A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
A Maisie Dobbs Novel

64%

7 Critic Reviews

A pivotal historical moment forced to take a back seat to the heroine’s wardrobe and intuition.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Private investigator Maisie Dobbs receives her first assignment from the British Secret Service in A Lesson in Secrets, the eighth book in Jacqueline Winspear’s award-winning mystery series. Sent to pose as a junior lecturer at a private college in Cambridge, she will monitor any activities “not in the interests of His Majesty’s government.” When the college’s pacifist founder is murdered, Maisie finds herself in the midst of sinister web of murder, scandal, and conspiracy, activities that point towards members of the ascendant Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei—the Nazi Party—on Britain’s shores. An instant classic, and sure to captivate long-time Maisie Dobbs fans as well as readers of Agatha Christie, Elizabeth George, and Alexander McCall Smith, A Lesson in Secrets is “a powerful and complex novel, one that will linger in memory as a testament to her talent and her humanity” (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
 

About Jacqueline Winspear

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Jacqueline Winspear is the author of An Incomplete Revenge—a New York Times bestseller—and four other Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.
 
Published March 22, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 477 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Lesson in Secrets
All: 7 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 01 2011

A pivotal historical moment forced to take a back seat to the heroine’s wardrobe and intuition.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Jan 31 2011

Maisie's new affluence allows her to intervene benevolently in the lives of those she cares for and her romantic life intensifies, but these positive personal developments end up making her less interesting as a protagonist than formerly.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Mar 28 2011

The forward-looking focus of Winspear's latest will be exciting for her many fans, who will be eager to accompany Maisie on what promises to be an intriguing, dangerous and sobering journey.

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Zimbio

Above average
on Mar 21 2011

As always, Winspear does a wonderful job of creating the atmosphere, culture, and setting of the period...These books present a strong female character who succeeds because of her brains rather than her beauty

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

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on Apr 23 2011

A Lesson in Secrets is another strong entry in this outstanding series. Not only does Ms. Winspear capture the atmosphere, language, and climate of the early thirties in England, but she also manages to create an involving and complex plot...

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Monsters and Critics

Above average
on Dec 03 2012

The detective element in this story is far less strong than in earlier ones, there seems to be too much of a focus on political/secret service issues. Maisie as a character does not come through as clearly as in earlier stories...

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Sleeping Hedgehog

Above average
on Apr 26 2011

What is missing from this novel that I remember with great affection from the first three I reviewed are some of Maisie’s distinctive practices: her meticulous note-taking, her intuitive reading of crime scenes...

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