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Title:
Journey to Munich : a novel
Author(s):
Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955-
ISBN/ISSN:
9780062220608

0062220608
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Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
287 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
A Maisie Dobbs novel ; book 12

Maisie Dobbs novel.
Abstract:
It's early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square--a place of many memories--she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man's wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie--who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter--to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.
Pub Date:
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
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Summary

Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler's Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue--the twelfth novel in Jacqueline Winspear's New York Times bestselling "series that seems to get better with each entry" (Wall Street Journal).

It's early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square--a place of many memories--she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man's wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie--who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter--to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.

The British government is not alone in its interest in Maisie's travel plans. Her nemesis--the man she holds responsible for her husband's death--has learned of her journey, and is also desperate for her help.

Traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, Maisie encounters unexpected dangers--and finds herself questioning whether it's time to return to the work she loved. But the Secret Service may have other ideas. . . .


Author Notes

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 personal/professional coach when she decided to try writing.

Her first novel, Maisie Dobbs, won the Agatha Award for Best First novel, the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, and the Alex Award. She is the author of the Maisie Dobbs Mystery series. She has also won the Agatha Award for Best Novel, the inaugural Sue Feder/Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery, and the Bruce Alexander Award for Best Historical Mystery. Her title, A Dangerous Place, made The New York Times High Profile titles list. Journey to Munich, a book in the Maisie Dobbs Series, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Maisie Dobbs proves herself wily and fiercely determined again in this twelfth series entry, set in 1938, as she faces down another formidable enemy and some of her own personal demons. Happy with Maisie's previous successful mission (A Dangerous Place, 2015), British intelligence, again exercising its penchant for using civilian spies in the pre-WWII era, sends Maisie to retrieve Leon Donat, an elderly businessman accused of sedition, from Nazi clutches in Dachau. While Maisie's in Germany, an acquaintance hopes she will convince his daughter to leave her Nazi lover and return to England. In every way, things are a bit more complicated than anticipated, and our indomitable spy lands in a tight spot. A miasma of hatred, suspicion, and uncertainty pervades, and the inconsistencies in many characters' behavior highlight the fine moral line that, in wartime, is constantly shifting. A sense of melancholy and world-weariness makes this entry a little darker than others in the series. Readers who like this subtle mood shift may also enjoy Sarah R. Shaber's Louise Pearlie mysteries, and Rebecca Cantrell's Hannah Voguel novels.--Baker, Jen Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Winspear's subpar 12th Maisie Dobbs novel (after 2015's A Dangerous Place) finds Maisie still struggling with a double tragedy. Her beloved husband, James, died during the test of an experimental fighter plane, and the shock of witnessing the accident caused Maisie to miscarry. Meanwhile, the British Secret Service taps her for a mission into Nazi Germany on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938. Engineer Leon Donat is being held in Dachau after being arrested for involvement in the production of an underground newspaper. The Germans agree to release Donat but only to a family member. Since his one surviving relative, his grown daughter, is seriously ill, Maisie is to impersonate her to gain Donat's freedom. As if that assignment isn't perilous enough, Maisie also agrees to look for a woman who has disappeared in Munich, the person who should have piloted the fighter instead of James. Maisie is unconvincing as an undercover operative, and the plot relies too heavily on contrivances. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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