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Summary

Spring, 1940: with Britons facing what has become known as the Bore War - nothing much seems to have happened yet - Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a 'hush-hush' government contract. 

As Maisie's inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, so the country is bracing for a possible enemy invasion amid news of the British expeditionary force stranded along the French coast. And another mother is worried about a missing son - but this time the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie.

©2018 Jacqueline Winspear (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Another wonderful Maisie story

I loved reading this book a while back and it was such a joy to hear it read so beautifully. I wish Maisie books never had to end!

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War, What is it good for?... Business

Compared to the other books, this one was hard work; taken me many days to finish. Narration excellent. So many threads from other books wind together here, but are not tied to any satisfaction. Maisie's relationship with Strachan goes nowhere.

The themes of black-market, racketeering, reserved occupations, ambulance drivers and banking activity during war time are important but they are not exciting or dangerous like moving inside Nazi Germany as in other books.

You could skip this book in the series and not miss much of substance.

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To die but once

excellent! I couldn't put it down. I love all the history, the author gives history living flesh and characters that you can relate to and care about.

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Great story

Another great story from Jacqueline Winspear and well narrated by Julie Teal. I look forward to the next book.

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Excellent!

I am totally hooked on the Maisie Dobbs series and this latest book is as good if not better than the previous ones. The story is gripping and the narration perfect. The only problem is that I found it really difficult to stop listening and stayed awake far into the night to follow the plot! Can't wait for the next one!

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Fascinating and enthralling

I am always interested in novels that focus on WWII, and Jacqueline Winspears novels are always a real treat. In this one she introduced me to two unknown facts about the war, one involving airforce bases, the other explaining what happened to the Bank of England during the war. Her characters are, as always, convincing portrayals of people one might already know, although Maisie Dobbs herself is unquestionably the star. This is the first audiobook I have listened to, and was very impressed; the voices were of course not quite as I had imagined them, but this was very quickly forgotten, and the story drew me in as her written novels always do. Overall, a big thanks to Ms Winspear and Ms Teal for a wonderful experience.