A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline WinspearA Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

byJacqueline Winspear

Hardcover | March 17, 2015

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Four years after she set sail from England, leaving everything she most loved behind, Maisie Dobbs at last returns, only to find herself in a dangerous place . . .  

In Jacqueline Winspear‘s  powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy, a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gibraltar leads Maisie into a web of lies, deceit, and peril.

Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability—and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father Frankie Dobbs is not getting any younger.

But on a ship bound for England, Maisie realizes she isn’t ready to return. Against the wishes of the captain who warns her, “You will be alone in a most dangerous place,” she disembarks in Gibraltar. Though she is on her own, Maisie is far from alone: the British garrison town is teeming with refugees fleeing a brutal civil war across the border in Spain.

Yet the danger is very real. Days after Maisie’s arrival, a photographer and member of Gibraltar’s Sephardic Jewish community, Sebastian Babayoff, is murdered, and Maisie becomes entangled in the case, drawing the attention of the British Secret Service. Under the suspicious eye of a British agent, Maisie is pulled deeper into political intrigue on “the Rock”—arguably Britain’s most important strategic territory—and renews an uneasy acquaintance in the process. At a crossroads between her past and her future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way.

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of theNew York TimesbestsellersLeaving Everything Most Loved,Elegy for Eddie,A Lesson in Secrets,The Mapping of Love and Death,Among the Mad, andAn Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other national bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. Her standalone novel,The Care and Management of Lies, was also aNew Yor...
Title:A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.05 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062220551

ISBN - 13:9780062220554

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mixed Emotions Let me start by saying I am huge fan of the Maisie Dobbs series and think Jacqueline Winspear is a wonderful writer. Here are my 2 cents on the most recent book...I have suspected for many books now that Maisie would have some sort of roll to play in WWII, whether it be as some sort of spy, investigator, "intelligence officer" etc. When Maisie and James came together I thought that they were a bit of an odd couple but then thought they were great together and I thought they would work together as "spies" during WWII as a team. I personally would have loved that direction, but it appears that Maisie is destined to be sad, lonely and unattached. It is now clear that the author is now getting ready to introduce WWII and Maisie's roll working for the British - time will tell if my prediction is true. The story itself was an engaging quick read, I loved the location it was the first book I have read actually set in Gibraltar and the timeframe of the war in Spain, something I am slowly learning more about. I loved the reference to Billy - I love his character...I hope the author can find ways for cameo appearances in future books. I am glad I read some of the other reviews first before diving into this book or else I may have expressed dismay as other readers did over the loss of James and their unborn child and like other readers would have liked atleast one story with James and Maisie together starting a family. I am definitely intrigued to see what is next for Maisie...
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Maisie is Back After reading the other review on the site I totally agree with that reviewer's comments. While I enjoyed the novel, I became a bit frustrated with the spy angle, and not being familiar with the Spanish Civil War, the politics and subterfuge became a bit confusing. I really enjoy her characters, who come across as very real. I will indeed keep reading to see how Maisie tackles her next adventure.
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Maisie A Dangerous Place is the latest (#11) entry in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series. The opening first pages of A Dangerous Place were quite jarring - a great tragedy has befallen Maisie. I won't spoil it for you, but this loss devastates her. (And truly this reader as well - I'm saddened at this turn of events.) So much so, that she has no desire to return to England - instead she only gets as far as Gibraltar. It's 1937 and the Spanish Civil War is underway. I've always enjoyed the slow building and piecing together of clues on the road to the final reveal in Winspear's novels. The path is never a straight line from A to B which is of course what makes a great mystery. In A Dangerous Place the route to the end is quite roundabout and busy - a bit too much in my opinion. Winspear has grown the series - and Maisie - with new directions taken in the past few books. There is of course a dead body in A Dangerous Place (every mystery needs one!) But, the ensuing investigation is a political cat and mouse game with watchers watching the watched. And sadly, I became tired of it. What I really enjoyed was what I have enjoyed in previous Maisie books - the slow coming to answers with interviews, visits and Maisie's case map. This is still present in A Dangerous Place. But what I didn't like was the political cat and mouse games and the duplicity of almost every character. It was, well, just too much. This may just be my bias - I am not a 'spy novel' fan. Winspear's descriptions of time and place are excellent. Maisie walks the streets of Gibraltar many times - I could vividly picture the old women mending their nets, Mr. Solomon's haberdashery and Mr. Salazar's cafe, as she visits these locations many times. (And it's always fun to see a mention of a place in Canada that I'm familiar with - however brief!) It's always interesting to see why or when a title was chosen for a book. This one has a great quote from Albert Einstein in the epigraph....."The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." And this completely defines Maisie - she is one of the people who 'do'. This quality is one of the main reasons I have come to enjoy this character so much - her determination, her intellect, her compassion, her curiosity and her inability to let injustice go unnoticed. "...he taught me about duty, about doing all in our power to bring a sense of...a sense of rest and calm to those left behind. I was - I am, I suppose - an advocate for the dead." I found the ending quite satisfying - it was a 'return to roots' for Maisie. I will be very curious to see where Winspear takes her character from here. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series - this is a character and author that I do quite like. A Dangerous Place is a good read but isn't my favourite in the series. Readers new to this author will want to start at the beginning to fully come to appreciate this character.
Date published: 2015-03-17

Editorial Reviews

“Winspear elegantly weaves historical events with Maisie’s own suffering—the bombing of Guernica is particularly well-done—all while constructing an engaging whodunit. Fans of this long-running series will welcome Maisie’s return in this 11th installment while feeling the pain of her losses as deeply as if they were their own.”