In this Grave Hour

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  • Jacqueline Winspear
  • 05 February 2020

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  1. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    As war is declared in Britain, Maisie Dobbs finds herself investigating the death of an Belgian expat living in England Dr Francesca Thomas who works in intelligence and is original Belgian hires her on the part of the Belgian embassy but as Maisie digs deeper into the case she begins to wonder what Dr.Thomas is hiding from her The longer she investigates thebodies start to pile up, all Belgian expats who came to England during WWI and settled down there While trying to figure out the As war is declared in Britain, Maisie Dobbs finds herself investigating the death of an Belgian expat living in England Dr Francesca Thomas who works in intelligence and is original Belgian hires her on the part of the Belgian embassy but as Maisie digs deeper into the case she begins to wonder what Dr.Thomas is hiding from her The longer she investigates thebodies start to pile up, all Belgian expats who came to England during WWI and settled down there While trying to figure out the thread connecting the murder victims Maisie must also help out at her family home when a little girl name Anna is staying but has trouble telling anyone anything about where she s from This was my first Maisie Dobbs and I don t think choosing to start on the thirteenth book was the best I actually hadn t know it was a series The mystery was solid but I thought the ending was kind of dumb, view spoiler they killed his brother to put him out of his pain but he was dying anyways hide spoiler , it just felt like the whole murder spree was unwarranted I also found the whole story line with Anna really boring, not sure why but I just didn t care what was going to happen to the little girl, I really just wanted to know why people were being killed for leaving a country as refugees years ago The writing was pretty good and the book seemedhistorical accurate than most Though the book was a little dry for my tastes, not the biggest fan of political conspiracies and intelligence agencies or pending wars, I do think someone who likes historical fiction or mysteries could really like this one, especially someonepicky about accuracy Also maybe if I had read the other books I d careabout the other characters but most of the time I just got annoyed when the plot moved away from the investigation


  2. Jaline Jaline says:

    This is a series that engaged my interest, my heart, and my mind from the very first book Although I waited a long time for this one to come available through the Library on OverDrive, it was definitely worth the wait.Jacqueline Winspear s writing is exceptionally good At first I thought maybe this could be read as a standalone, but to be honest, one would miss so much of the bonding experience with all the characters, their backgrounds, and how they all connected without reading the whole set This is a series that engaged my interest, my heart, and my mind from the very first book Although I waited a long time for this one to come available through the Library on OverDrive, it was definitely worth the wait.Jacqueline Winspear s writing is exceptionally good At first I thought maybe this could be read as a standalone, but to be honest, one would miss so much of the bonding experience with all the characters, their backgrounds, and how they all connected without reading the whole set It s a lot of books this one is 13 in the series but they are so well written and so fascinating that they speed by without even noticing how late or early one is reading.Maisie Dobbs is a multi faceted, very smart, and very intriguing character She has grown through this series, but the essence of who she is the very heart and soul of her have remained consistent so her personal growth is added on to who she already is rather than radically changing her I adore reading about her life including her current work as a psychologist and private investigator.Maisie s best friend is Priscilla, who married Douglas Partridge several books back and they have three boys named Thomas, Timothy, and Tarquin The title of this book is taken from the King s speech at the beginning of World War II and the two oldest boys 18 and 17 are determined to sign up Their parents are not happy and neither is Maisie as they have all been scarred in various ways through the First World War and their war stories are told in the first several books.Along with this family, I was so happy to become re acquainted with Maisie s assistant Billy Beale, their secretary Sandra Pickering, Maisie s father Frankie and others that I won t talk about because it would spoil earlier books by mentioning them.There are a few murders in this book and Maisie is investigating the first one at the behest of another old friend when the second one quickly follows, along with others Finding the connections and tracking down the murderer s appears at first to be an impossible task the old needle in a haystack situation However, Maisie and her team are nothing if not persistent and thorough It is these qualities that lead them off on several fast paced and breathtaking adventures Will they be in time to prevent further murders I am very much looking forward to the next one in this series as the stories are always involved, the recurring characters are ones I care about and love reading about, and the writing envelops me in the totality of the experience completely I highly recommend this series


  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    I am amazed that Maisie is now up to Book 13 14 actually as there is onepublished that I have not read yet and we have spanned all the time from the first great war to the beginning of the second.There is a lot of interesting historical fact in this book I got goose bumps during the scene where they listen to Neville Chamberlain announcing the start of the war on the wireless Wireless that s a lovely word we do not use anyAlso fascinating was the description of the hospital w I am amazed that Maisie is now up to Book 13 14 actually as there is onepublished that I have not read yet and we have spanned all the time from the first great war to the beginning of the second.There is a lot of interesting historical fact in this book I got goose bumps during the scene where they listen to Neville Chamberlain announcing the start of the war on the wireless Wireless that s a lovely word we do not use anyAlso fascinating was the description of the hospital ward with its long rows of beds, every one immaculately made with the sheets turned neatly at the corners and a strict and domineering Matron in charge Things have changed a lot.The murder mystery is interesting and of course Maisie solves it with her usual skill helped by a little bit of second sight I never attempt to try and guess who dunnit in Maisie Dobbs books because the author is very sparing of her clues and usually only lets Maisie see them I suppose this does help build a little suspense.Some good things seem to be happening in Maisie s personal life which is nice I hope they continue in the next book


  4. Barbara Barbara says:

    In this 13th book in the Maisie Dobbs series, the English private investigator looks into the killing of Belgian refugees during WWII The book can be read as a standalone On the day Britain enters World War II, private detective Maisie Dobbs gets a visit from her old colleague, Dr Francesca Thomas Francesca, a Belgian national, asks Maisie to investigate the death of Frederick Addens a Belgian refugee who came to Britain as a teenager during World War I..and never went home Inste In this 13th book in the Maisie Dobbs series, the English private investigator looks into the killing of Belgian refugees during WWII The book can be read as a standalone On the day Britain enters World War II, private detective Maisie Dobbs gets a visit from her old colleague, Dr Francesca Thomas Francesca, a Belgian national, asks Maisie to investigate the death of Frederick Addens a Belgian refugee who came to Britain as a teenager during World War I..and never went home Instead, Addens made a life in England and became a railway engineer.Addens was shot in the head while kneeling, which seems like deliberate murder to Francesca However, Detective Chief Inspector Caldwell of Scotland Yard contends that the railway man was killed during a robbery Moreover, Scotland Yard is especially taxed during the gear up for war, and isn t making much progress catching Addens killer So Maisie takes Francesca s case and starts looking into Addens death with the assistance of her employees, Billy and Sandra Shortly afterward another Belgian refugee from World War I a banker named Albert Durant is killed Scotland Yard again connects the homicide with a robbery However, Maisie learns that both Addens and Durant were shot with the same kind of gun, and concludes that the killings are linked Maisie interviews people who assist Belgian war refugees, and some of them also turn up dead The detective decides that the key to all these murders lies in Belgium, and makes her way there a VERY diffcult undertaking during wartime While on the continent, Maisie gleans information that helps her solve the crimes Though the murder mystery is at the heart of the story, the book provides fascinating glimpses into London during the early days of World War II Everyone carries gas masks at all times, barrage balloons hover above the city, and blackouts are mandatory at night when even a tiny chink of light will garner a visit from the light police In addition, many children are evacuated to the country, and schools are re purposed for wartime activities A secondary plot line involves the evacuation of a small girl named Anna, about five years old, to Chelstone Manor the estate of Maisie s patron At the manor, Maisie s father and stepmother help look after the child, whose family is unknown Further, Anna refuses to speak and clings tenaciously to a little suitcase she brought along When Maisie visits Chelstone Manor she s very taken with the girl, and becomes determined to help her Maisie s dad warns his daughter not to get too involved with Anna who will have to leave at some point but Maisie can t help herself This part of the story is sweet and moving The war causes all kinds of concerns Maisie s office assistant Sandra who s pregnant is worried about bringing a child into a conflicted world Everyone thinks about the inevitable rationing of food and fuel People are frightened of German bombs And so on.There are a great many ancillary characters in the story, and I had some trouble remembering who s who All in all, however, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to fans of historical mysteries.You can follow my reviews at


