“London, September 1941. Freddie Hackett, a message runner for a government office, witnesses an argument that ends in murder. Hiding in the doorway of a bombed-out house, Freddie waits until the coast is clear. But when he arrives at his next delivery address, he’s shocked to come face-to-face with the killer.
Dismissed by the police when reporting the crime, Freddie turns to private investigator Maisie Dobbs. While Maisie believes the boy and wants to help, she must exercise caution given her work with the French resistance. When she spots the killer in a place she least expects, she soon realises she’s been pulled into the orbit of a man who has his own reasons to kill – reasons that go back to the last war.“
I do love a Maisie Dobbs story and have 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, it’s like I’m catching up with an old friend.
This is the 16th book in the series and it’s seems to get better with each book. I loved following Maisie and her assistant Billie, as they try to work out what it was that young Freddie Hackett saw. Maisie is convinced that he’s telling the truth, but her contacts at Scotland Yard and SOE want her to leave it alone, that the boy was just imagining things. Well Maisie is not one for giving up, and the more she looks into the case the more disturbing it gets.
This was such a good story as there was a lot going on in the case and in Maisie’s other life, now that she’s involved with checking over recruits for SOE. Two of the new recruits are women she knows very well, and she feels dreadful at being involved in the process of sending them to occupied France, especially when her best friend Priscilla is related to both of them!
As to solving the mystery? Well, as usual I didn’t have a clue and totally forgot about trying to work it out as I was so wrapped in the story, especially what was happening between Maisie and Mark Scott. He’s the American she met in the previous book and things were getting interesting between them. This book has ended on a real cliff hanger and I really hope there’s going to be a happy ending for Maisie, as she’s had so much tragedy in her life. I’m crossing my fingers that the author doesn’t make something awful happen between them in the next book. 🤞
I thoroughly recommend this wonderful series to anyone who enjoys historical mysteries especially ones set in World War Two.
Thanks so much to NetGalley and Allison & Busby for my digital copy via the NetGalley app.