You would think that by the time I got to the twelfth book in a series it would start to become a little weary, a little thin. What a lovely surprise it was to read Journey To Munich, and find a full and interesting plot with some new characters and a new angle on detective work for Maisie.
I’ve really enjoyed this Maisie Dobbs series. It’s been fun to follow Maisie’s progression from housemaid to nurse to psychologist to detective and on to business owner. I’m grateful to the author for allowing all of us to see the growth in those skills and the changes in her personal life. We’ve come to know the people that are important in Maisie’s life and then, of course, there is the travel to other countries. It’s been a great experience.
Although the series started in 1929, in Journey To Munich we are now up to early 1938. It’s still pre-World War II but, in England, there is much concern about what is happening in Germany. As the story opens, Maisie is asked by British Secret Service to take on a special assignment for them.
Great Britain is eager to bring home an important industrialist who is being held in Dachau prison. Germany will only release him to a family member. The wife is bedridden and the daughter has been recently killed in a car wreck. They convince Maisie to pose as the daughter. Fortunately, Maisie is given a disguise to make her look like the daughter, quick but good training and an opportunity to immerse herself in speaking German.
Maisie has quite the adventure in Munich. There are a few surprises for Maisie, more than what she expected. As you can expect, the people of Germany are on edge. There’s not much friendliness and it gave me some things to think about. The book does, however, end on just the right note.
After reading so many books set in World War II, it was a nice change to look at pre-war Europe. I’m sure the next book or two in the series will take us right on into the war. That’s okay. I trust Jacqueline Winspear to take us gently into that war through Maisie’s experiences.
I strongly recommend the Maisie Dobbs series to you. If you haven’t read any of them, start at the beginning with Maisie Dobbs. It won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. And then, just keep going. You’ll enjoy them. This is a quality series.