  5. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    Maisie Dobbs is hired by a member of the Belgian embassy in this 13th installment of the series A Belgian refugee has been murdered and the embassy wantsof an investigation than the police are providing Things are in turmoil in London as Germany and England are preparing to go to war yet again As long time readers know, the series started at the end of WWI where Maisie had served as a combat nurse in France Now war is back in the picture As Maisie s investigation progresses, she disc Maisie Dobbs is hired by a member of the Belgian embassy in this 13th installment of the series A Belgian refugee has been murdered and the embassy wantsof an investigation than the police are providing Things are in turmoil in London as Germany and England are preparing to go to war yet again As long time readers know, the series started at the end of WWI where Maisie had served as a combat nurse in France Now war is back in the picture As Maisie s investigation progresses, she discoversrefugees being murdered and moves fast to try and stop them Personally her home in the country is being turned into a haven for children escaping from London and potential bombing She involves her father and stepmother in this and it is good to catch up with them One little girl won t speak and she must unravel the mystery of who the child is as no one knows her On top of all this Billy is having problems at home, Sandra is pregnant and Priscilla is naturally worried about her boys and the war Maisie s plate is definitely full I first started reading this series in 2003 when the first book came out It was great as it was two books in one I have been a faithful reader since and really liked the series There was a spot when the series ran out of gas but this one is quite high quality The mystery is quite interesting and I did not solve it It s good to read about the wonderful supporting characters I want to stress you can read this as a stand alone The mystery is quite good and the depiction of the times is interesting I had no idea that Londoners carried gas masks around before war was even declared I had no idea that children were being shipped out before the bombing started Still, if you are a fan of the series it s especially nice to see how Maisie has evolved I can t wait to read what happens next.


  6. Cindy Burnett Cindy Burnett says:

    Jacqueline Winspear s Maisie Dobbs is one of the most creatively written characters in fiction today, and In This Grave Hour is an outstanding addition to the series The story begins on September 3, 1939, the day Great Britain officially declared war on Germany thereby formally entering World War 2 When Maisie returns home that evening, a Secret Service agent is waiting to hire Maisie to find the murderer of a man who had escaped Occupied Belgium during the Great War This investigation leads Jacqueline Winspear s Maisie Dobbs is one of the most creatively written characters in fiction today, and In This Grave Hour is an outstanding addition to the series The story begins on September 3, 1939, the day Great Britain officially declared war on Germany thereby formally entering World War 2 When Maisie returns home that evening, a Secret Service agent is waiting to hire Maisie to find the murderer of a man who had escaped Occupied Belgium during the Great War This investigation leads Maisie down a complicated and fascinating path Meanwhile, Maisie is dealing with a refugee issue of her own related to the new war.I was unaware of the influx of Belgians into Great Britain during World War 1 some settling with families for the duration of the war and others setting up entire towns of Belgian citizens While most returned home when the war was over, some stayed in England permanently Winspear uses this incident as the basis for this novel and provides so many fascinating details regarding the entire refugee event and the impact on both countries.World War 2 is one of my favorite eras, and I have read so many books based then I love stories that still manage to teach me new facts and stories about that time period In This Grave Hour most certainly succeeds in that respect as Winspear brings the early months of the war to life demonstrating what it was like for Londoners I didn t know that Londoners carried gas masks everywhere and left them many places too until they got used to keeping up with the masks and that barrage balloons were a constant presence in the sky I also learned that those early months were subsequently dubbed The Phoney War because it was months before Germany actually started bombing London lulling the populace into thinking that the war might never reach British soil Winspear vividly conveys the horror of war and its impact on the lives of everyone involved, not just those who enlist Many British subjects had barely recovered from the last war and could hardly fathom that war was upon them again The title of the book is taken from King George s speech given on that September 3rd which Winspear uses as an Epitaph In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history for the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war The title is perfect for the book.I loved In This Grave Hour Thanks to Harper for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review


