In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' 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.
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"Winspear strikes the right balance between cozy mystery setting and her intelligent, street-savvy PI. The story adroitly presents a postWorld War I world while foreshadowing the next global conflict." - Library Journal
"Series fans will be pleased with both Maisie's latest investigations and the developments in her private life." - Booklist
"Maisie's... positive personal developments end up making her less interesting as a protagonist than formerly." - Publishers Weekly
"A pivotal historical moment forced to take a back seat to the heroine's wardrobe and intuition." - Kirkus Reviews
"The forward-looking focus of Winspear's latest will be exciting for her many fans, who will be eager to accompany Maisie on what promises to be an intriguing, dangerous and sobering journey." - Norah Piehl, BookReporter.com
"I find I miss that sense of discovery I had in reading Winspears earlier books... But as ever, Winspear delivers a rich, layered and engrossing mystery." - Bookyurt
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Jacqueline Winspear was
born and raised in the county of Kent, England. Following higher
education at the University of London's Institute of Education,
Jacqueline worked in both general and academic publishing, in higher
education and in marketing communications in the UK.
She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business and as a personal/professional coach, she embarked upon a life-long dream to be a writer.
A regular contributor to journals covering international education, Jacqueline has published articles in women's magazines and has also recorded her essays for KQED radio in San Francisco. She currently divides her time between Ojai and the ...
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