Maisie is still reeling from her status as a widow, dealing with the grief and anger of loss. Priscilla provides a safe shelter within her family, but Maisie is an independent woman who needs to be on her own. The hunt for an apartment has commenced. It is in this frame of mind she is approached by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. Her country needs her. One of England’s boffins has been locked up by the Nazis in Dachau. Already in 1938 it is clear to the men in the secret service that they may well have need of a boffin, a man who invents things and has a gift for figuring out problems. The Germans have no idea of their prisoner’s talents and so a deal has been struck for his release, but it has conditions. Instead of the usual methods, they will only release him to a member of his family. Maisie is needed to pretend to be the daughter, go to Munich and collect the man. Complications ensue. Not least of which is the help requested by a man she holds responsible for her husband’s death. Winspear paints a vivid picture of Germany under Hitler before the war. An American enters the story in a brash manner, adding to the storyline. I look forward to each new entry in the Maisie Dobbs series!— Deon Stonehouse
Working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler’s Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue—the twelfth novel in Jacqueline Winspear’s New York Times bestselling “series that seems to get better with each entry” (Wall Street Journal).
It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square—a place of many memories—she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man’s wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie—who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter—to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.
The British government is not alone in its interest in Maisie’s travel plans. Her nemesis—the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death—has learned of her journey, and is also desperate for her help.
Traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, Maisie encounters unexpected dangers—and finds herself questioning whether it’s time to return to the work she loved. But the Secret Service may have other ideas. . . .
About the Author
Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling 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 Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.