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A Dangerous Place

(Maisie Dobbs #11)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  11,266 ratings  ·  1,504 reviews
Maisie Dobbs returns in a powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy: a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gilbraltar 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 w
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Harper (first published March 15th 2015)
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Cathy Cole
Maisie isn't the only person at a crossroads. As concerns this series, I am, too. Longtime fans will probably be as stunned as I over the first few pages of A Dangerous Place. In a series of letters, Winspear deals with four momentous years in Maisie's life with what can only be described as brisk efficiency. I can understand her desire not to bog down the narrative, but since Maisie is already constantly harking back to time spent with her mentor or her service in World War I or her college day ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
This was unexpected!!! The first part of this book was absolutely tragic- I had to blink away a few tears in order to see the book! I seem to have read a few series lately where the author deals with important issues between books. William Kent Krueger does it for one. But Winspear does it here in spades - several years have disappeared and with them some incredibly sad events.

Anyway I held myself together and read on, and of course Maisie found a dead body and all was normal from there on. Apar
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This latest installment in the Maisie Dobbs series is as strong as any of them, and was very difficult to put down. Plot summaries are usually unnecessary filler on this site, and it would not be possible in any case here without spoilers. Winspear's handling of personal grief and the complexities of war and politics is masterful, and remind us that there are usually quite a few more than two sides to a conflict, and that the real victims are always the civilians.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow...This just made me so, so sad. I have hung with Maisie through thick and thin and I really feel incredibly let down. Winspear has dragged her loyal fans through TEN books then skims over four crucial years of Maisie's life in flashback and in two pages. So incredibly disappointing. THEN, we're supposed to feel Maisie's pain and sympathize with her new life when we weren't even given a glimpse of that life. All of a sudden we're supposed to mourn with her and feel connected to her sorrow? It ...more
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Heather Shaw
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“Memories come out of nowhere, sometimes, don’t they? Like a splinter long in the finger finally rises to the surface. Pluck it out, and the pain goes – and you realise there has been discomfort all along, but you have lived with it”.

A Dangerous Place is the eleventh book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and private investigator, is on the island of Gibraltar. It is 1937, and across the water, the Spanish Civil War is bei
Mary Shore
Apr 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A true disappointment. I have read all the Maisie Dobbs books and enjoyed them, both for the mystery they offer and the window they provide into class, war, British culture and history. This book offers almost nothing of a mystery (it is finally "solved" pretty much entirely by an unlikely conversation between Maisie and a spy in which the spy tells her most of what happened), or of Maisie's skill in solving mysteries. And the history--of the Spanish Civil War and its role as a dress rehearsal f ...more
1/12/16 $1.99 for Kindle.

I didn't get very far with this before I quit.

Warning: While this won't really be a spoiler for this book, as it pertains to the very start, it will be for those who haven't read up to this one in the series.

I've completely enjoyed this series, up to now, but this book ticked me off.

The previous book left us with Maise having to make a choice regarding her romance with James Compton. Will she choose to marry her sweetheart?

This book starts off with the marriage already
Deborah aka Reading Mom
I've loved this series from the beginning and was bitterly disappointed with the latest installment.

Maisie is a strong (and strong-willed, as well as stubborn) character, but I have come to appreciate her good qualities (and there are many) as well as her weaknesses--she presents a flawed, but sympathetic heroine and I have always wished her well. I had hoped that at last she might find some real happiness and contentment in her life while continuing to do the work she loves.

In the space of just
Jill Heather
Mar 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery, dnf
I just don't care anymore. I don't care about Maisie and her tragedy, I don't care about the same history she's gone over again and again and finally got past so we add new tragedy but only ever talk about the old stuff. I don't care about her stupid eyes anymore, or how she is so understanding and wonderful and how could poor people not understand that she Understands Their Pain And Poverty and -- whatever. DNF, quitting the series.
Jul 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinishable
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Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear is the eleventh book in her Maisie Dobbs series, and also, in my opinion, the most different from the others. Yes there is a mystery and plenty of historical fiction, however the reader learns more about Maisie and the inner turmoil she is going through in this book. It has been four years since Maisie has left England and she longs to head back to India for solitude and healing peace when she is summoned back to England by her stepmother. While Maisie is ...more
Wow. I can't say too much as I feel that I would end up with spoilers. At the beginning of this book, Maisie has been to hell and she is working her way back, and she has ended up in (on?) Gibraltar. She finds herself working on a murder, which she hasn't done in quite some time, but this also helps with her road back from hell.

Terrified of committing spoilers, highly recommended!!!
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a, historical-fiction, uk
I liked A Dangerous Place a lot (unlike quite a few reviewers on GoodReads). I think that Jacqueline Winspear found a way of continuing Maisie Dobbs series, while writing a great sequel that takes us to pre WWII years and the Spanish Civil War.
Looking forward to the next novel in the series, which is apparently being printed.
Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eleventh in the Maisie Dobbs historical mystery series and revolving around Lady Compton, a.k.a., Maisie Dobbs. There is no couple in this.

