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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Lesson in Secrets (A Maisie Dobbs Novel) by Jacqueline Winspear: Book Review

A Lesson in Secrets (A Maisie Dobbs Novel)
by Jacqueline Winspear
ISBN: 978-0-06-172767-2
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Buy from Indigo

Description: In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs’ career goes in an exciting new direction when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard’s Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities “not in the interests of His Majesty’s Government.”

When the college’s controversial pacifist founder and principal, Greville Liddicote, is murdered, Maisie is directed to stand back as Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane and Detective Chief Inspector Stratton spearhead the investigation. She soon discovers, however, that the circumstances of Liddicote’s death appear inextricably linked to the suspicious comings and goings of faculty and students under her surveillance.

To unravel this web, Maisie must overcome a reluctant Secret Service, discover shameful hidden truths about Britain’s conduct during the war, and face off against the rising powers of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei—the Nazi Party—in Britain.

A pivotal chapter in the life of Maisie Dobbs, A Lesson In Secrets marks the beginning of her intelligence work for the Crown. As the storm clouds of World War II gather on the horizon, Maisie will confront new challenges and new enemies—and will engage new readers and loyal fans of this bestselling mystery series

The Good Stuff
  • Lovely slow but interesting mystery story which sort of reminded me of Agatha Christie
  • Delightful inquisitive heroine with tons of perseverance and dry wit
  • Very British which I adore -must be why I married a man with British parents --even when they swear they sound so polite
  • Lots of twists and turns in the mystery so keeps you guessing on whodunit
  • I was really impressed with the fact, that you didn't have to read the other books in the series to know what was going on and a sense of who people are
  • Maisie is a very realistic heroine
  • Enjoyed the message about Woman and War and of Peace
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Won't lie, it was a little slow at times for me
  • A little too overly proper -- but hey that was how it was like in that point in history
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She's like a good many women, Maisie; they toe the line very well until someone they love-a child, a spouse - is threatened or harmed, and then you see a completely different side to them.  Had that not been so, then this country would never have come through the war. Wars are fought by men, Maisie-but the winning is down to women who are prepared to break windows for their own."

"A man who stands up for what he believes in instead of fighting for what someone else believes in is a threat -- people cannot bear someone who has that sort of strength and fortitude."

 " You should know, however, that I do not work for His Majesty's gratitude, honor that it is. I prefer my payment to be more tangible."
" Are you sure you're not a Scot?" MacFarlane smiled as Huntley passed a series of documents to Maisie."

What I Learned
  • about conscientious objectors
  • Some history of the war - especially the period between the two World Wars
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Perfect for mystery lovers and fans of Agatha Christie
  • Definitely not for those who need constant excitement

4 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review

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