In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear
A Maisie Dobbs Novel

70%

8 Critic Reviews

The best thing for all is how the whole series delivers solid story and sympathetic characters. In This Grave Hour is lucky number 13, and there’s no sign the series will stop showing how individual acts of heart can do much to counter collective tragedy.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

"A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander." — Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air, on Maisie Dobbs

 Sunday September 3rd 1939.  At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.

 In a London shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian refugee is found murdered.  And as Maisie delves deeper into the killings of the dispossessed from the “last war," a new kind of refugee — an evacuee from London — appears in Maisie's life. The little girl billeted at Maisie’s home in Kent does not, or cannot, speak, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on the “Operation Pied Piper” evacuee train.  They know only that her name is Anna.

 As Maisie’s search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come.  Britain is approaching its gravest hour — and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own.

 

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 14, 2017 by Harper. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for In This Grave Hour
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Jan 26 2017

Winspear teeters on the brink of stating the emotionally obvious at times but largely pulls back and weaves a convincing historical drama together with a rocky journey for her heroine.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 23 2017

The mystery fails to grip, and the quality of the prose falls short of Winspear’s usual high standard.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Carolyn Haley on Mar 13 2017

The best thing for all is how the whole series delivers solid story and sympathetic characters. In This Grave Hour is lucky number 13, and there’s no sign the series will stop showing how individual acts of heart can do much to counter collective tragedy.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Mar 17 2017

Although IN THIS GRAVE HOUR is a well-realized historical novel, full of period details that help enliven this pivotal era in 20th-century history, many of the issues it raises continue to hold currency today. Conversations and debates about whether and how to integrate refugees into society remain relevant...

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Open Letters Monthly

Good
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on Mar 13 2017

Winspear is a practiced hand at navigating these difficulties, and In This Grave Hour bustles forward with a smooth readability that’s only enhanced by the author’s wily allusions to a very different and far more contemporary European refugee crisis.

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NJ.com

Above average
Reviewed by Fran Wood on Apr 09 2017

If you threw a dinner party - even a very small one - for literature's most compelling female detectives, there would be a place card for Maisie Dobbs.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux on Mar 14 2017

I liked Journey to Munich, but In This Grave Hour easily surpasses it. This is some fucking good storytelling on the part of author, Jacqueline Winspear. I can't wait for the next Maisie Dobbs novel.

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Above average
Reviewed by Anne Corey on Mar 01 2017

Although some exposition is necessary to understand who Maisie Dobbs is and what people and events mean to her, the author does not overpower us with retellings of the past. This book can be read alone, but will most certainly inspire readers to go back and discover the details of Maisie's life and the background of the characters who surround her.

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