March 29, 2016
From the Publisher:
It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square—a place of many memories—she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man’s wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie—who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter—to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.
The British government is not alone in its interest in Maisie’s travel plans. Her nemesis—the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death—has learned of her journey, and is also desperate for her help.
Traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, Maisie encounters unexpected dangers—and finds herself questioning whether it’s time to return to the work she loved. But the Secret Service may have other ideas. . . .
My thoughts on Journey to Munich:
For this twelfth Maisie Dobbs cozy mystery, Maisie is recruited by the government in 1938 to go to Munich posing as a relative of a captive of Hitler’s Nazi regime to secure this important man’s release. As usual, there are many complicated characters and Maisie has to discern who she can trust. Due to the brutal, cold, and fascist nature of the Nazis, I am sure it is difficult to write about this period of history. I thought Ms. Winspear once again does a superb job sending Maisie to Munich when tensions were so high and nerves so fraught. I was on edge while time reading the novel because I was afraid Maisie would be exposed. One thing I liked about this novel were Maisie’s memories and reflections of her World War I past service, giving her strength to withstand yet more stress and make good decisions. Naturally, not much is as one would seem, but Maisie perseveres to get to the truth. She makes a new American friend who will be an interesting addition to Maisie’s ever-growing world of fellow business associates. Sadly, many of the familiar characters are getting older. As usual, many issues are addressed, namely the persecution of various groups by the Nazis. Maisie also has to deal with her own situation of being alone again after her husband’s death, as well as the loss of their baby. Since she did not rush into marriage and motherhood, she feels the constraint of time against her and wonders how happy she might have been had decisions been different. Of course, she relies on her friend Priscilla and her father and step-mother to keep her grounded and to help her navigate through life again after a long period of grief. The novel begins and ends in Fitzroy Square, the locale of Maisie’s old office when she hung her psychologist and investigator sign on the door.