Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as "the Bore War"nothing much seems to have happened yetMaisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract. As Maisies inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing sonbut this time the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie....
|Title||:||To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs #14)|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
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To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs #14) Reviews
It’s a happy day whenever a new Maisie Dobbs arrives! A good mystery with plenty of life developments for Maisie and her family and friends to keep me eager for the next one already. With the arrival of WWII, the raw emotion and realities of what comes with war are captured beautifully, yet again, by Winspear.
Originally published at Reading Reality
In the earlier books in this series, Maisie reminded me a lot of Bess Crawford, from Charles Todd’s series, or even Mary Russell from Laurie R. King’s Holmes/Russell series. Bess, Mary and Maisie are all contemporaries, and had similar experiences.
But Maisie’s series has moved on, from World War I through the between-the-wars period and now she has reached World War II. And now Maisie, 20 years older and hopefully wiser than she was in her earlier cases, re ...more
Jacqueline Winspear has written fifteen Maisie Dobbs novels and I have read most of them. Obviously, she is one of my favorite authors. Her latest is To Die But Once and takes place in the Spring of 1940. Britain has declared war on Germany, but as far as the population is concerned, nothing is much different. Despite the sandbagging of underground stations and public buildings, constant reminders to wear gas masks at all times and the barrage balloons hovering overhead, the newspapers are calli ...more
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. This is book fourteen in the Maisie Dobbs series. Maisie was a nurse in World War One; then trained to be a psychologist/investigator after the war. The story opens in May 1940. Great Britain is again at war with Germany. Maisie has been hired to investigate the disappearance of a fifteen-year-old boy, Joseph Combes. He is an apprentice painter working for a company that has a government contract to go about the countryside to paint a special fire-retardant ...more
While the author deftly sets the scene in the early days of World War II, the many plot lines, events, and large cast of characters overwhelm the emotional impact of the story by constantly hurrying the reader along from storyline to storyline. Still a must read for anyone who enjoys this series and the continuing characters.
These books are my guilty pleasure! Found this very interesting because it included a Dunkirk story.
Oh, how I love Maisie Dobbs! Although I've been less than enthused about some of Winspear's recent Maisie Dobbs books, this one did not disappoint in any way. All the elements of a good Maisie Dobbs book are here: a good mystery, characters we love (Billy, Priscilla, Frankie and Brenda, and Lord Julian and Lady Rowan, as well as younger ones like Anna and Priscilla's boys), a connection to world events (Dunkirk) and familiar settings like London and Chelstone. Reading this book was like sitting ...more
I am so glad that I met Jacqueline Winspear at a "Friends of the San Francisco Library" event, back when she had just finished her 2nd Maisie Dobbs novel. She told the most charming story from her childhood bout why she wanted to be a writer, and it made me want to read her books - they have brought me great joy consistently.