  7. Suzze Tiernan Suzze Tiernan says:

    September 3, 1939 Great Britain declares war on Germany and this novel begins Another excellent installment of the Maisie Dobbs series The main story involves Belgian refugees in England from The Great War, but along the way we see the minutiae of the country preparing for another war Barrage balloons tied up over London to make it difficult for low flying planes to enter the airspace, children being sent to the country to stay where it was deemed safer, and the return of women volunteering September 3, 1939 Great Britain declares war on Germany and this novel begins Another excellent installment of the Maisie Dobbs series The main story involves Belgian refugees in England from The Great War, but along the way we see the minutiae of the country preparing for another war Barrage balloons tied up over London to make it difficult for low flying planes to enter the airspace, children being sent to the country to stay where it was deemed safer, and the return of women volunteering for the war effort Excellent


  8. Lata Lata says:

    This series is like a comforting bowl of porridge for me I like the historical details, and it s been interesting finding out little things about how England came out of the First World War in the first book in this series, all the way to this book, with England entering the Second World War.


  9. ReneE ReneE says:

    It s okay, but not up to her other books which were solid 5 stars I know I m in the minority here, which is okay, but I personally found the story line rather boring and tedious In the past I could read her books in a day or two I found myself putting this book aside often The wrap up was contrived and kind of a let down The only bright spot for me was the Anna storyline I do look forward to her next book as I love the characters.


  10. Cherie Cherie says:

    A muchupbeat feeling than the last several installments and the old team is back together, although WWII has begun I really love how Maisie has grown from the 12 year old girl her father had sent into service after her mother died, all of those years ago.


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In this Grave Hour❮Download❯ ➸ In this Grave Hour Author Jacqueline Winspear – Polishdarling.co.uk Britain is at war Returned from a dangerous mission onto enemy soil and having encountered an old enemy and the Fuhrer himself along the way, Maisie Dobbs is fully aware of the gravity of the current Britain is at war Returned from a dangerous mission onto enemy soil and having encountered an old enemy and the Fuhrer himself along the way, Maisie Dobbs is fully aware of the gravity of the current situation and how her world is on the cusp of In this eBook Í great change One of those changes can be seen in the floods of refugees that are arriving in Britain, desperate for sanctuary from the approaching storm of war When Maisie stumbles on the deaths of refugees who may have been than ordinary people, she is drawn into an investigation that requires all her insight and strength.


About the Author: Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England Following higher education at the University of London s Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UKShe emigrated to the United States in , In this eBook Í and while working in business and as a personal professional coach, Jacqueline embarked upon a life long dream to be a writerA regular contributor to journals covering international education, Jacqueline has published articles in women s magazines and has also recorded her essays for KQED radio in San Francisco She currently divides her time between Ojai and the San Francisco Bay Area and is a regular visitor to the United Kingdom and EuropeJacqueline is the author of the New York Times bestsellers A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, and other nationally bestselling 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, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel and was a New York TimesNotable BookSeries Maisie Dobbshttp uscmillan author jacque.



10 thoughts on “In this Grave Hour

  1. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    As war is declared in Britain, Maisie Dobbs finds herself investigating the death of an Belgian expat living in England Dr Francesca Thomas who works in intelligence and is original Belgian hires her on the part of the Belgian embassy but as Maisie digs deeper into the case she begins to wonder what Dr.Thomas is hiding from her The longer she investigates thebodies start to pile up, all Belgian expats who came to England during WWI and settled down there While trying to figure out the As war is declared in Britain, Maisie Dobbs finds herself investigating the death of an Belgian expat living in England Dr Francesca Thomas who works in intelligence and is original Belgian hires her on the part of the Belgian embassy but as Maisie digs deeper into the case she begins to wonder what Dr.Thomas is hiding from her The longer she investigates thebodies start to pile up, all Belgian expats who came to England during WWI and settled down there While trying to figure out the thread connecting the murder victims Maisie must also help out at her family home when a little girl name Anna is staying but has trouble telling anyone anything about where she s from This was my first Maisie Dobbs and I don t think choosing to start on the thirteenth book was the best I actually hadn t know it was a series The mystery was solid but I thought the ending was kind of dumb, view spoiler they killed his brother to put him out of his pain but he was dying anyways hide spoiler , it just felt like the whole murder spree was unwarranted I also found the whole story line with Anna really boring, not sure why but I just didn t care what was going to happen to the little girl, I really just wanted to know why people were being killed for leaving a country as refugees years ago The writing was pretty good and the book seemedhistorical accurate than most Though the book was a little dry for my tastes, not the biggest fan of political conspiracies and intelligence agencies or pending wars, I do think someone who likes historical fiction or mysteries could really like this one, especially someonepicky about accuracy Also maybe if I had read the other books I d careabout the other characters but most of the time I just got annoyed when the plot moved away from the investigation


