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by Jacqueline Winspear

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

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Maisie Dobbs' story continues in this strong historical, set in 1931 England. The physical and financial devastations of World War I continue as former soldiers wounded in mind and body can't find work. Winspear's depiction of the setting is flawless. Political overtones are touched on but don't slow down the story. There are hints of romance for Maisie, who in past books has seemed too wounded by the war and her losses. The secondary characters who played a more prominent role in earlier books are missing here, but this is still a deeply satisfying, if sad, book.

Psychological investigator Maisie is drawn into a government investigation when she sees an unemployed war veteran kill himself with a bomb. The next day, the prime minister's office receives a threat about a massive loss of life if the horrible conditions veterans face are not improved. After being named in the threatening letter, Maisie is first investigated and then brought in as a special investigator for Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch. The race is on to find the man behind the terrible threat of chemical welfare. (HOLT, Feb., 320 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed By: Page Traynor

Publisher: HOLT

Published: February 2009

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