Consequences of Fear
by Winspear, Jacqueline






Entreated by a witness nobody believes to investigate a murder, Maisie Dobbs uncovers a conspiracy with devastating implications for Britain's war effort during the Nazi occupation of Europe.





*Starred Review* Maisie Dobbs is by now a beloved old friend to Winspear's loyal readers, who will welcome her sixteenth wartime adventure (after The American Agent, 2019). The fast-paced tale opens with runner Freddie-one of the boys employed to sprint through the streets of London with messages-witnessing a brutal murder. Maisie excels at creating family from acquaintances, and soon Freddie and his kin are part of her brood, lovingly tended as she continues her clandestine WWII work and on-the-side investigations into the killing and other knotty situations. Winspear never sugarcoats the horrors of war, and alongside the camaraderie shown by these characters and the Londoners surrounding them she delivers terrible truths that must be endured. There's romance here, too, with Maisie's handsome American beau, Mark Scott, dashing in and out of London on his own often-secret work. More than in previous books, Maisie is growing tired of the constant blows to her circle and the uncertainties of life in wartime, with Winspear successfully showing a more melancholy side to her steadfast heroine. Fans of the series will need no encouragement to try this, and they'll be thrilled with the ending; also recommend it as a less-weighty read-alike for Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See (2014). Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





October 1941 finds Maisie Dobbs continuing her espionage work while Great Britain is locked in a do-or-die fight against the Nazis. As she continues her secret work for spymaster Robbie MacFarlane while also running her detective business, Maisie‚??s affair with Mark Scott, her American counterpart, has reached an inflection point. Maisie is a mother, a nurse, a veteran spy, and a psychologist who sees that young Freddie Hackett, one of many speedy boys running messages around London, is at his breaking point. His father is a drunk who beats him; his mother is desperate to protect Freddie and her daughter who has Down syndrome. Now the police have blown off Freddie‚??s claim to have witnessed a murder. Since the killer turns out to be the recipient of the message he was on his way to deliver when he saw the crime, Freddie‚??s in a position to give an excellent description of him. Maisie, who‚??s found it harder and harder to vet people who may be sent off to work with the French Resistance, especially because so many of them will be tortured and killed by the Nazis, meets a French officer who fits Freddie‚??s description of the killer while she‚??s in Scotland reviewing a new group. But MacFarlane refuses to help her with the case because relations with the Free French require a delicate balance. Undeterred, Maisie uses her contacts to unveil a story of treachery and deceit dating back to the last war, knowing that all the balls she‚??s desperately juggling will come crashing down if she makes a mistake. A fast-paced tale of mystery and spycraft whose exploration of inner doubts and fears makes it much more. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





October 1941 finds Maisie Dobbs continuing her espionage work while Great Britain is locked in a do-or-die fight against the Nazis. As she continues her secret work for spymaster Robbie MacFarlane while also running her detective business, Maisie‚??s affair with Mark Scott, her American counterpart, has reached an inflection point. Maisie is a mother, a nurse, a veteran spy, and a psychologist who sees that young Freddie Hackett, one of many speedy boys running messages around London, is at his breaking point. His father is a drunk who beats him; his mother is desperate to protect Freddie and her daughter who has Down syndrome. Now the police have blown off Freddie‚??s claim to have witnessed a murder. Since the killer turns out to be the recipient of the message he was on his way to deliver when he saw the crime, Freddie‚??s in a position to give an excellent description of him. Maisie, who‚??s found it harder and harder to vet people who may be sent off to work with the French Resistance, especially because so many of them will be tortured and killed by the Nazis, meets a French officer who fits Freddie‚??s description of the killer while she‚??s in Scotland reviewing a new group. But MacFarlane refuses to help her with the case because relations with the Free French require a delicate balance. Undeterred, Maisie uses her contacts to unveil a story of treachery and deceit dating back to the last war, knowing that all the balls she‚??s desperately juggling will come crashing down if she makes a mistake. A fast-paced tale of mystery and spycraft whose exploration of inner doubts and fears makes it much more. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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