The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs Series #15)

The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs Series #15)

by Jacqueline Winspear

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Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, “one of the great fictional heroines” (Parade), investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death.

As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend—and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062436696
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: Maisie Dobbs Series , #15
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 3,821
File size: 3 MB

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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The American Agent 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Maise Dobbs books and have come to know the characters as old friends. All her books are top notch including this one. And as with all Ms Winspear’s books, I didn’t want this one to end. It was fantastic - well told with a complex plot threaded with human compassion, love, humor, and all that constitutes fiction at its best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why would anyone give this book less than 5 stars! I read a lot of books, so its immediately apparent when i start reading a quality book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended.
Delphimo 10 months ago
I enjoyed The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear. The book shows the other side of the war coin. In the last Maisie Dobbs mystery, England prepares for war. In this novel the German planes are bombing London and many types of rations create havoc from the people. Maisie and her friend Priscilla are volunteers for the ambulances. Priscilla receives vicious burns while rescuing some children from a burning house. One of Priscilla’s sons leads a naval crusade to rescue soldiers in France and loses his arm for this brave undertaking. Winspear does an excellent job in showing the dangers and heartaches of WWII. Her characters dance from the pages and a mother’s grief over the death of a child display sorrow and grief.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very readable. I feared the author was going to kill off another major character; fortunately that did not happen. I recommend this book as an enjoyable history lesson.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Maisie Dobbs book I have read and it was entertaining enough that it won’t be my last. The author lays the groundwork for the reader to be the sleuth, and then surprises with the true guilty party.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually deserves an excellent without any prejudice as to all the awards this book has won. Is a fun story telling technique as well as an interesting take on detective work in which the detective satisfies the client by alleviating his/her pain and making the search motivation change to a solution not expected. The author deserves all the cudos she's earned for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! So very happy to see Maisie settled again! The story line with Priscilla’s family is interesting and I look forward to more about them. Thank you for these beautiful characters! Please, keep them coming!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait for #16!
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nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic Maisie Hobbs book! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen this time out to Maisie and all of her "family" - the cast of regulars. I loved this new story. My one and only complaint? Now that I tore through this newest story, I must wait for the next book to come out to see what the future holds for Maisie. Anticipation! Thank you, Jacqueline Winspear, for such a wonderful series.
Henry_McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series is my favorite reading right now. This is Book 15 and, like all the others, it doesn't disappoint. Set in 1940 during World War II, Maisie is asked to assist in the investigation the murder of an American broadcaster. Her American counterpart shrouds himself in secrecy and Maisie soon wonders what his real mission is. She perseveres on her own. Her investigation reveals secrets that stretch across the Atlantic and deep into a powerful political family. A family that is more concerned with its reputation than with who killed their daughter/sister. What I enjoy most about this series is Maisie doesn’t operate in a vacuum. Ms. Winspear has created a story world populated with characters that give our heroine a family that beckons her even as she strives to solve a crime. The background of World War II is as alive as any character. We join Maisie as she responds to the crisis her country faces, a crisis brought to stark reality through Maisie’s friends and family and the military and diplomatic officials she works with. Maisie works to ensure the safety of her father and stepmother and the family who took her in as a maid when she was very young and who has been her patrons ever since. She worries about her assistant Billie and his family. We’ve come to know this family through the previous volumes in the series, and we care for them as much as Maisie does. Added to the mix is her concern for her widowed secretary and the woman’s child. The most significant thread in the novel is Maisie’s efforts to adopt a six-year-old girl. At every step in the process, roadblocks and hurdles challenge her, causing the reader to wonder if it will ever happen. Overall, this is a most welcome addition to the Maisie Dobbs series. It can be read as a stand-alone because Ms. Winspear does an excellent job of weaving backstory information without slowing the pace and action of the story. Even with this, I recommend reading the entire series to capture the full flavor of this remarkable detective. I give the novel five stars. This is an unsolicited review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging storyline. Same quality as her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely..I think you could pick up this book and read it and not have read earlier books. The plot was so interesting and I was blown away by the ending.. Excellent read.