A Lesson in Secrets (Paperback)
My first Maisie Dobbs mystery is Jacqueline Winspear’s eighth book in her highly acclaimed series. I shall have to start with her first book and catch up since I was very much taken by Maisie and her independent nature. The year is 1932 and Maisie’s begins her first assignment with the British Secret Service and Scotland Yard’s Special Branch as a junior lecturer at a Cambridge private college. The College of St Francis was recently founded on pacifist principles by Greville Liddicote who is found dead shortly after Maisie’s arrival. The rise of Hitler and British Nazi sympathizers is a major theme in this book as Maisie and her colleagues attempt to unravel the circumstances surrounding Liddicote’s death. Maisie’s instincts, integrity, and investigative skills are crucial in solving the crime.— From Joan's Picks
From New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear, now available in paperback-- the latest episode in the New York Times bestselling series, 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.
Private investigator Maisie Dobbs receives her first assignment from the British Secret Service in A Lesson in Secrets, the eighth book in Jacqueline Winspear's award-winning mystery series. Sent to pose as a junior lecturer at a private college in Cambridge, she will monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government." When the college's pacifist founder is murdered, Maisie finds herself in the midst of sinister web of murder, scandal, and conspiracy, activities that point towards members of the ascendant Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei--the Nazi Party--on Britain's shores. An instant classic, and sure to captivate long-time Maisie Dobbs fans as well as readers of Agatha Christie, Elizabeth George, and Alexander McCall Smith, A Lesson in Secrets is "a powerful and complex novel, one that will linger in memory as a testament to her talent and her humanity" (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
“Maisie is one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting.”
“The combination of period detail and intricate storytelling makes A Lesson in Secrets seem distant enough to be romantic but sufficiently modern to engage our sympathies.”
-Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
“With an affecting storyline and graceful prose, Winspear has again created a powerful and complex novel, one that will linger in memory as a testament to her talent and her humanity.”