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This week’s review:
Journey to Munich
2016, 300 pages
It is 1938. Maisie Dobbs has returned to England from Spain. She is mourning the devastating loss of her husband. But it is time to return home, and she feels she might be ready to work again.
Before she can get settled in, she is contacted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. They want her to do an undercover mission for them. A famous inventor and British citizen, Leon Donant, is being held by the Germans in the Dachau prison. This inventor’s ideas may be vital to Britain if there is another war. The Germans will release him only to one of his family members. But his wife is deceased and his daughter is seriously ill. Maisie bears a striking resemblance to his daughter. She agrees to impersonate Donant’s daughter and attempt to bring him home.
Maisie is also contacted by a powerful British family. They are seeking news of their daughter, who has left her young son with them, and may be in Munich. Maisie holds them responsible for her husband’s death and has mixed emotions about helping them.
Maisie is a likeable, brave and resourceful character. She is determined to carry out her mission, but she is battling a devious and heartless villain. This is book number 12 in a well-crafted series. So if you like this one, there are more Maisie Dobbs books for you to enjoy.
Robbin Bailey, Reference Librarian