Journey to Munich : Maisie Dobbs

  • by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy
  • Series: Maisie Dobbs
  • 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler's Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue - the 12th novel in Jacqueline Winspear's New York Times best-selling "series that seems to get better with each entry" (The Wall Street Journal).
It's early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks toward Fitzroy Square - a place of many memories - she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man's wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie - who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter - to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.
The British government is not alone in its interest in Maisie's travel plans. Her nemesis - the man she holds responsible for her husband's death - has learned of her journey and is also desperate for her help.
Traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, Maisie encounters unexpected dangers - and finds herself questioning whether it's time to return to the work she loved. But the Secret Service may have other ideas....

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What the Critics Say

"It's a knack to keep a long-running series fresh, and narrator Orlagh Cassidy definitely plays a significant role with her portraits of Maisie and her familiar friends and colleagues.... Cassidy's warm narration, with its clear emotional connection to the characters and events, makes this another winner." (AudioFile)

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Very intense thriller!

Journey to Munich is Book 12 in the wonderful Maisie Dobbs series. The first 8 novels were nice, light mysteries with Maisie running her investigations agency. That began to change with Book 9 and changed completely with Book 10 as Maisie lost her husband and her baby to death. Books 10 - 12 are much darker, or at least not at all the light fare of Books 1 - 8.

This book has a very high level of suspense as Maisie goes to Nazi Germany before WWII to collect an elderly British citizen who is being held in a German prison. This is a great novel with a Maisie Dobbs who continues to struggle with her personal loses as she helps her country. As the novel ends Maisie has come to terms with her demons and with the help of Billy reopens her agency. I suspect that Book 13 will return to the light fare of the early books in the series.

The narrator is Orlagh Cassidy who I consider the very best narrator, along with Scott Brick, of audiobooks. Cassidy, born in DC and raised in the Northeast US, is a specialist in accents. In this book she reads with a perfect London UK accent. She is quite capable of regional British and American accents. When the part calls for it she does an incredibly realistic southern US accent. (Fake southern US accents are very irritating to this southerner!)

I strongly recommend Journey to Munich to everyone who likes the mystery/thriller genre or the historical fiction genre. If you have not read or listened to any Jacqueline Winspear novels, give one a try. All are wonderful.
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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!"

Maisie Meets the Third Reich

This is the twelfth book in the Maisie Dobbs series. The prior book and this one seem to do more with Maisie’s mourning the death of James, her husband in a plane accident.

Maisie takes on a job for the British Secret service. She is posing as the daughter of Leon Donat an engineer who the Nazi’s arrested for helping an underground newspaper in Munich. Donat is in Dachau Concentration Camp. The British government has paid for Donat’s release and Maisie is to get him and return him to England. When Maisie is taken to Dachau she finds the person the Nazis say is Donat it not. Maisie must now find him and get him out of Germany. Winspear weaves a mystery and suspense story with some action, but the building suspense had me on the edge of my seat.

What I like about Maisie is she is not the usual sexy, vivacious heroine; instead she is a prim, competent professional whose intelligence shows in her vocabulary and maybe she is just a bit moralistic. The suspense builds throughout the book. Winspear provides some information about Munich and the Nazis. I was getting tired of Maisie moping about the death of James and the miscarriage of their child. I am happy that the ending of the story has Maisie returning to her prior profession in her old office with Sandra and Billy. One of my favorite narrators Orlagh Cassidy narrates the series and she does her usually excellent job.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio