“Paints a keen picture of a woman and a country struggling to remain calm in the face of sweeping changes.... Deftly blending historical detail with taut suspense and her usual thoughtful exploration of Maisie’s inner life, Winspear turns in another satisfying entry in her beloved series.” (Shelf Awareness)
“Maisie Dobbs has found herself another war…. Sizzling.” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)
“Taut, tense, beautifully written.… What you may not expect is the inventiveness of Winspear’s twists, the on-edge excitement they provoke, or the philosophical issues and psychological depths they all allow her to explore.” (Robert Bianco, USA Today)
“Elegantly balances Maisie’s emotional turmoil and dogged patriotism with the growing tensions of a Europe on the brink of war.” (Kirkus)
“Maisie Dobbs proves herself wily and fiercely determined again in this twelfth series entry.” (Booklist)
“A detective series to savor.” (Time)
“For readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P.D. James’s Cordelia Gray, Maisie Dobbs is spot on.” (Boston Globe)
“Maisie Dobbs is a revelation.” (Alexander McCall Smith)
From the Back Cover
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.
It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs has returned to England from war-torn Spain. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks toward Fitzroy Square—a place that holds many memories for her—she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release an important British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man’s daughter—his only child—is gravely ill and his wife deceased, the Secret Service need a first-class female agent to present herself in the guise of his daughter at Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich. They want her to bring home a man crucial to Britain’s war plans.
The British government is not alone in its interest in Maisie’s journey to Munich. Her nemesis—the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death—has learned of her journey, and is desperate for help of a more personal nature.
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. . . .