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"A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander." — Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air, on Maisie Dobbs

Sunday September 3rd 1939.  At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.

In a London shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian refugee is found murdered.  And as Maisie delves deeper into the killings of the dispossessed from the “last war," a new kind of refugee — an evacuee from London — appears in Maisie's life. The little girl billeted at Maisie’s home in Kent does not, or cannot, speak, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on the “Operation Pied Piper” evacuee train.  They know only that her name is Anna.

As Maisie’s search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come.  Britain is approaching its gravest hour — and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own.

Mysteries & Thrillers
March 14

Customer Reviews

Tanner Payne ,

In this grave hour

AMAZING! I found out about Jacqueline Winspear's books a few months ago and read them all within that time to this. I am devastated that I finished the series so quickly but I couldn't help myself!! Waiting another year or so for the next installment is too sad! Please keep writing! The books are at the top of my favorites list!

JSSIndy ,

In This GraveHour

Once again a wonderful story! You always tell your tale with sensitivity and knowledge of the time period. I feel you give an excellent approach to the mood of the time and its events. I love Maisie Dobbs! I savor them, always afraid there will not be another. Please continue writing them.

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