Journey to Munich
A NovelBook - 2016
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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. . . .
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Maisie Dobbs begins a new chapter of her life in the latest from Jacqueline Winspear.
In her last, much darker adventure, Maisie is still mourning her husband and unborn daughter. She retreated to a region of the world facing civil strife, and immersed herself in a murder investigation, nursing and even some spying. In this 12th novel she has returned to her native England, more herself but still processing the events that changed her life. However an old associate in the police force has been seconded to Whitehall, and he and his new colleagues know that danger is approaching from Germany’s borders.
They ask Maisie to travel to Germany – to the heart of the new Nazi regime – to retrieve a scientist they believe imprisoned in the now infamous Dachau camp. To do so, Maisie must pose as his daughter, learn German, and how to shoot a pistol. Initially unsure but feeling it is something she must do, Maisie readies herself to leave – and then the man she blames for her husband’s death makes a request of her – one that opens wounds that had just begun to heal, and shows her just how much steel she can summon when in duress.
Fans of the BBC television series Foyles War will love Maisie Dobbs, a thoughtful, introspective heroine who tries to be at peace with her past, while using the lessons it taught her to build a brighter future. Winspear builds tension very subtly throughout, yet the story moves at a quick pace; and though this latest novel is much more a historical adventure than mystery (those familiar with Canadian and British WWII history will no doubt recognize the character based on Lord Beaverbrook), toward the end the author moves Maisie’s character back into familiar investigative territory, promising further mysteries down the road.
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