Set in 1938 just before World War II , Maisie Dobbs has gone back to Britain to rest and take comfort with friend Priscilla and her family after the tragedies she managed to survived in the previous book. She finds herself with a little too much time to kill until she finds she’s being followed by the British Secret Service . After their meeting, Maisie must decide if she wants to join the mission and travel to Munich posing as the daughter of Leon Donat, a famous British engineer who has allegedly been captured and maybe even sent to a concentration camp in Dachau where his luck may be sealed if Maisie doesn’t cooperate and supports the mission.
Besides her secret mission, Maisie must also learn to forgive and move on when someone from the past requests her help to attempt bringing their daughter back to England before World War II explodes .
I love this series because Maisie Dobbs has proved to be a very courageous and versatile female character,a self-made woman being born into a poor home and having worked as a war nurse and also a psychologist and ultimately as an investigator for her own agency, never ceases to amaze me how intelligent and unnerving she can be to help others and make things right. The cast of supporting characters as her friend Priscilla, the nervous consul Mr. Leslie and a new character, a mysterious American known as Mr. Scott his contact for the British Secret service combined with the right amount of historical background which paints the fear and uncertainty that Europe lived during the years previous to World War II turn this books into a very enjoyable one.
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