Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear
In her 12th novel, Maisie goes to Nazi Germany at the behest of the British government just before WWII begins to bring back an imprisoned man who is vital to Britain’s war (preparation) effort. I particularly liked the intrigue that made this novel more of a classic espionage tale rather than the detective story I’m used to.
Publisher’s Description: It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards 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. . .
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Agent Annie says…
Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear is a very satisfying Maisie Dobbs novel. Maisie continues to process through the tragic loss of her husband, James, and is struggling with how to be in London as a widow. Winspear deftly uses the daughter of John Otterburn, who Maisie blames for the death of James, as the means through which Maisie learns forgiveness, to understand how people are not what they seem, and that she must continue to learn the lessons her mentor taught. One particular lesson is eloquently stated:
“May I know what it is to feel the weight on another’s shoulders. May I know forgiveness in my heart. May I be given strength to extend my hand across the divide to pull another from the abyss, though that person has wounded me.”
I give this novel a 5. Winspear has captured the feel of the original Maisie Dobbs novels and left the reader with the characters and story in a place where Maisie can continue as a psychologist and investigator.
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