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.
This is book 15 in a series I haven’t read before. My to be read pile just got significantly larger.
This is beautifully atmospheric historical drama with an extremely engaging heroine in Maisie Dobbs..the author brings the sense of the world wars to life around you, offering both perspective on that and an intriguing, clever mystery element.
Even though I was a little lost coming into the major character arcs so late this didn’t affect my enjoyment of this story at all. Jacqueline Winspear keeps you involved throughout, the writing being highly immersive and the plot offering all the twists of the best crime novels with the added advantage of the historical setting.
Overall this was a really great read and I look forward to going back to previous stories.