In This Grave Hour (Maisie Dobbs Series #13)

In This Grave Hour (Maisie Dobbs Series #13)

by Jacqueline Winspear


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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062436627
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: Maisie Dobbs Series , #13
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 50,648
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes In This Grave Hour, Journey to Munich, A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, and eight other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.


Ojai, California

Date of Birth:

April 30, 1955

Place of Birth:

Weald of Kent, England


The University of London¿s Institute of Education

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In This Grave Hour (Maisie Dobbs Series #13) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the foray into Germany experienced by our exceptionally capable heroine in a past volume, Winspear has seen fit to return Maisie to familiar areas in this latest novel. And it's about time! No more running about the world trying to put her grief behind her. Now she is firmly back on solid ground, although the author does drag out both a mute child and an orphaned dog to tug at the reader's heartstrings. All in all, one of the better of the series! I now look forward to the next, instead of wondering where Maisie Dobbs was going to land in her attempt to outrun grief and loss.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!! I love all the Maisie Dobbs books, and this one did not disappoint. The only problem? Once again, I have to wait for the next book to be printed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is helpful to have read the earlier books as family and friendships are complex but the book can stand alone. Mysticism and intuition still trump intellect and reason with Maisie, but the story about refugees in the era of the new war is interesting.
Delphimo 11 months ago
I am on a Jacqueline Winspear journey to read the latest books in the Maisie Dobbs series. Jacqueline Winspear portrays a courageous and intelligent woman. Maisie Dobbs surprises me with her sound reasoning and attention to detail. I do feel that her treatment of Billy Beale and Sandra merits a little harsh criticism, as Maisie acts hoity at times when talking to them. The story centers on the approaching of WWII and the horrors that another war will bring. Maisie discovers a murderer and uncovers the mystery surrounding a small girl. I wish I was half as smart as Maisie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book,
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
What an amazing tour de force. The mystery is solid. The characterizations spot on. The blending of "the old war" and "the new war" is frighteningly believable. It will be interesting to see where the author goes with the character of Ann. My only complaint is that critical information shared by the Belgian priest is kept from us until the very end. I understand the necessity for this for the story-line, but it was a bit annoying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not want it to end!
Henry_McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear This is the thirteenth novel in the Maisie Dobbs series. This book is as intriguing and enjoyable as the first and all the others in the series. The story is intricately plotted with subtle clues. The story opens on September 3rd, 1939—the day England declared war on Germany. In what appears to be an unrelated matter, a foreign government asks Maisie to investigate a series of murders. The victims were evacuated while children during the First World War. They elected to remain in England after the war. Now someone is killing them. Maisie peels back the layers of the victim’s lives to discover connections that have their roots in Belgium. Maisie also suspects her contact in the Belgian embassy is not being forthright with her. British police see the murders as random robberies. While unraveling the knots in the case, Maisie intervenes in the situation of a little girl found alone in a railway station during the evacuation of children from London in anticipation of German air raids and invasion. Touched at her core, she makes arrangements for the child to be cared for as she searches for the little girl’s caretaker. In This Grave Hour is Winspear at her best. Maisie continues to grow as a person and this book reveals new aspects of her character as both cases revive memories of her war service and her husband’s death she would rather not face. But she does face them and the reader draws closer to Maisie. Once again, Maisie is smart, strong and determined to see justice done. And she is also vulnerable and this makes us care for her more. Maisie’s world is alive with the characters and friends we have journeyed with over the years. Her father and stepmother help with the little girl. Billy and Sandra are back. There is a hint a romance from early in the series may rekindle. And Maisie’s relationship with the little girl presents all kinds of possibilities. I’m already looking forward to Book 14. I highly recommend this story. Join Maisie on her journey through England and Europe in the time period Winspear brings alive through her descriptions. We see London as Maisie sees it and the story world in never disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maisie is a favorite, especially the historical settings. Found this title at my B&N store, new hardcover, for $6.95.
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Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book in the series. This has been one of my favorites. I loved all the characters. Maisie and all of England have to realize that they are going to war again. They must all learn what their parts will be this time. I loved how this all came together. I received an ebook copy from edelweiss for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
KBrady More than 1 year ago
Have enjoyed the complete spectrum of this series, the first book was still best and most loved, but as characters develop the attention refocuses. As Ms Winspear refocused Maisie and other characters, so have I developed a change in my most loved of the series. On through the war.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline Winspear’s IN THIS GRAVE HOUR gripped my attention and would not let go . . . dread of the coming war felt most strongly by those who’d lived with the last war. Murders to be solved and more to be prevented if answers found soon enough. Maisie’s giving help to others, to be balanced with her own well-being, her father’s concern. Complex and rich story. “Coincidence is a messenger sent by truth.” “The path to forgiveness had not been an easy journey . . . but . . . it was the only way to break free from the dark grief that could grow like bindweed around the heart . . . “ “What’s the longest time you can bear? Two minutes” . . . gradually increases to five, ten, a day, a week. New thing learned — barrage balloons - blimps to hinder bombers’ approach
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
The last few Maisie Dobbs books have found Maisie in Germany and Spain, away from her friends and family, trying to heal from a horrible tragedy. The latest book, In This Grave Hour, Maisie is back in London and back to work as a private investigator and psychologist. That means that the characters we have grown to love- her assistants Billy and Sandra, her father and stepmother Brenda, best friend Priscilla and Pris' husband and sons- are back too. They were sorely missed. As the story opens in 1939, England has reluctantly declared war on Germany. We first met Maisie when she was a nurse and ambulance driver in France during WWI, and we have seen the havoc wreaked on her and the people she loved because of war. They are all wary of what will happen, but many (including Maisie) know how dangerous Hitler and Nazi Germany have become. Francesca Thomas, a Belgian national we have met in a previous book, returns to ask Maisie to investigate the murder of a Belgian refugee in London. Thomas is a shadowy figure, and she doesn't believe that the London police are very interested in discovering what happened. Maisie takes on the case, and she brings out the trusty case board for her and Billy and Sandra to work on. (This brings me great joy to see the case board again!) Maisie discovers that two other Belgian refugees have been murdered in the same fashion, a bullet to the back of the head while kneeling, so this case gets more complicated. The story resonates with today's news as war refugees from Syria have been flooding Europe and many of the countries to which they have been accepted are having issues as well. Nationalist movements are gaining ground in countries like England, France and Germany as millions of refugees seek safety from their war-torn home. Maisie gets involved with a man blinded and rendered disabled by WWI, as well as a young girl found at a train station alone amidst a group of refugees. Maisie recruits her father and stepmother to help her with the young girl. Using her wits and training, Maisie closes the case. And as WWII looms, Priscilla convinces Maisie to join her as she signs up to drive ambulances for wounded soldiers. It seems that in the next book, we will have come full circle, with Maisie and Priscilla helping out with the war effort. In This Grave Hour brings Maisie back to her home, family and friends, and it feels right. This is a strong book in the series, and I will be impatiently awaiting next year's story to see where WWII takes Maisie and company. It is particularly appropriate that each Maisie Dobbs book publishes in March, which is International Women's History Month. Maisie is a wonderful feminist heroine, and this series is great for high schoolers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each book is better than the last. Altho each one stands alone, they are better and make more sense when read in order. Can't wait for the newest one to be published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope she continues writing about the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May need to give up on this series