The American Agent Blog Tour Poster

I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear. Thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invitation and to Allison & Busby my paperback copy of the book. Before I share my review here’s what the book is all about:

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“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?”

My Review

I do love a Maisie Dobbs story and was absolutely thrilled when the blog tour invitation arrived in my email. I’ve been reading Jacqueline Winspear’s fab series for years, not always in order as it depends what the library has in stock, but one thing’s for sure, I always love catching up with Maisie. I love finding out what’s going in her personal and professional life, like I’m catching up with an old friend.

This 15th book in the series, is set during the blitz of World War Two, as Maisie and her best friend Priscilla are volunteers driving ambulances through London’s bombed out streets. Priscilla has been Maisie’s best friend since they were at Girton College together before World War 1 and have seen each other through thick and thin. I really like Priscilla and think she would be a great friend to have around as she’s always trying to get Maisie to see the lighter side of life and not be so focussed on her detective business.
I’ve always enjoyed how Maisie works her cases and I particularly liked her compassion towards the victim in this book, something I haven’t really come across in other crime novels. I also enjoyed the way she draws up her case maps back at her office during the different aspects of the case with Billie, her faithful employee from the first books in the series. The added subterfuge of Maisie working alongside an agent of the US Department of Justice added an extra dimension to this murder mystery. Who could Maisie and Billie trust? Her friend in the Special Branch, the American Agent or perhaps neither?

The historical aspect to this novel regarding the isolationist stance the USA took towards their involvement in World War Two was fascinating. It really brought home how devastating Britain’s position was during the blitz and how they desperately needed help from America, if only they would believe what was truly happening in London.
As to solving the mystery? Well, I had so many theories and suspects right from the first few pages of this book but I didn’t work it out, I wasn’t even close!!
I thoroughly recommend this wonderful series to anyone who enjoys historical crime novels and I think this could be the best one so far!
 

About the Author

jacqueline-winspear-pressJacqueline 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.