The independent Maisie Dobbs continues to carve out a life for herself in 1931 London. Her detective work gives her great satisfaction, and Maisie moves easily among the wealthy and working classes as she gathers clues. Winspear paints a vivid portrait of life after the
first World War. The struggles of the working class are compelling and are brought to the forefront as Maisie's assistant, Billy Beale, deals with his young daughter's sudden illness. Maisie is a compelling and socially aware character who acknowledges the hypocrisy of her world.

Georgina Bassington–Hope contacts Maisie to look into the circumstances of her twin brother's death. Nick, a well-known artist, fell from a scaffold at the gallery where he was preparing to exhibit a new piece. Although it was ruled an accident, Georgina believes it was something more. The controversial artwork to be displayed is missing. Maisie's investigation takes her on a journey through the artist's life, and she realizes she must find the missing artwork to uncover the truth. (HENRY HOLT, Sep., 336 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin