When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. Accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich in 1938—he asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death.
As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the citizens of London, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect the young evacuee she has grown to love. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend—and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.
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I’m a huge fan of historical fiction especially if it’s set in world war two so I was extremely excited to find a whole new series of fantastic books to read! If you like thrilling historical crime fiction with some fantastic historical detail then you’ll love this book!
The historical detail in this book is brilliant and made me feel that I was actually there experiencing things alongside Maisie. This was especially true of the descriptions of Maisie’s experience in the blitz which was so vividly described I felt I could feel her fear and smell the smoke of the bombs which made for a wonderful reading experience.
Maisie was a wonderful main character that I absolutely loved. She’s a very skilled detective whose precision and attention to detail made the unravelling of the mystery side of this novel very intriguing. It was great to see how her mind worked and watch as she discovered what was going on. It was nice to get to know Maisie on a more personal level too through her trips home where the reader gets to learn a little bit more about what’s going on in her life.
Overall I thought this was a very intriguing historical mystery that I so enjoyed reading . I hadn’t heard of this series before so was surprised to discover this was number 15 in the series, though thrilled as it meant I had a fabulous new series to discover. Despite this I felt that this book could easily be read as a standalone as anything you need to know is explained.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Alison & Busby for my copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author:
Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Timesbestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes In This Grave Hour, Journey to Munich, A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, and eight other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Timesbestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.