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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline Winspear Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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Maisie Dobbs' first assignment for the British Secret Service takes her undercover to Cambridge as a professor - and leads to the investigation of a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party.

In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn 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 Richard 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 Great War, and face off against the rising powers of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei - the Nazi Party - in Britain.

As the storm clouds of World War II gather on the horizon, this pivotal chapter in the life of Maisie Dobbs foreshadows new challenges and powerful enemies facing the psychologist and investigator - and will engage new listeners and loyal fans of this outstanding series (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review).

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 2/18/2014

    " Not as good as previous novels but still fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/17/2014

    " Not my favorite, but still fun and and quick read. The first three, and the Mapping of Love and Death are the definitive ones for me thus far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 2/2/2014

    " The Maisie Dobbs series continues to build toward the eventuality of WWII Europe. The books continue to be wonderful period mysteries with a terrific, competent heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney | 1/25/2014

    " I can't help it, I'm addicted to these Maisie Dobbs books. They're like chips. You know you shouldn't eat them all in one go, but it's impossible to stop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 1/15/2014

    " Not my favorite in the series, but enjoyable listen/read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin W. | 1/8/2014

    " I couldn't get into it :/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Stewart | 1/7/2014

    " This series keeps getting better and better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose Bakker | 1/5/2014

    " I have enjoyed all of the Masie Dobbs books and like learning about what was happening in England between the 2 world wars. There is intrigue, some politics and a little romance and it all makes for a fast paced book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci | 11/18/2013

    " This moved a little slow for my taste. I got bogged down and took longer than usual to get through. Bottom line, I liked it, but didn't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 10/14/2013

    " There's nothing more satisfying to me than having the time to sit and relish the wonderful world of Jacqueline Winspear and Maisie Dobbs. I've been looking forward to this next book!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Osborn-bensaada | 10/2/2013

    " The 8th in a series, Masie Dobbs continues to find herself and heal from her many losses stemming from World War one, even as Britain stumbles toward war. This one continues to explore the many losses that WWI imposed the soldiers who fought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marleah | 9/7/2013

    " Another great installment of the Maisie Dobbs series. Although the nature of her relationship with James is disappointing - get married already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Dams | 8/19/2013

    " I enjoyed Jacqueline Winspears previous books and this one did not disappoint. It isn't the best of her books, but it did entertain. Plus it did provide historical reference to the period after WW1 and before WW2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie | 1/7/2013

    " Not my favorite Maisie Dobbs -- but still enjoyable. I'm interested in the oncoming threat of WWII as it pertains to Maisie's work, I just hope the "adventure" next time around is slightly less dry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Anne | 11/10/2012

    " Not as unusual as her first 3 books which focused on awareness and observation a la Sherlock with a touch of spiritual. I found it more a run-of-the-mill mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 9/15/2012

    " Maisie Dobb's latest adventure; Maisie recruited by the British Secret Service to keep tabs on a peace activist at a private university; while undercover as a philosophy teacher, the murder of a staff member has Maisie reverting to her own profession "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta Langman | 7/13/2012

    " Series is filled with a period of history that I do not know well. Book is well-written and very enjoyable. I am going to read some others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/5/2012

    " Maisie Dobbs undertakes a top secret job as a professor while Europe barrels towards WWII. The mystery isn't as solid as usual but three cheers for the lack of newagey mystical Maisieness. It owes something to Gaudy Night but mostly is concerned with rising Fascism and Communist panic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 4/27/2012

    " this series keeps improving and I partiularly enjoyed this latest addition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Kristine | 2/19/2012

    " I love this "Between the Wars" mystery series. This one is intriguing surrounding a murder at a Cambridge college where Maisie is teaching and sleuthing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois Beach | 1/14/2012

    " Not as exciting as the first six in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gene | 1/8/2012

    " Jacqueline Winspear always a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesia Schnur | 8/4/2011

    " Too many sub-plots. Author was trying to do too much. Okay mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/17/2011

    " I'm sad that I've come to the current book in the series. I want another one to read NOW. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/17/2011

    " Another great read from Jacqueline Winspear! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 5/17/2011

    " The best Maisie Dobbs book in the series. Really enjoyed it. It is so easy to like Maisie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Homerun2 | 5/16/2011

    " One of the strongest entries in the always excellent Maisie Dobbs series. The poignancy of the historic times (post World-War I) and the complexity of the characters combine to make these books terrific reads. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 5/16/2011

    " I gobble these down and then can't wait for the next one. The stuff about the English view of the rise of Hitler was very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micky | 5/16/2011

    " I love this heroine and the historical period of WWI. Maize's world is painted with a rich palette of characters. I can't wait for each new installment. This must become an IPBN series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 5/12/2011

    " Another great Maisie Dobbs! If you're not reading them, you should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 5/9/2011

    " Good mystery series set in post WWI London. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/8/2011

    " Maisie is up to her usual, this time mostly in Cambridge. I may be getting tired of Masie and the formulaic writing in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/7/2011

    " 3+--I enjoy escaping into this little mystery series when I need a break from daily life.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/6/2011

    " It was a bit slow to get going, but about 1/2 way through I got more interested. Some of the dialogue felt forced, but I remain interested in Maisie and Billy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bryn | 5/5/2011

    " I am a long-time Maisie Dobbs fan, but sadly, this latest novel in the series was rather disappointing. It never really hooked me. Hopefully this is just an unfortunate derivation that will be corrected with Winspear's next publication. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/4/2011

    " I would give this 3 and 3/4 stars. I liked the setting (Cambridge and the years leading up to WWII), but I feel she glossed over a few things on this one, didn't dig into it enough. I still love the series, but this one wasn't as good as the last one. Although, it left me wanting more! "

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About the Author
Author Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Elegy for Eddie, A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as several other nationally bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. 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. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

About the Narrator

Orlagh Cassidy is an udiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.