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5.0 out of 5 starsYeah!! Maisie's Back!!
Reviewed in Canada on April 7, 2016
Maisie's Back. Hurrah. It was so nice to finish this excellent addition to the series knowing that there will still be future adventures and characters to explore along with Maisie and her team. I have grown to feel like a voyeur (happily) into the life and people that inhabit her world. She herself is such a rich, multi layered person. On top of all that wonderful background we always have an adventure to enjoy, a crime to solve, a situation to extract people from. The historical background is palpable and given the time line of this last Journey to Munich I am dreading as well as looking forward to (hopefully) her next assignment. Kudos to Jacqueline Winspear for creating this unforgettable character, her family and friends. It's rare to feel such an affinity to a series. Looking forward with dread, hope and a certainty that though time and age will have an affect, the adventure and the solving of the mysteries will keep us all riveted.
4.0 out of 5 starsAnother good and interesting read
Reviewed in Canada on February 6, 2019
The British Secret Service are sending Maisie Dobbs to Munich to rescue an important businessman. Her cover is that she is his daughter. Unfortunately with it being 1938 Germany nothing is ever straightforward or safe. Another enjoyable well-written thriller in this series.
Jacqueline Winspear is what I refer to as a "soft" read; somewhat analogous to comfort food. This was not one of her best efforts. the plan is for Maisie to her own practice; an area in which her strength of character came to the forefront. this plot was a touch weak and just didn't bring to the table all the little nuances in "most" of her others in this series.
4.0 out of 5 starsLooking forward to the next chapter
Reviewed in Canada on April 20, 2016
Just finished reading and it was a delight to read. Maisie Dobbs is a wonderful character and I enjoy reading about her exploits. These books also educate the reader in different events in history and her descriptions of events and characters make them come alive for you.
I enjoyed this book. I have read all the Maisie Dobbs books and have liked them all. I have purchased several of the these books in large print for a seniors' centre so they are enjoyed by many more people.
4.0 out of 5 starsMaisie Dobbs - A character of integrity and intelligence!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 25, 2016
I discovered Maisie Dobbs earlier this year and was hooked. Finally, I had found a decent book with a character with integrity and intelligence and I chain-read all the books. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 6 books but then felt something changed which was disappointing – along with the new publisher and rather brasher printing on the front cover. I noticed that occasionally a description in more graphic detail than was necessary would creep in, as if Ms Winspear were experimenting but, for me, it added nothing to the story and didn’t fit in with the tone of the book. The prologue to ‘Elegy for Eddie’ was off-putting for me but I persevered and was relieved to get to book no. 11 ‘A Dangerous Place’ as she seemed to get back on track.
The latest book, ‘Journey to Munich’, was excellent. However, I was irritated by the flashbacks which I obviously recognised having read the series but, to a newcomer, perhaps these would be a bit bewildering and annoying. There’s a wonderful build-up of Maisie creeping around in a derelict house but it was completely spoilt by her having a long flashback to an event in the previous book, A Dangerous Place. It was completely implausible – it would not happen in such a situation. Again, also, the graphic description of the method of murder by an SS officer was disturbing and entirely unnecessary.
Having said this, I really hope the Maisie Dobbs books don’t lose that special something and that Maisie Dobbs’ character doesn’t change. I look forward to the next instalments in her life and have a feeling that she’ll eventually recognise that the clue to her future happiness has been there all the time…perhaps. I’ll give Ms Winspear another chance…
This is the 12th book in the Maisie Dobbs series & I am very disappointed with it
This tended to repeat what had happen in previous books not just once but it got very repetitive so much so I was skipping pages as I knew what had happen
I can understand telling the read it once but you get to a interesting part then it go off telling of what had happen previously & not just in previous books but repeating what had been told earlier in the book it was as if the author couldn't make the storyline last so had to keep telling what had already been told earlier in the book which made the book very poor in my opinion
The storyline was a good one if it had been told & not dragged out with previous & repetitive bits I certainly can't recommend this book i will say that the ending has been left that more Maisie Dobbs books can be done if this is the case I just hope that it will be new storylines & not keep going over the old ones
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 11, 2016
Written by Jacqueline Winspear, series of books, main character Maisie Dobbs. I loved all her previous books,but felt she'd made an error in taking Maisie abroad in her previous book. Each book built on the previous one, almost serial like. But.... If I had been Jacqueline Winspeare, ( I think ) Maisie Dobbs needn't have "moved on", the books could have centred on cases, which was the interesting mystery, Maisie Dobbs approach being unique as a stand alone characterisation. I wondered if Jacqueline Winspeare had become 'bored' with Maisie Dobbs, or had difficulty in developing circumstances. This book seems to bring Maisie back, with years missing, and left me with a sense of contrivance, not "real". I haven't yet finished the book, so I may change my mind. I have given it 5 stars anyway, the writing is worth it.
I had a look at some of the reviews before I started to read. I have given it 5 stars as I just couldn’t put it down. The story really took you int Munich and the evil atmosphere was so well portrayed. Some reviews thought there was too much going over what had happened in previous books but I don’t agree. I was totally gripped by it. Even after Poland and Austria were invaded GB still underestimated the risk. Chamberlain came back with his piece of paper and GB were sure it was going to be OK.. in some ways Lockdown was a good time to read it when again we have been a bit slow to realise the risks.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 18, 2018
This is the first Maisie Dobbs book I have read as part of our Book Club so I don't know if my judgement is clouded by having to jump straight in at number 12.
I can't say it grabbed me from the start, but I as I got into the story line I did want to see what happens to her and how she manages to complete her mission although it is far fetched at times to say the least. It was a good story to follow and I did like the way the characters intertwined.
I still think it is a good idea to start at book one and read my way through!