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Publisher's Summary

As Britain becomes engulfed in a second World War, the indomitable Maisie Dobbs is plunged into a treacherous battle of her own when she stumbles on the deaths of refugees who may have been more than ordinary people seeking sanctuary on English soil, in this enthralling chapter in Jacqueline Winspear's enormously popular New York Times best-selling series.
Critics have long sung the praises of Jacqueline Winspear and her best-selling Maisie Dobbs series. In the 13th installment, Maisie - "one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting" (Parade) - is back with more mystery, adventure, and psychological insight.
When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Führer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead. But when she stumbles on the deaths of a group of refugees, Maisie suspects the enemy may be closer than anyone knows.
Old fans will be delighted by Maisie's return, and new listeners will be hooked by this thrilling installment in Jacqueline Winspear's "thoughtful, probing series" (
©2017 Jacqueline Winspear (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Listening doesn't get much better than the newest Maisie Dobbs mystery performed by the series's longtime narrator, Orlagh Cassidy. She brings pristine pacing and a deep understanding of the regular characters combined with an ever-fresh perspective on new characters and the action.... This is an excellent series and a listening experience that is pure pleasure." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Maine Knitter on 03-17-17

A good Maisie story again

Yes! Maisie Dobbs is back and the author has returned to the quality of the books of a few years ago. The last two, although interesting and well-researched, were lacking something to me.

I'm glad Maisie is back in England with Billy and Sandra and Dad and Brenda. She butts heads with now DCI Caldwell as usual and there's the hint of a future with old friend Richard Stratton.

The story of the Belgian refugees -and Anna even - is especially relevant now in 2017, sadly.

This time period of early WWII in the U.K. is rife with potential stories and I look forward to more.

Orlagh Cassidy does a wonderful job with all the accents. Great work!

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 03-27-17


It is great to have Maisie, Sandra and Billie back in the old office working on investigations again. Feels like the book is back on track. World War II has started and for all the veterans of WWI and their families it is a difficult time.

Dr. Francesca Thomas of the Belgium Embassy and secret service has hired Maisie to solve a murder of a Belgium refugee from WWI. Then three more murders occur of people Maisie has spoken to during the investigation. Maisie has also taken in some children into the Dowager house and her father and Brenda are taking care of them. People are sending their children out of London and into the countryside in case London is bombed.

The book is well written and researched. Winspear keeps Maisie into the time frame so well. Having the WWI Belgium refugees at the center of the story keeps the theme of the series together going into another war. Winspear provides great descriptions of what life was like in and around London at the onset of WWII. The characters are so interesting and realistic. I have enjoyed this series from the beginning.

The book is about ten and half hours long. Orlagh Cassidy does an excellent job narrating the series. Cassidy is a Scottish actress and award winning audiobook narrator. She is one of my favorite narrators.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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