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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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For those of us who had a lot of lingering questions about where this series was going-let me reassure you, you'll be rewarded with this latest entry into the world of Maisie Dobbs.
Journey to Munich did a great job of transitioning loyal readers back into Maisie's world. We meet some new characters and even get to see some of our favorites from the past.
All in all if you are a fan of Maisie Dobbs you will love this book.
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