A Lesson in Secrets adds another episode in the life of Maisie Dobbs, and I always enjoy a new Maisie adventure.
In the 8th book in the series, Maisie finds herself, for the first time, more than financially comfortable. Maurice Blanche, Maisie's mentor and dear friend, made her the chief beneficiary in his will.
The series began in the aftermath of WWI, with all the problems England faced having lost almost a generation of young men. Recently, Winspear has been incorporating hints about the problems in Germany, and A Lesson in Secrets sees the threat of WWII being manifested in Germany and England.
Maisie is approached by the British Secret Service for help in keeping an eye on individuals with a leaning toward Communism. She accepts a job as a philosophy teacher at a college in Cambridge, and she finds that what alarms her is not Communists, but students who are leaning toward the Nazi party.
When the head of the college, a man who wrote a remarkable children's book with pacifist themes during the Great War, is murdered, Maisie wants to find out who and why. Her brief remains unchanged by the Secret Service, but Maisie intends to follow her own feelings concerning the murder and the Nazi influence.
Other reviews/opinions: A Work in Progress, Of Books and Bicycles, Daisy's Book Journal, The Reader of the Pack,
:) Lee Child (of Jack Reacher fame) interviews Jacqueline Winspear at Amazon.
Fiction. Mystery/ Historical Fiction. 2011. 336 pages.