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5.0 out of 5 starsAn Excellent Read
Reviewed in Canada on April 4, 2021
I have read and enjoyed each book in the series. I enjoyed connecting with all the familiar characters and found myself truly being transported back in time. As always the journey was so well crafted and gave fresh insight into the challenges experienced in wartime. I do hope there will be more books about Maisie and her family.
3.0 out of 5 starsA good addition to a great series
Reviewed in Canada on March 29, 2021
I have read and enjoyed all the books in Jacqueline Winspear's "Maisie Dobbs" series. This latest installment continues Maisie's story.
Set in England in the months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, "The Consequences of Fear" finds Maisie both investigating the suspicious murder of a man as well as working in intelligence for Britain’s war effort.
The story is well paced but I found it a more laborious read than previous books in this series, which is why I have rated it 3 stars.
Let's keep this very brief as I am sure it will be well buried in 2000 plus reviews here (already??) I loved this 20th "Masie" novel. Full of emotion, love, violence, tension and mystery...and a great atmosphere of wartime and the work of the SOE. Perhaps it is not quite up to her best work, but I kept turning the pages, looking forward to developments, and the ending (very minor Spoiler) is lovely, and begging for the next instalment. (It made me want to go back to the first book "Maisie Dobbs"!!!)
I've looked forward to reading the next instalment in Maisie's story for some time. I love the way the author follows the characters from novel to novel. I feel I know them personally. This time I think the plot was quite complicated and not the strongest plot. However, following the lives of the characters was enjoyable as ever. I loved poor little Freddie. Let's hope life remains positive for them all despite the troubles of the war. No unexpected deaths.
2.0 out of 5 starsFar from her best, unfortunately.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 3, 2021
Having read all the previous Marie novels, I found it a real struggle to get through this effort. The story line was tenuous at best, and I felt that there was far too much padding all along. To tell the truth, the best part of the novel was the last page! Sorry, Ms Winspeare.
This is another great addition to the Maisie Dobbs series. I love the way the character has developed from WW1 through to WW2 and solved mysteries in both! I got slightly confused about two-thirds of the way through this story, hence only 4 stars, but it was resolved for me in the end.
4.0 out of 5 starsWell written and a good believable story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2021
Very little to dislike I have read all the previous books about Masie and her trip through life She is a very believable character and you really feel concern for her and her family I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone