To Die But Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline WinspearTo Die But Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

To Die But Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

byJacqueline Winspear

Paperback | March 27, 2018

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Maisie Dobbs—one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction (Richmond Times Dispatch)—faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II.

During the months following Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever.

Maisie’s investigation leads her from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime opportunism exploited by one of the London underworld’s most powerful men, in a case that serves as a reminder of the inextricable link between money and war. Yet when a final confrontation approaches, she must acknowledge the potential cost to her future—and the risk of destroying a dream she wants very much to become reality.

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:To Die But Once: A Maisie Dobbs NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.84 inPublished:March 27, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062834398

ISBN - 13:9780062834393

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure how long this series can last. Having enjoyed earlier books in the Maisie Dobbs series, I find newer ones more predictable. Maisie has experienced a number of losses in her life, and her character doesn't seem to have the determination/fire/energy of earlier stories. Research into toxic substances used without protective clothing etc. and the casualties is interesting, and relatable. However, the story is slow moving, and the concerned parents of Joe [victim] predictable. Racketeering -not new, but lacked danger/excitement...
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from L Just super super great writing. Can’t wait to read again
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Disappointing Read I have read and enjoyed all the previous books in the Maisie Dobbs series and always look forward to a new installment. Unfortunately I found "To Die But Once" a slow-moving tale without much to catch my interest. Set in Britain during the early days of World War II, the story concerns Maisie's quest to find out how the son of a local pub owner died while working for a contractor. While the mystery is solved by the end of the book, I was never absorbed by the events and found "To Die But Once" a disappointing read.
Date published: 2018-03-28

Editorial Reviews

“In addition to providing a very good mystery, Winspear does a smashing job describing the bravery exhibited by everyday Britons as the fear of invasion becomes ever more real.”