A Lesson in Secrets
Maisie Dobbs' first assignment for the British Secret Service takes her undercover to Cambridge as a professor—and leads to the investigation of a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party. In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts... show more
Maisie Dobbs' first assignment for the British Secret Service takes her undercover to Cambridge as a professor—and leads to the investigation of a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party. In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities "not in the inter-ests of His Majesty's government." When the college's controversial pacifist founder and principal, Greville Liddicote, is murdered, Maisie is directed to stand back as Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane and Detective Chief Inspector Richard Stratton spearhead the investigation. She soon discovers, however, that the circumstances of Liddicote's death appear inextricably linked to the suspicious comings and goings of faculty and students under her surveillance. To unravel this web, Maisie must overcome a reluctant Secret Service, discover shameful hidden truths about Britain's conduct during the Great War, and face off against the rising powers of the "Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei"—the Nazi Party—in Britain. As the storm clouds of World War II gather on the horizon, this pivotal chapter in the life of Maisie Dobbs foreshadows new challenges and powerful enemies facing the psychologist and investigator—and will engage new readers and loyal fans of this "outstanding" series (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review).
Publish date: March 22nd 2011
Pages no: 321
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, Cozy Mystery
Series: Maisie Dobbs (#8)
Anther great entry in the Maisie Dobbs series. This book has Maisie branching out and working for the secret service in addition to her own private investigation practice. This book also moves forward the history of the series and there is now a great deal of talk about the rise of the Nazi party ...
Maisie gets caught up in Secret Service stuff investigating a college in Cambridge and at the same time trying to work out what happened with Sandra, a girl she knew from service. Her work as a detective has become complicated by her mission and she's trying to do the best for herself and for other...
Reading this series always puts me in mind of sitting on the banks of a slowly moving river on a beautiful early summer day. I feel absolutely wonderful reading these books even if they are about murder and the effects of war. The only thing that bothers me is that I honestly can not give them 5 sta...
Another excellent novel by J. Winspear, furthering the development of Maisie Dobbs, and bringing closer to an end the period between the wars, with touching foreshadowing on developments that are certainly to come with the adolescent children of her friends on the eve of the Second World War. Again...