My Take
I am so angry with Maisie (and with Winspear)! Yes, it was well-written, but no, Winspear couldn't possibly let Maisie be happy. I was so hopeful for James, and I looked forward to reading of Maisie's exploits with James.

Instead, I cried and cried and cried all the way through this one almost from the very first page. Almost the only thing keeping Mais
I have really mixed feelings about this book. The beginning was difficult -- as one reviewer said, Winspear deals with several momentous and tragic events in Maisie's life in the first few pages "with brisk efficiency."It was a bit overwhelming and felt contrived -- a great deal of drama for just a few short pages. Considering how many books it took for Maisie to lose her first love, this seemed like an amputation of major proportions.

This is followed by a very long, complex plot surrounding a
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Hmmmmm.....well, I'm not sure I like where Maisie's story is heading. I've enjoyed this series very much but the last two books now have left me feeling lukewarm. I was really surprised at the beginning (I can't say anything without revealing too much), but I must say that I didn't like it. I was kinda like--WTF!---I've waited for a new Maisie Dobbs story and this is how it starts?! I also didn't like Maisie's attitude. I understood to a point but I think she's becoming more of a cold person, ev ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first met Maisie Dobbs so many years ago, I thought of her as an elderly aunt telling me stories. In "A Dangerous Place" (I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads) I feel as though she is a sister going through an awful time and I want to hug her and help her solve the latest mystery she has stumbled upon.

Literally, Maisie stumbles over the body of photographer, Sebastian Babayoff, in pre-WWII Gibraltar and enters into a world of espionage, war and turmoil in Spain and t
Laurie Anderson
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It is 1937 and Europe is on the inexorable path that will lead to World War II. Maisie Dobbs is in Gibraltar, the strategic position of which makes it valuable as a listening post for many countries. Spies seem to be lurking around every corner and some of them are inordinately interested in what Maisie is doing.

And what is Maisie doing? Well, she is trying to come to terms with a recent double tragedy in her life.

She had married her lover, James Compton, and moved with him to Canada where he wa
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the author’s 12th entry in her Maisie Dobbs mystery series. The story takes place in April 1937 with the winds of war gathering velocity across Europe. At the beginning of the book, Maisie is on her way home to England from India where she had gone to escape the pain and grief after her husband had been killed in a aeroplane accident and her unborn child died as well.

When her ship stops at Gibraltar, Maisie can’t face returning to England and all the good-intentioned people awaiting her
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Maisie Dobbs book by Winspear was published in 2003. I remember reading it and loving the character, the historical time and the writing. I also (working as a reference librarian) would tell my colleagues and anyone requesting reading suggestions about the book. Since then I've regularly followed Maise's journey through life. For some reason this book has been out for some time before I got to it. A lot has transpired in Maisie's life, which we learn in retrospect. This is another seri ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I missed this series! When I discovered Maisie Dobbs, I went through all the books out and then had to wait for this one.

The writing in this series is absolutely fantastic. This particular book has a more somber tone, but I enjoyed it as much as the others.
Earlier this week I reviewed Leaving Everything Most Loved, the previous book in the Maisie Dobbs series. In that review, I tried my damnedest to not let the fact I had already read this book, to bleed into it. For the most part, I think I did a pretty good job keeping them separate, and not letting this book color what I had to say on the previous. I'm not going to rehash what I had to say, though I'm still having some of those same problems, only magnified about a bazillion times.

To be perfect
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another adventurous escapade with Maisie Dobbs - this time in Gibraltar as the Spanish Civil War heightens and the proximity to Spain makes Gibraltar a dangerous place. But Maisie takes seriously what she sees as her responsibility to solve a supposedly random murder. And she uses this time to try to heal from a personal tragedy - one that happens between this book and the previous one. By the way I was a bit irritated with Winspear for writing it that way although I get it that Maisie D ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay, a new Maisie Dobbs book! I was so happy that Winspear decided to continue this series. This particular installment opens several years after the end of the last book. I think some readers might dislike what has happened in the intervening years, but I actually was super happy about the direction that Winspear has taken here. I was nervous after reading the last book, but many of my concerns were settled in this one.

The actual book itself is fairly dark--in the earlier books, you could feel
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway program and was very anxious to read it. However...

Got about three-quarters of the way through and every page was like a long, slow trudge. Pedestrian prose. Every little thing the MC does is described so meticulously it wanted to make me scream. Every footstep; every twist and turn of her body; every little thing she looks at deserves a sentence, at least, or even a paragraph. (The main MC likes to 'look' a lot.) Stilted dialogue - it never seems v
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads, mysteries
Rating Clarification: 2.5 Stars

Not the most riveting entry in this series, but oh, the covers are so pretty!
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Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England. Following higher education at the University of London’s Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK.

She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business and as a personal / professional coach, Jacqueline embarked upon a li

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