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!"

Walk in history.

I love the Maisie Dobbs books. They are well written with an attention to detail that takes you to that time. I felt the darkness and impending doom of that era. She lets you peak at the cruelty of the third reich without going into the horrible details. You feel the fear.
Maisie grows with each book. She grows as a person but also as an investigator. I think Journey to Munich is the best yet. I have waited forever for this to come out and it was worth it. The downside is now I have to wait for the next one.
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- Sonseenahray

Book Details

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