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To Die but Once: Book summary and reviews of To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear

To Die but Once

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

by Jacqueline Winspear

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To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear
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  • Published Mar 2018
    336 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Maisie Dobbs - one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction (Richmond Times Dispatch) - faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II.

During the months following Britain's declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever.

Maisie's investigation leads her from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime opportunism exploited by one of the London underworld's most powerful men, in a case that serves as a reminder of the inextricable link between money and war. Yet when a final confrontation approaches, she must acknowledge the potential cost to her future - and the risk of destroying a dream she wants very much to become reality.

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"Starred Review. Winspear has created another rich reading experience for Maisie's many fans, but this title could be seen as entry point for new fans as well. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a thoughtful mystery." - Library Journal

"In addition to providing a very good mystery, Winspear does a smashing job describing the bravery exhibited by everyday Britons as the fear of invasion becomes ever more real." - Kirkus

"A first-rate historical mystery." - Booklist

"The whodunit story line is often secondary to the larger historical picture - in particular, the British response to the retreat from Dunkirk and the threat of German invasion - and to developments in Maisie's private life. A gratuitous closing contrivance doesn't help. Still, Winspear fans will find much to like." - Publishers Weekly

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Jacqueline Winspear Author Biography

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Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Consequences of Fear, The American Agent, and To Die but Once, as well as thirteen other bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels and The Care and Management of Lies, a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Jacqueline has also published two nonfiction books, What Would Maisie Do? and a memoir, This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing. Originally from the United Kingdom, she divides her time between California and the Pacific Northwest.

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