About In This Grave Hour• Hardcover: 352 pages
• Publisher: Harper (March 14, 2017)
“A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander.” — Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air, on Maisie Dobbs
Sunday September 3rd 1939. At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs’ flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.
In a London shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian refugee is found murdered. And as Maisie delves deeper into the killings of the dispossessed from the “last war,” a new kind of refugee — an evacuee from London — appears in Maisie’s life. The little girl billeted at Maisie’s home in Kent does not, or cannot, speak, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on the “Operation Pied Piper” evacuee train. They know only that her name is Anna.
As Maisie’s search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come. Britain is approaching its gravest hour — and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own.
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About Jacqueline WinspearJacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes In This Grave Hour, Journey to Munich, A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, and eight other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.
Find out more about Jacqueline at her website, www.jacquelinewinspear.com, and find her on Facebook.
I love anything World War II related, and especially England. The book takes place in the Fall of 1939 when everyone is awaiting the impending War, but there's not really much going on. There's no war, but there are a bunch of murders happening which Maisie Dobbs is well immersed into. She is trying to solve a couple of murders, one being that of an immigrant to London from the World War I.
The whole book focuses on the murders but also on how people are dealing with the impending war looming over their shoulders. Mothers struggling with their children going off to war, wives and girlfriends watching their husbands and boyfriends enlisting and so forth.
There is a lot going on in the story, not so much about the war itself but the preparations, the anxiety, the emotions and feelings surrounding it all.
I have never read a Maisie Dobbs mystery before, but I enjoyed this one so much that I am on the look out for the previous books in this series. I believe this is the 13th one so I have a lot to catch up on.