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This is book number 7 in the Maisie Dobbs series.
“To open a new Maisie Dobbs mystery is like checking in with an old friend. In this sixth book, Maisie has been asked to discover what really happened to World War I cartographer Michael, listed as missing in the trenches in France. The closer she gets to answers for Michael's family, the more she must deal with personal issues that will change her life. I can't wait to read the next installment!”
— Sue Richardson, Maine Coast Book Shop, Inc., Damariscotta, ME
In this riveting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs is hired to unravel a case of wartime love and death, an investigation that leads her to a doomed affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.
August 1914. As Michael Clifton is mapping land he has just purchased in California's beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, war is declared in Europe—and duty-bound to his father's native country, the young cartographer soon sets sail for England to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed as missing in action.
April 1932. After Michael's remains are unearthed in France, his parents retain London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs, hoping she can find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among their late son's belongings. It is a quest that leads Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love—and to the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his dugout. Suddenly an exposed web of intrigue and violence threatens to ensnare the dead soldier's family and even Maisie herself as she attempts to cope with the impending loss of her mentor and the unsettling awareness that she is once again falling in love.
Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Consequences of Fear, The American Agent, and To Die but Once, as well as thirteen other bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels and The Care and Management of Lies, a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Jacqueline has also published two nonfiction books, What Would Maisie Do? and a memoir, This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing. Originally from the United Kingdom, she divides her time between California and the Pacific Northwest.
“Compelling.” — People (3 ½ out of 4 stars)
“In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created—she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!” — Alexander McCall Smith
“An engaging plot coupled with captivating character makes this the best Dobbs novel to date.” — Library Journal
“Endearing. . . . As often in this winning series, the action builds to a somewhat sad if satisfying conclusion.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“When people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear.” — Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
“A sleuth to treasure.” — Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“A detective series to savor.” — Johanna McGeary, Time
“[Catches] the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman.” — Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
“What charms most is Dobbs herself: a woman ‘not as adept in her personal life as she was in her professional domain,’ and all the more engaging for that.” — Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal