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A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear


Cover art: A Lesson in Secrets Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Lesson in Secrets - 8th in the Maisie Dobbs Mystery series
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 9780061727672
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Mystery
Year/Setting: 1930's/England
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Jacqueline's Website/Blog: www.jacquelinewinspear.com

Hi Readers,

It's 1932 in Britain and Maisie Dobbs is about to start on an interesting career as an undercover agent for Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. She is to assume the role of a junior lecturer at a private college in Cambridge to check out any activities that are "not in the interests of His Majesty's government.

While there, the college's founder and principal, Greville Liddicote is killed. Mr. Liddicote is a notorious pacifist, who did not believe in the use of force in any situation. Maisie is told to back off and let two detective inspectors from Scotland Yard head the investigation. But, Maisie suspects that the murder seems linked to some of the strange movements of some of the faculty and students that she has been watching. She has to go to the Secret Service for help and comes upon some bitter situations involving the British during the Great War (WWI). Also, she is coming face to face with the rise of the Nazi Party in England. As signs of World War II appear, Maisie's life will change rapidly.

This is the second Maisie Dobbs book that I have read and this story is really good. Being a WWII buff, I really enjoyed it. Wonderful writing and very special characters. I'm eagerly awaiting the next Maisie Dobbs adventure. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.


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