Library Journal Review
In her latest entry, Maisie Dobbs, a World War I nurse-turned-psychologist and investigator, returns to her investigative roots when she is approached with a new case by Dr. Francesca Thomas, a British Secret Service agent with whom she had trained in Journey to Munich. Great Britain has just entered what will be the Second World War, and there is an atmosphere of unease. Maisie is to look into the murders of Belgian refugees from the previous war. As she researches the deaths, it becomes apparent that Francesca has not told her the whole truth. A secondary parallel mystery evolves when Maisie's father and stepmother take in a child evacuee from London. Anna refuses to speak and carries her suitcase with her everywhere. Her situation and youth tug particularly on Maisie's emotions, and she becomes involved in helping the child find her family. Verdict Winspear's compelling series entry feels very timely in light of our current political climate over issues of refugees and immigration. Fans will line up to get this installment, but it also serves as a good introduction for new readers. [See Prepub Alert, 9/19/16.]-Kristen Stewart, Pearland Lib., Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
The plot of bestseller Winspear's uneven 13th Maisie Dobbs novel (after 2016's Journey to Munich) has promise. Shortly after Neville Chamberlain's announcement on Sept. 3, 1939, that Britain is at war with Germany, Maisie receives a summons-to her own London flat-from Francesca Thomas, a member of a Belgian resistance movement during WWI. Thomas asks the psychologist and investigator to look into the murder of a Belgian refugee, railway engineer Frederick Addens, who was shot execution-style. Scotland Yard has made little progress on what for them is a low-priority case. Maisie agrees to help, despite her reservations about her client. Unfortunately, Maisie shows a lack of acuity when she not only endorses her late mentor's dubious aphorism, "Coincidence is a messenger sent by Truth," but also agrees that it merits displaying on her office wall, so as to be the first thing that she and her staff see every workday. The mystery fails to grip, and the quality of the prose falls short of Winspear's usual high standard. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.