Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor #1) by Jennifer McGowan

Title: Maid of Secrets
Series: Maids of Honor #1
Author: Jennifer McGowan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Pages: 416, Hardcover
Source: ARC obtained from trading

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Meg Fellowes is a wry, resourceful thief forced to join an elite group of female spies in Queen Elizabeth’s Court. There she must solve a murder, save the Crown, and resist the one thing that will become her greatest freedom–and her deadliest peril.

For Meg and her fellow spies are not alone in their pursuit of the murderer who stalks Windsor Castle.

A young, mysterious Spanish courtier, Count Rafe de Martine, appears at every turn in the dark and scandal-filled corridors of the Queen’s summer palace. And though secrets and danger are Meg’s stock-in-trade, she’s never bargained on falling in love…


I really enjoyed Maid of Secrets. But rather than me tell you, in so many words, that the plot was engaging and the characters were likably unalike, I thought I’d take a different approach. Using my powers of table-making, I laid out what Maid of Secrets IS (nifty adjectives that I’d use to describe this book), and what Maid of Secrets HAS (plot elements that might appeal to you). The result….


Now if a line item appeals to you, indicate as such with a (mental) check mark. There is a total possible score of 20 (i.e. you like everything in the table). And here is how you may interpret your score.

I myself am on a big spy kick and I always love books that take place in the past, especially those with an opulent setting. Really this book was perfect for me and I’d easily recommend this to others.  

Final note: I can draw a parallel between Grave Mercy and Maid of Secrets, and I’d suggest if you liked one that you read the other.



  1. The British court, spices, thieves, forbidden romance, mystery. All in one book? I'm sold. It seems to be a smart, creative twist on historical fiction.

    Mada Sch @ All Fantasy Worlds.

  2. I love the format of this review, Nicole. I read this book some time back and absolutely loved it as well.
    It was such an amazing read and the characters were fabulous!
    I'm glad that you enjoyed it as much as I did!
    Lovely review! :)

  3. I LOVED Grave Mercy but I had a hard time getting into Maid of Secrets. I think I wanted it to be too much like Grave Mercy. BUUUUT. I did put it down and haven't come back to it yet so there's still time for me to love it! :)

  4. I had this one from the library, but I had to take it back! It sounds perfect! I loved this review and table and what not!

  5. I wanted to read this when I first heard about it and then I got turned down on Edelweiss and forgot about it. I love the sound of it -- going to go request it at the library!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  6. I just want to say that I love your chart. Seriously you are so creative. I think I am going to like this book. I'm so glad you reviewed it because for some reason the cover was keeping me away from taking notice.

  7. What a fun way to review this book. I had at least 17 out of 20, so I guess I need to pick it up huh :D



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