Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as "the Bore War"nothing much seems to have happened yetMaisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract. As Maisies inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing sonbut this time the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie....
|Title||:||To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs #14)|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
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To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs #14) Reviews
It's May 1940 and, while Britain is at war with Germany, nothing much has happened so far on the home front, except lots of talk about the possibility of England being invaded, and continued preparations for the war. But now that the so-called phony war has ended, things are heating up.
For 15 year-old Joe Coombes, already an apprentice for Yates and Sons, painters and decorators, it now means a job painting the buildings at every RAF airfield in the country with a special new fire-retardant pain ...more
I love this series, the growth of Maisie's character is a draw and the variety of her cases. Set against the backdrop of war, WWI in the early books and now WWII, wartime in Great Britain, shadowed in the minds of the characters, adds to the depth.
Maisie's character has faced much opposition throughout the series. As a child, facing economic and class challenges; in business as a female, and as a woman in a male dominated profession. Her intelligence and drive, support from friends and mentors, ...more
Another solid entry in a series I always read and enjoy. Maisie Dobbs is asked to check up on a neighbor's son who is working as a painter on a secret military project in WWII England. There are many historical details and facts brought to play in each of Winspear's books and each character develops further in every book. Very satisfying.
England, Spring, 1940--a young man Maisie knows from London is missing, and his father comes to her for help. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg: dangerous chemicals, the Bank of England, the encroaching War, and mobsters will all have to be dealt with before the matter concludes. A meticulously researched and exciting plot and with wonderfully-drawn characters make this an excellent addition to this series; Winspear, always a superb writer, just keeps getting better--highly recommen ...more
I've loved Maisie ever since I found her in the library reading her employer's books stealthily at night. Fortunately the employer was humane and saw potential in this lowly servant. She has gone on to many adventures as well as difficulties. This was a pretty normal installment. Lots going on, maybe a tad too much. But, Maisie is such a pragmatic and sensitive soul that it is fun to get inside her head and see how she problem solves and gets the task done. Also, Winspear, as usual, foretells th ...more
I just love this series. These mysteries are so well crafted, the historical aspects are so authentic, and Maisie is such a beautifully developed character that I feel like you live in the book more than read it. Every Maisie Dobbs book is an experience, not just a book. The exploration of war profiteering, the challenges of adoption for single women in the 1940s, and the evacuation of Dunkirk were all particular high points of this adventure. I also found myself worrying about the fictional chi ...more
A very satisfying installment in the Maisie Dobbs series. As Hitler invades Belgium and France, Maisie is called upon to investigate the death of the local publican's youngest son. Maisie's investigation reveals business corruption, a potential threat against the Bank of England, and espionage. On a personal level, she's trying to adopt Anna, her evacuee, and families close to her are deeply concerned about their sons who are involved in the fighting in France or in the Dunkirk evacuation. I lov ...more
Another excellent entry in the MAISIE DOBBS series. I have been wondering how Winspear would handle the introduction of the second World War, and how it would impact our main characters, all of whom were touched by the First in significant ways. In TO DIE BUT ONCE, we have this introduction, and it's both quite personal and part of the larger history, with a plot point hinging on Dunkirk.
It is essential to have read prior books in the series before this one, as many characters from throughout th ...more