Thursday, March 19, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: A Dangerous Place

About A Dangerous Place

• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper (March 17, 2015)
• Book Blurb: Maisie Dobbs returns in a powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy: a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gibraltar leads the investigator into a web of lies, deceit, and danger.

Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability—and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England: her aging father, Frankie Dobbs, is not getting any younger. On a ship bound for England, Maisie realizes she isn't ready to return. Against the wishes of the captain who warns her, "You will be alone in a most dangerous place," she disembarks in Gibraltar. Though she is on her own, Maisie is far from alone: the British garrison town is teeming with refugees fleeing a brutal civil war across the border in Spain. And the danger is very real. Days after Maisie's arrival, a photographer and member of Gibraltar's Sephardic Jewish community, Sebastian Babayoff, is murdered, and Maisie becomes entangled in the case, drawing the attention of the British Secret Service. Under the suspicious eye of a British agent, Maisie is pulled deeper into political intrigue on "the Rock"—arguably Britain's most important strategic territory—and renews an uneasy acquaintance in the process. At a crossroads between her past and her future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way.

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Review:  I've read the first book in the series and a few of the later ones. A Dangerous Place is the most recent Maisie Dobbs book. I love Maisie, but after reading the first chapter, I really wonder how much Jacqueline likes her.

I don't want to spoil anything, but I'll just say, a well liked character is killed off and it just left me gutted. So gutted that it was hard to continue reading the book. It really made me wonder what Jacqueline is planning for poor Maisie in the future, or if her world is winding down.

I enjoyed the story, but it felt different from her other novels, of course, Maisie is dealing with some devastating personal issues, but her mystery is now leaning towards spying, which is really a switcheroo from her usual sleuthing. 

It seems like Maisie might be going the route of Maggie Hope, which may or may not be a good thing.

I still enjoyed the novel even though Maisie was a bit of downer in this book.

Rating: 4 flowers

About Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Leaving Everything Most LovedElegy for EddieA Lesson in SecretsThe Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other national bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book. Find out more about Jacqueline at her website,, and find her on Facebook.


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I haven't gotten this far into the series yet but I'm looking forward to it!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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