  2. Jaline Jaline says:

    This is a series that engaged my interest, my heart, and my mind from the very first book Although I waited a long time for this one to come available through the Library on OverDrive, it was definitely worth the wait.Jacqueline Winspear s writing is exceptionally good At first I thought maybe this could be read as a standalone, but to be honest, one would miss so much of the bonding experience with all the characters, their backgrounds, and how they all connected without reading the whole set This is a series that engaged my interest, my heart, and my mind from the very first book Although I waited a long time for this one to come available through the Library on OverDrive, it was definitely worth the wait.Jacqueline Winspear s writing is exceptionally good At first I thought maybe this could be read as a standalone, but to be honest, one would miss so much of the bonding experience with all the characters, their backgrounds, and how they all connected without reading the whole set It s a lot of books this one is 13 in the series but they are so well written and so fascinating that they speed by without even noticing how late or early one is reading.Maisie Dobbs is a multi faceted, very smart, and very intriguing character She has grown through this series, but the essence of who she is the very heart and soul of her have remained consistent so her personal growth is added on to who she already is rather than radically changing her I adore reading about her life including her current work as a psychologist and private investigator.Maisie s best friend is Priscilla, who married Douglas Partridge several books back and they have three boys named Thomas, Timothy, and Tarquin The title of this book is taken from the King s speech at the beginning of World War II and the two oldest boys 18 and 17 are determined to sign up Their parents are not happy and neither is Maisie as they have all been scarred in various ways through the First World War and their war stories are told in the first several books.Along with this family, I was so happy to become re acquainted with Maisie s assistant Billy Beale, their secretary Sandra Pickering, Maisie s father Frankie and others that I won t talk about because it would spoil earlier books by mentioning them.There are a few murders in this book and Maisie is investigating the first one at the behest of another old friend when the second one quickly follows, along with others Finding the connections and tracking down the murderer s appears at first to be an impossible task the old needle in a haystack situation However, Maisie and her team are nothing if not persistent and thorough It is these qualities that lead them off on several fast paced and breathtaking adventures Will they be in time to prevent further murders I am very much looking forward to the next one in this series as the stories are always involved, the recurring characters are ones I care about and love reading about, and the writing envelops me in the totality of the experience completely I highly recommend this series


  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    I am amazed that Maisie is now up to Book 13 14 actually as there is onepublished that I have not read yet and we have spanned all the time from the first great war to the beginning of the second.There is a lot of interesting historical fact in this book I got goose bumps during the scene where they listen to Neville Chamberlain announcing the start of the war on the wireless Wireless that s a lovely word we do not use anyAlso fascinating was the description of the hospital w I am amazed that Maisie is now up to Book 13 14 actually as there is onepublished that I have not read yet and we have spanned all the time from the first great war to the beginning of the second.There is a lot of interesting historical fact in this book I got goose bumps during the scene where they listen to Neville Chamberlain announcing the start of the war on the wireless Wireless that s a lovely word we do not use anyAlso fascinating was the description of the hospital ward with its long rows of beds, every one immaculately made with the sheets turned neatly at the corners and a strict and domineering Matron in charge Things have changed a lot.The murder mystery is interesting and of course Maisie solves it with her usual skill helped by a little bit of second sight I never attempt to try and guess who dunnit in Maisie Dobbs books because the author is very sparing of her clues and usually only lets Maisie see them I suppose this does help build a little suspense.Some good things seem to be happening in Maisie s personal life which is nice I hope they continue in the next book


  4. Barbara Barbara says:

    In this 13th book in the Maisie Dobbs series, the English private investigator looks into the killing of Belgian refugees during WWII The book can be read as a standalone On the day Britain enters World War II, private detective Maisie Dobbs gets a visit from her old colleague, Dr Francesca Thomas Francesca, a Belgian national, asks Maisie to investigate the death of Frederick Addens a Belgian refugee who came to Britain as a teenager during World War I..and never went home Inste In this 13th book in the Maisie Dobbs series, the English private investigator looks into the killing of Belgian refugees during WWII The book can be read as a standalone On the day Britain enters World War II, private detective Maisie Dobbs gets a visit from her old colleague, Dr Francesca Thomas Francesca, a Belgian national, asks Maisie to investigate the death of Frederick Addens a Belgian refugee who came to Britain as a teenager during World War I..and never went home Instead, Addens made a life in England and became a railway engineer.Addens was shot in the head while kneeling, which seems like deliberate murder to Francesca However, Detective Chief Inspector Caldwell of Scotland Yard contends that the railway man was killed during a robbery Moreover, Scotland Yard is especially taxed during the gear up for war, and isn t making much progress catching Addens killer So Maisie takes Francesca s case and starts looking into Addens death with the assistance of her employees, Billy and Sandra Shortly afterward another Belgian refugee from World War I a banker named Albert Durant is killed Scotland Yard again connects the homicide with a robbery However, Maisie learns that both Addens and Durant were shot with the same kind of gun, and concludes that the killings are linked Maisie interviews people who assist Belgian war refugees, and some of them also turn up dead The detective decides that the key to all these murders lies in Belgium, and makes her way there a VERY diffcult undertaking during wartime While on the continent, Maisie gleans information that helps her solve the crimes Though the murder mystery is at the heart of the story, the book provides fascinating glimpses into London during the early days of World War II Everyone carries gas masks at all times, barrage balloons hover above the city, and blackouts are mandatory at night when even a tiny chink of light will garner a visit from the light police In addition, many children are evacuated to the country, and schools are re purposed for wartime activities A secondary plot line involves the evacuation of a small girl named Anna, about five years old, to Chelstone Manor the estate of Maisie s patron At the manor, Maisie s father and stepmother help look after the child, whose family is unknown Further, Anna refuses to speak and clings tenaciously to a little suitcase she brought along When Maisie visits Chelstone Manor she s very taken with the girl, and becomes determined to help her Maisie s dad warns his daughter not to get too involved with Anna who will have to leave at some point but Maisie can t help herself This part of the story is sweet and moving The war causes all kinds of concerns Maisie s office assistant Sandra who s pregnant is worried about bringing a child into a conflicted world Everyone thinks about the inevitable rationing of food and fuel People are frightened of German bombs And so on.There are a great many ancillary characters in the story, and I had some trouble remembering who s who All in all, however, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to fans of historical mysteries.You can follow my reviews at


  5. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    Maisie Dobbs is hired by a member of the Belgian embassy in this 13th installment of the series A Belgian refugee has been murdered and the embassy wantsof an investigation than the police are providing Things are in turmoil in London as Germany and England are preparing to go to war yet again As long time readers know, the series started at the end of WWI where Maisie had served as a combat nurse in France Now war is back in the picture As Maisie s investigation progresses, she disc Maisie Dobbs is hired by a member of the Belgian embassy in this 13th installment of the series A Belgian refugee has been murdered and the embassy wantsof an investigation than the police are providing Things are in turmoil in London as Germany and England are preparing to go to war yet again As long time readers know, the series started at the end of WWI where Maisie had served as a combat nurse in France Now war is back in the picture As Maisie s investigation progresses, she discoversrefugees being murdered and moves fast to try and stop them Personally her home in the country is being turned into a haven for children escaping from London and potential bombing She involves her father and stepmother in this and it is good to catch up with them One little girl won t speak and she must unravel the mystery of who the child is as no one knows her On top of all this Billy is having problems at home, Sandra is pregnant and Priscilla is naturally worried about her boys and the war Maisie s plate is definitely full I first started reading this series in 2003 when the first book came out It was great as it was two books in one I have been a faithful reader since and really liked the series There was a spot when the series ran out of gas but this one is quite high quality The mystery is quite interesting and I did not solve it It s good to read about the wonderful supporting characters I want to stress you can read this as a stand alone The mystery is quite good and the depiction of the times is interesting I had no idea that Londoners carried gas masks around before war was even declared I had no idea that children were being shipped out before the bombing started Still, if you are a fan of the series it s especially nice to see how Maisie has evolved I can t wait to read what happens next.


