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A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
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Apr 21, 11

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Read in April, 2011

I love the Maisie Dobbs series and I looked forward to this newest installment. Maisie is recruited by the British intelligence to go undercover as a philosophy lecturer at a "peace" college at Cambridge. It's 1932 and there is a growing fascination with Hitler's rhetoric. Maisie's brief is to find out whether any of the "peace" activities are damaging to the Crown. On the home front, Billy's wife is expecting a fourth child, James Compton seems to be less than truthful, and Sandra, a former Compton servant has been arrested for breaking and entering.

One of the appeals of these novels for me has been Maisie's studied, reflective manner. Another appeal has been the way the author manages to evoke the time period in which the novel is set. For some reason, this novel seemed to plod much too slowly for me. I kept waiting for the story to happen. In some ways I felt this book was a place-keeper - something to mark the inexorable march towards war, but not go too far. Don't get me wrong. I'm glad I read it, and I will continue to read this series, but this particular installment, just didn't wow me.
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