In This Grave Hour : Maisie Dobbs

  • by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy
  • Series: Maisie Dobbs
  • 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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 F├╝hrer 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" (Oprah.com).

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Exceeds expectations!!

I must admit addiction to the wonderful British historical mysteries such as this Maisie Dobbs series and Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series as well as her Molly Murphy series. In This Grave Hour is Novel 13 in the Maisie Dodds series. The first 8 novels in the series were light and fun murder mysteries. Then Maisie and her husband moved to the US and tragedy struck when she lost her husband in an accident and then her child at her birth. Then Maisie started to wander and take serious risks including becoming a nurse in the Spanish civil war before moving to Hitler's Germany getting into trouble there for a year. Novels 9 - 12 in the series were not light and fun.

This novel, #13, finds Maisie back in her detective bureau with Billy solving murder mysteries. Her dad and step-mom play major roles in the book. But WW II is just starting for Great Britain, so one must expect that both Maisie and Billy will find a way to participate in the next novel in the series. Orlagh Cassidy narrates wonderfully as usual. Of all of the American narrators who narrate British novels using British accents, Cassidy is second only to the great Katherine Kellgren. But then as a narrator, in my opinion Katherine Kellgren is quite simply the very best.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

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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- Maine Knitter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-14-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio