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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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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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