Author : Jacqueline Winspear
Publisher : Harper
ISBN : 9780062220578
About A Dangerous Place
Four years after she set sail from England, leaving everything she most loved behind, Maisie Dobbs at last returns, only to find herself in a dangerous place . . .
In Jacqueline Winspears powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy, a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gibraltar leads Maisie into a web of lies, deceit, and peril.
Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stabilityand the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father Frankie Dobbs is not getting any younger.
But on a ship bound for England, Maisie realizes she isnt ready to return. Against the wishes of the captain who warns her, You will be alone in a most dangerous place, she disembarks in Gibraltar. Though she is on her own, Maisie is far from alone: the British garrison town is teeming with refugees fleeing a brutal civil war across the border in Spain.
Yet the danger is very real. Days after Maisies arrival, a photographer and member of Gibraltars Sephardic Jewish community, Sebastian Babayoff, is murdered, and Maisie becomes entangled in the case, drawing the attention of the British Secret Service. Under the suspicious eye of a British agent, Maisie is pulled deeper into political intrigue on the Rockarguably Britains most important strategic territoryand renews an uneasy acquaintance in the process. At a crossroads between her past and her future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way.
A Dangerous Place Review
This is a great series. The historical research is top notch and Ive enjoyed learning more about the people and places during these times. I love how Maisie (and other characters) have developed and how Ms. Winspear makes you feel as though youre in the same room. The books cover include perspectives on learning, growing, love, loss, friendship, grief, trust, the importance of looking inward, times to take action and times to be still, and much more ... meaningful topics that are handled so well in all these books. Keep them coming!
From my reading the first book in this series, I was hooked and keep waiting for the next one to come out.
Another enjoyable mystery. So much tragedy in Maisies life, but she carries on.
This book was less about the mystery and more about Maisie's life journey than previous volumes. It was a very enjoyable read.
Not as good as the other Maisie's. Still worth a read.
As usual a great read it which gives a better understanding of how war effects so many people
History, culture, intrigue combine to engage and entertain the reader. The author's descriptive style enhances and never bores and transports you right into the centre of the story.
In order to avoid spoilers I am not going to summarize the story in this book. Suffice it to say that Maisie is at a crossroads in her life & disembarks early from a ship headed to England in Gibraltar to try to figure out her future. Less of this book deals with investigating a mystery than normal and more with explaining & dealing with Maisie's personal crisis. If I was judging this book only as a mystery book I would give it a 4 star rating. But rating it as a well written & evocative book that examines the personality & life of a well loved character I give it a five star rating. Maisie has always been a character conflicted by her humble past & her more worldly status as a result of her inheritance from Dr. Maurice Blanche & her relationships with the Compton family & this book delves further into that conflict. I really enjoyed the author's character development of Maisie & I loved the references to characters from past Maisie books. I hope that future Maisie books will find some of the past characters as regulars; they are missed. I thought that her handling of the Spanish Civil War, a conflict that I had never taken the time to fully understand, was deft & much appreciated. This book is a wonderful handling of a personal crisis that adds the element of mystery & historical fiction.