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A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel Paperback – February 23, 2016
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“With clarity and economy, Winspear lays the historical groundwork….The setting matters, but what may matter more is the lovely, sometimes poetic way Winspear pushes her heroine forward….May she shine on the literary scene for many books to come.” (USA Today, 3.5 out of 4 stars)
“A gripping and moving story, filled with fully realized characters and spare but stylish prose….As always, Maisie—one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction—fulfills expectations. And Winspear continues to dazzle as she once again excels in and transcends the genre.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“This eleventh entry in the Maisie Dobbs series, with enough backstory to stand alone, shows the same meticulous research that grounds these books so firmly in their time and place, along with moving life changes that further humanize the intrepid protagonist. Another winner from Winspear.” (Booklist, starred review)
“The latest installment of Jacqueline Winspear’s consistently interesting series….[Maisie’s] drawn into a climate of political intrigue that repels her-but keeps the rest of us avidly reading.” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)
“Maisie would be interesting enough as a combination psychologist, empath and detective, but Winspear endows her with a rich backstory….With the clouds of war gathering, we can only expect that the British government will have uses for such a clever and effective woman....Interesting times ahead.” (Bobbi Dumas, NPR Books)
“A welcome addition to the series….It’s an understatement to note that Ms. Winspear, as usual, has made excellent use of her background research.” (Nora Levine, HeadButler.com)
“Winspear elegantly weaves historical events with Maisie’s own suffering—the bombing of Guernica is particularly well-done—all while constructing an engaging whodunit. Fans of this long-running series will welcome Maisie’s return in this 11th installment while feeling the pain of her losses as deeply as if they were their own.” (Kirkus)
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“Another winner from Winspear.”—Booklist (starred review)
Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability—and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, she hopes to find peace by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her to England: her aging father, Frankie Dobbs, is not getting any younger.
On a ship bound for England, Maisie realizes she isn’t ready to return and disembarks in Gibraltar. In the British garrison town at the southern tip of Spain, she becomes enmeshed in the murder of Sebastian Babayoff, a photographer and member of Gibraltar’s Sephardic Jewish community. Meanwhile, at a crossroads between her past and future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way.“As always, Maisie—one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction—fulfills expectations. And Winspear continues to dazzle as she once again excels in and transcends the genre.”—Richmond Times–Dispatch
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Winspear does her usual marvelous job in giving readers a real feel for the setting. With the Spanish Civil War raging just over the border, with the build-up to World War II, Gibraltar's strategic position makes it extremely valuable to many countries, and it seems that they all have representatives in place, lurking around the corners of buildings and following Maisie wherever she goes.
The author has also created a strong secondary cast-- Salazar the café owner, Mrs. Bishop the owner of the guesthouse, and the dead man's sister among them. The more the story unfolds, the more it seems that no one is whom they first appear to be, and with the number of people spying on others it's a miracle they don't start tripping over each other. This is a presentiment of another problem I'm beginning to have with a series I've loved since its inception.
The closer to World War II the series becomes, the more the storylines are delving into the shadowy world of spies and double-dealing. I've never cared for spy novels, so I'm definitely not enjoying this foray into that world. But as a character told Maisie in a previous book, once those spy organizations get their hooks into you, they don't let you go. I really don't want to see Maisie go down that road.
Although the mystery is rather slow to unfold, it does pick up speed and becomes quite intriguing. I enjoyed watching Maisie solve a complex case, just as I enjoyed the author's depiction of Gibraltar at this very tumultuous time. I'm deeply invested in Winspear's character. Maisie's story has grown from being a rags-to-riches tale to something deeper and much more meaningful. But for the past few books, Maisie has seemed to take two steps back to every three steps forward. Her experiences during World War I have left an indelible mark upon her of which she seems unwilling or unable to let go. With her constant musing on the past, I just can't quite see her as a successful spy in the next calamitous war to come. I am at a crossroads, and I am actually wondering if I'll be continuing with this series-- something that would have been completely unthinkable in the past.
It's now April 1937, and Maisie has alighted in Gibraltar. It's "a place seething with those dispossessed by war across the border." The Spanish Civil War is raging.
For years before leaving England in 1933, Maisie had operated as a "psychologist and investigator." When she stumbles across a dead body shortly after arriving in Gibraltar, she's unable to resist investigating the death. The police insist the victim, a local photographer who was a Sephardic Jew, had been murdered by a vagrant. Maisie is convinced otherwise. Her conviction, and her compulsion to act, lead her into a tangled mystery involving arms smugglers aiding the Republican forces in Spain's civil war. The investigation takes her onto the front lines in Madrid, where the loyalist Republicans are valiantly resisting Francisco Franco's Fascist legions. As the action unfolds, the German and Italian destruction of Guernica takes place.
I've read and enjoyed the ten previous novels in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series. I found A Dangerous Place less enjoyable because I had difficulty understanding Maisie's thinking and the motivation of several other characters in the story. Why did she insist on investigating that murder? Why is the British secret service following her so closely? (Her father-in-law's interest is unconvincing.) Who was the mysterious blond man who appeared in one of the photographer's photos? Winspear's answers to these questions weren't satisfying.
The Spanish civil war rages, and Gibraltar is a very dangerous place to be. Maisie finds herself trailed by Scotland Yard, the local police and by a strange local carpenter whose motives are unclear. She stumbles over the battered body of a photographer, and Maisie, being the professional detective that she is, decides to solve his murder.
This is far from the best Maisie Dobbs mystery. The solution is twisted and satisfying, and the political commentary is as useful and as true today as much as it was back in the days when Hitler rose to power and socialists fought Fascists in Spain, but as Maisie wanders the maze of war and political intrigue, the reader sometimes gets lost.
Descriptions of the dead, the maimed and the real cost of war will haunt the reader
The essence of this wonderful character, Maisie Dobbs is lost is lost in this novel. her fans expect her to be a detective, not a nurse.
The next book in the series, where Maisie goes to Munich, looks more interesting. But remember that Maisie the spy and Maisie the nurse are much different from Maisie the detective. Perhaps the author, as she takes the character through interesting historical times, is losing the original intent which was to write detective stories featuring an investigator psychologist.