  6. Cindy Burnett Cindy Burnett says:

    Jacqueline Winspear s Maisie Dobbs is one of the most creatively written characters in fiction today, and In This Grave Hour is an outstanding addition to the series The story begins on September 3, 1939, the day Great Britain officially declared war on Germany thereby formally entering World War 2 When Maisie returns home that evening, a Secret Service agent is waiting to hire Maisie to find the murderer of a man who had escaped Occupied Belgium during the Great War This investigation leads Jacqueline Winspear s Maisie Dobbs is one of the most creatively written characters in fiction today, and In This Grave Hour is an outstanding addition to the series The story begins on September 3, 1939, the day Great Britain officially declared war on Germany thereby formally entering World War 2 When Maisie returns home that evening, a Secret Service agent is waiting to hire Maisie to find the murderer of a man who had escaped Occupied Belgium during the Great War This investigation leads Maisie down a complicated and fascinating path Meanwhile, Maisie is dealing with a refugee issue of her own related to the new war.I was unaware of the influx of Belgians into Great Britain during World War 1 some settling with families for the duration of the war and others setting up entire towns of Belgian citizens While most returned home when the war was over, some stayed in England permanently Winspear uses this incident as the basis for this novel and provides so many fascinating details regarding the entire refugee event and the impact on both countries.World War 2 is one of my favorite eras, and I have read so many books based then I love stories that still manage to teach me new facts and stories about that time period In This Grave Hour most certainly succeeds in that respect as Winspear brings the early months of the war to life demonstrating what it was like for Londoners I didn t know that Londoners carried gas masks everywhere and left them many places too until they got used to keeping up with the masks and that barrage balloons were a constant presence in the sky I also learned that those early months were subsequently dubbed The Phoney War because it was months before Germany actually started bombing London lulling the populace into thinking that the war might never reach British soil Winspear vividly conveys the horror of war and its impact on the lives of everyone involved, not just those who enlist Many British subjects had barely recovered from the last war and could hardly fathom that war was upon them again The title of the book is taken from King George s speech given on that September 3rd which Winspear uses as an Epitaph In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history for the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war The title is perfect for the book.I loved In This Grave Hour Thanks to Harper for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review


  7. Suzze Tiernan Suzze Tiernan says:

    September 3, 1939 Great Britain declares war on Germany and this novel begins Another excellent installment of the Maisie Dobbs series The main story involves Belgian refugees in England from The Great War, but along the way we see the minutiae of the country preparing for another war Barrage balloons tied up over London to make it difficult for low flying planes to enter the airspace, children being sent to the country to stay where it was deemed safer, and the return of women volunteering September 3, 1939 Great Britain declares war on Germany and this novel begins Another excellent installment of the Maisie Dobbs series The main story involves Belgian refugees in England from The Great War, but along the way we see the minutiae of the country preparing for another war Barrage balloons tied up over London to make it difficult for low flying planes to enter the airspace, children being sent to the country to stay where it was deemed safer, and the return of women volunteering for the war effort Excellent


  8. Lata Lata says:

    This series is like a comforting bowl of porridge for me I like the historical details, and it s been interesting finding out little things about how England came out of the First World War in the first book in this series, all the way to this book, with England entering the Second World War.


  9. ReneE ReneE says:

    It s okay, but not up to her other books which were solid 5 stars I know I m in the minority here, which is okay, but I personally found the story line rather boring and tedious In the past I could read her books in a day or two I found myself putting this book aside often The wrap up was contrived and kind of a let down The only bright spot for me was the Anna storyline I do look forward to her next book as I love the characters.


  10. Cherie Cherie says:

    A muchupbeat feeling than the last several installments and the old team is back together, although WWII has begun I really love how Maisie has grown from the 12 year old girl her father had sent into service after her mother died, all of those years ago.


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