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In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear
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In This Grave Hour

by Jacqueline Winspear

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Series: Maisie Dobbs (13)

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All the expected flaws and virtues, but the mystery is sort of dumb. ( )
  themulhern | Nov 29, 2018 |
Maisie Dobbs has reopened her investigative agency in her old offices and with her old assistant, Billy Boyle and her newer assistant, Sandra Pickering. The story begins on September 3, 1939, the day that Britain declared war with Germany. Maisie is approached by a former colleague in the intelligence community and asked to take on a case. Francesca Thomas now works for the Belgian embassy, and she asks Maisie to look into the deaths of Belgian refugees from the first world war. Meanwhile, Maisie’s father, her stepmother, and her late husband’s parents open their homes to children who’ve been evacuated from London. Maisie’s stepmother, Brenda, is troubled by one small girl who doesn’t seem to belong. The girl hasn’t spoken since she arrived. Maisie takes on the responsibility of finding out who the girl is, where she came from, and what needs to be done to care for her.

This is a strong entry in the series. The last couple of books in the series involved more espionage than detection. In this book, Maisie returns to the type of case that attracted readers to this series in the first place, with the war as a backdrop. Maisie’s best friend, Priscilla Partridge, never fully recovered from the loss of her three brothers in the First World War. I have long been worried about Priscilla’s three sons, and indeed one of them has joined the RAF and his life will be in danger. While I look forward to Maisie’s subsequent adventures, I dread what might become of Priscilla’s boys and Billy’s sons. ( )
  cbl_tn | Oct 14, 2018 |
Maisie Dobbs is back at work in London as a private investigator, with the assistance of the dedicated Billy Beale and Sandra Pickering. Maisie still grieves because of the losses she has endured, but the passage of time is slowly easing her pain. Jacqueline Winspear's "In This Grave Hour" begins on September 3, 1939, the day that Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared war on Germany. Although no one is particularly shocked at the news, Maisie has good reason to be dismayed. She had been one of the courageous nurses who tended to wounded soldiers during the First World War. She dreads the prospect of further carnage.

Dr. Francesca Thomas--who was part of the Belgian resistance and has ties to the British Secret Service--hires Maisie to look into the murder of Frederick Addens, a refugee who settled in England, married, and had two grown children. The perpetrator forced Addens to kneel down and then shot him in the head. Other deaths follow. Sensing that Francesca is not disclosing everything she knows, Maisie forges ahead with her routine of composing a case map to organize her thoughts. Subsequently, she, Billy, and Sandra conduct research, interview witnesses, and seek evidence that they hope will reveal the killer's identity.

The mystery is engrossing, but it takes a back seat to the book's diverse and colorful characters, emotional resonance, and historical authenticity. The author conveys the horror of soldiers returning from the front shell-shocked and/or physically mutilated, and the despair of bereaved family members who learn that their loved ones will never return. As her inquiry proceeds, Maisie comes to realize that events from the past have cast a grim shadow on the present. Winspear enriches her tale with compelling subplots about Anna, a four-year-old orphan who steals Maisie's heart, a charming Alsatian dog named Emma, and touching scenes with Maisie's generous and wise in-laws, father, and stepmother. After a brief lull, the Second World War is about to erupt in full force, and Maisie's loyal fans can look forward to this courageous heroine once again placing herself in the line of fire. ( )
  booklover915 | Oct 9, 2018 |
Loved this installment of the Maisie Dobbs series! Finally, one that wasn't so melancholy and dark. Yes, WWII is looming, but it's early days yet as they would say. Maisie's case is very tricky and puzzling trying to figure out why Belgium refugees were getting killed one after another. What was the link? Who was behind it? And then there was the small task of trying to figure out where little Anna came from and who sent her with the other evacuee children. With Sandra and Billy's help, Maisie gets it all sorted out. It was also enjoyable to see other characters return like Stratton, MacFarlaine and Dr. Thomas. ( )
  MichelleConnell | Sep 26, 2018 |
The mystery was not as entertaining as it usually is in a Maisie Dobbs book and it's time that Maisie had a happy ending. ( )
  olegalCA | Sep 15, 2018 |
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Davidson, AndrewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history. . .for the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war.

--King George VI, September 3rd, 1939
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Irene, Joyce, Sylvia, Joseph, Ruby, Charles, and Rose
Our family's World War II evacuees
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Maisie Dobbs left her garden flat in Holland Park, taking care to lock the door to her private entrance as she departed.
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As Britain becomes engulfed in a second World War, the indomitable Maisie Dobbs is plunged into a treacherous battle of her own when she stumbles on the deaths of refugees who may have been more than ordinary people seeking sanctuary on English soil, in this enthralling chapter in Jacqueline Winspear’s enormously popular New York Times bestselling series.

Critics have long sung the praises of Jacqueline Winspear and her bestselling Maisie Dobbs series. In the thirteenth installment, Maisie—"one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting." (Parade)—is back with more mystery, adventure, and psychological insight.

When readers last saw Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938 and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Führer himself. In This Grave Hour, a year has passed and Maisie is back home in England—yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead. But when she stumbles on the deaths of a group of refugees, Maisie suspects the enemy may be closer than anyone knows.

Old fans will be delighted at Maisie’s return and new readers will be hooked by this thrilling installment in Jacqueline Winspear’s "thoughtful, probing series"
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When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Fuhrer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead. But when she stumbles on the deaths of a group of refugees, Maisie suspects the enemy may be closer than anyone knows.… (more)

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