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

Paperback | February 23, 2016

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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 was born in the county of Kent, England. She was educated at the University of London's Institute of Education. After graduation, she worked in academic publishing, in higher education, and in marketing communications in the UK. In 1990, she emigrated to the United States. She was working in business and as a person...
Title:A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006222056X

ISBN - 13:9780062220561

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderfyl & evocative Maisie Dobbs book! In order to avoid spoilers I am not going to summarize the story in this book. Suffice it to say that Maisie is at a crossroads in her life & disembarks early from a ship headed to England in Gibraltar to try to figure out her future. Less of this book deals with investigating a mystery than normal and more with explaining & dealing with Maisie's personal crisis. If I was judging this book only as a mystery book I would give it a 4 star rating. But rating it as a well written & evocative book that examines the personality & life of a well loved character I give it a five star rating. Maisie has always been a character conflicted by her humble past & her more worldly status as a result of her inheritance from Dr. Maurice Blanche & her relationships with the Compton family & this book delves further into that conflict. I really enjoyed the author's character development of Maisie & I loved the references to characters from past Maisie books. I hope that future Maisie books will find some of the past characters as regulars; they are missed. I thought that her handling of the Spanish Civil War, a conflict that I had never taken the time to fully understand, was deft & much appreciated. This book is a wonderful handling of a personal crisis that adds the element of mystery & historical fiction.
Date published: 2015-03-23

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.”