Review–A Lesson in Secrets


Book Description


In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs’s career goes in an exciting new direction when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard’s Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities “not in the interests of His Majesty’s Government.”

When the college’s controversial pacifist founder and principal, Greville Liddicote, is murdered, Maisie is directed to stand back as Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane and Detective Chief Inspector Stratton spearhead the investigation. She soon discovers, however, that the circumstances of Liddicote’s death appear inextricably linked to the suspicious comings and goings of faculty and students under her surveillance.

To unravel this web, Maisie must overcome a reluctant Secret Service, discover shameful hidden truths about Britain’s conduct during the war, and face off against the rising powers of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei—the Nazi Party—in Britain.

A pivotal chapter in the life of Maisie Dobbs, A Lesson In Secrets marks the beginning of her intelligence work for the Crown. As the storm clouds of World War II gather on the horizon, Maisie will confront new challenges and new enemies—and will engage new readers and loyal fans of this bestselling mystery series.

Book Review


I want to be completely honest in why I had chosen this book from Netgalley.  There were actually two main reasons.  The first is because growing up, my mom always said that she rarely knew anyone with her name, Maisie.  It was a name that was passed down in the family for generations.  However, my mom refused to name any of us with it because she felt it was too old fashioned.

The second reason is because I have actually been looking into this period of history as I work on my family tree.  So it was nice to see a fictitious piece about England set between the two World Wars.

Even though this was the eighth book in the series and the first one I have read, I did not feel lost at all.  I absolutely fell in love with the writing style of Jacqueline Winspear.

I felt myself being transported back in time as I read through the adventures of Maisie as she hunted down clues to help solve the murder.  This was not one of those mysteries with chase scenes, shoot outs, or other such action.  Instead, it was more of a cerebral mystery where you follow along as she uncovers the truth.

Now my sister loves to read cozy mysteries, but she has never read any of hers yet.  So of course, I had to tell her all about it.  She has already bought the first few books.  She is going to pass them on to me so that I can start reading through the series. 

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