Lavish Bookshelf reviews of
books in the Maisie Dobbs series:
An Incomplete Revenge (Book 5)
A Dangerous Place (Book 11)
Great quote: "All the books, all the lectures, all the pages of information, are as nothing against the measure of our experience - and by that he meant the experience we take to heart, that we go back to, trying to work out the why, what and how of whatever has come about in our lives. That, he said, is where we learned the value of true knowledge, with our life's lessons to draw upon, so that he might one day be blessed with wisdom." (Page 233 ARC)
Book 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." (back cover)
My thoughts: Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear is the 12th book in the female-detective series starring Maisie Dobbs. This time Maisie Dobbs is going undercover to rescue a British subject from the notorious Nazi prison camp Dachau. Along the way, Maisie also is gets a heap of help from some unexpected places.
Maisie Dobbs throughout the series has gotten herself into some amazing pickles and this book is definitely no exception. Dealing with the Nazis on their home turf is a heavy plotline. Author Winspear manages to get Maisie into the heart of things and gets her out of it, but sometimes the idea of Maisie outwitting the Nazis in Munich seemed a bit far-fetched, even for clever character Maisie.
Personally, this is the 5th Maisie book I have read in the series and I've read them in no particular order. This book does seem to have a lot of references to past characters, especially to Maisie's late husband and the events and people surrounding his passing. For the reason that readers may get lost in the backstory, Journey to Munich does not seem to be a great choice for starting this series. Likewise, for much of this book Maisie is on her own undercover in Germany, so many of the interactions with other characters from the series is lacking. This book is quintessential Maisie with clever deductions and even-headed conclusions, however.
Fans of Maisie Dobbs will enjoy this book just as much as the previous books. While Journey to Munich might not be the best place to start the series for a new reader, this book is still filled with the Maisie Dobbs that her fans love.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
- Pages: 304
- Year originally published: 2016
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