Publication: 26th March 2019 – Allison & Busby
When an American war correspondent’s murder is concealed by British
authorities, Maisie Dobbs agrees to work with an agent of the US
Department of Justice to help an old friend discover the truth.
With German bombs raining down on London, Maisie is torn between
the demands of solving this dangerous case and the need to protect a
young evacuee. And what will happen when she faces losing her dearest
friend and the possibility that she might be falling in love again?
I am really happy to start the week (and the month) with my stop on the blog tour of THE AMERICAN AGENT, the fifteenth novel in the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. I’d really like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a proof of this intriguing novel.
London is under the attack and there is no rest for Maisie Dobbs. Daily, the Germans are dropping bombs on the English capital and Maisie and her friend Priscilla spend their nights driving around the city in an ambulance rescuing people and carrying them to the hospital. Also, she is asked to investigate the murder of Catherine Saxon, an American reporter. Maisie is eager to find out who killed Catherine, since she knew her personally, but she is not so happy to collaborate with Mark Scott, an American agent who works in the Department of Justice, someone who she doesn’t completely trust, but who she is attracted to.
The author takes the reader right in the middle of the blitz. Thanks to the detailed and evocative descriptions, you can imagine the destruction caused by the bombs and the fear of the people in the streets. Maisie, like the other characters in the novel, has suffered the loss of beloved ones, but this doesn’t detain her, it makes her stronger. Even when someone close to her gets hurt, Maisie keeps going on her investigation in Catherine’s death. On the family side, she is worried about her family, safe in Kent and away from the bombing, and her adoption process of Anna, a young orphan she has quite become attached to.
Even though this the fifteenth book in the series, it can be easily read as a stand-alone. Jaqueline Winspear is an excellent writer and she creates thrilling historical mysteries that not only are suspenseful and engrossing, but that are also informative and well-researched. After fifteen books, Maisie is still an interesting and engaging character and the stories are original and fascinating. THE AMERICAN AGENT is a compelling story of war, loss, and grief, a story of love, friendship, and family that will take the reader back to one of the darkest time in England history showing the bravery of its people.
Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in Kent and emigrated to the
USA in 1990. She has written extensively for journals, newspapers and
magazines, and has worked in book publishing on both sides of the
Atlantic. The Maisie Dobbs series of crime novels is beloved by readers
worldwide – always going into the New York Times top 10 on publication.
Jacqueline will be available for interviews, events and written features.
More info at: jacquelinewinspear.com