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Count me in as one of the many Maisie Dobbs series fans. I always look forward to March when the new Maisie Dobbs novel publishes. The 15th in the series is The American Agent, and with its setting of London during the German blitz, it's one of the best in the series. Maisie is balancing working as a private investigator and volunteering with her best friend Priscilla as ambulance drivers, ferrying civilians injured during the bombings of London. Maisie and Priscilla worked as ambulance drivers when we first met them many books ago during WWI. When an American female radio war correspondent is murdered shortly after Maisie and Priscilla meet her, Maisie is asked to team up with an American Department of Justice official, Mark Scott, whom she met when she was in Spain during their Civil War. Unlike some of the more recent Maisie Dobbs books, the action takes place all in England, and most of Maisie's friends, colleagues and family are all here- Billy and Sandra, who work for her at her private investigations agency, police investigator MacFarlane, Priscilla and her family, and Maisie's father and stepmother, along with the young orphan girl Maisie is trying to adopt. The stakes in The American Agent are so much higher as everyone in London is endangered by the nightly German bombings. In addition to Maisie trying to find out who killed Catherine Saxon, she and her friends must worry about being killed themselves. Real people, like a young Edward R. Murrow, make cameo appearances, and Catherine's family has a resemblance to US Ambassador to England Joseph P. Kennedy's family here. (Catherine reminded me of Kick Kennedy, who tragically died in a plane crash during WWII.) Winspear's research and attention to detail are so appreciated here. If you are a Maisie Dobbs fan, you will enjoy this latest entry into the series. If you are not a Maisie Dobbs fan, I recommend you get on the bandwagon and start with book one, Maisie Dobbs. It's a wonderful series for high school women to read, as Maisie is a strong, smart and caring female role model. She makes mistakes, but she learns and grows from them, something we can all aspire to.
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KBrady More than 1 year ago
Love Jacqueline Winspear’s An American Agent. Great installment to her well loved series. Our Maisie has grown so much in this book. Author has done an excellent job of telling the past perspectives of characters and events, surgically inserted brief but well told that you feel this book is really new material and not a partially told story told over and over. Well done. Hopefully next year we will have a new story. WWII isn’t a bright subject but this started off my spring perfectly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best of the series
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joansreviews More than 1 year ago
Set against the backdrop of the 1940 German blitzkrieg upon London, this 15th installment in the Maisie Dobbs series finds Maisie investigating the murder of Catherine Saxon, an intrepid American journalist reporting on the war from London. Maisie, a psychologist/investigator, is asked by Scotland Yard detective Robert MacFarlane to team up with Mark Scott, an American agent who had helped Maisie escape from Munich, Germany. The investigation leads Maisie around London and into the lives of a whole cast of suspects culminating in a shocking conclusion. As in the previous books of this series, the story follows Maisie’s personal tragedies and triumphs, as well as the back-stories of the recurring characters. In this current book, Maisie is trying to work towards the adoption of her much loved war refugee, all the while fighting her growing feelings towards a man she feels she cannot entirely trust. Ms. Winspear has written a truly compelling and suspenseful work of historical fiction, painting an accurate picture of the British stoicism, rising up each morning to go about their lives and jobs after spending night after night enduring the blitz in cellars and shelters throughout the city. The epitome of the famous mantra: “Keep Calm and Carry On”. Ms. Winspear continues to create atmospheric and intriguing mysteries in this well-researched and absorbing series. This novel will appeal to historical fiction fans as well as fans of mysteries and history buffs. Thank you to edelweiss and Harper for the eARC.
AlexBaugh More than 1 year ago
Maisie learns that journalist Catherine Saxon has been murdered and Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard wants Maisie to be part of the investigation to find out who killed her and why, along with Mark Scott, an American agent attached to the Department of Justice. And yes, if you've been keeping up with Maisie, this is the same Mark Scott with whom she worked and had a bit of a flirtation in Journey to Munich (Maisie Dobbs #12). The investigation of Catherine Saxon's murder is complicated by a number of things. For one, her father is a wealthy isolationist American senator with whom she never got along and who has cut her off completely for not doing what he wanted her to do - be a wife in an advantageous marriage. And Mark Scott, for all his flirtiness, doesn't really seem interested in solving Catherine Saxon's murder, disappearing and showing up at odd times so that Maisie is left to wonder what he's up to. And, of course, Maisie is still in the midst of trying to adopt her orphaned evacuee Anna, which she would much rather focus on. Anna is still living with Maisie's father and step mother at Chelstone, the family farm, and having meltdowns whenever Maisie needs to return to London. And as if these things aren't bad enough, one night while driving their ambulance, Priscilla is very seriously burned while rescuing some children in a bombed house. Maisie has a lot of personal stuff to contend with in this novel, but luckily, for all his disappearing during the Catherine Saxon investigation, Mark always reappears just when Maisie needs him to. Could it be that these two are ready to take their previous flirtation to another level? But why can't she discover anything about him? Is he somehow up to no good? What's his connection to Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, also an isolationist and Nazi appeaser? And will her job as an investigator jeopardize her chances of adopting Anna? As Maisie interviews the women in Catherine's life, including her best friend Jennifer Barrington and her husband, is she beginning to look at her own life differently? Looking at these questions, you can see that this is an intriguing book, and a more personal and introspective one than the last few Maisie Dobbs' novels I've reviewed. In addition, Jacqueline Winspear has really captured just what London was like during the Blitz, with fires all around, lives and homes lost, the smell of fires burning everywhere, buildings sandbagged and barb wired, barrage balloons in the air and "where tension was threaded into the fabric of life" but where "people prided themselves on their ability to carry on as normal." There's even a bit of humor. Whenever the V-formation of Luftwaffe bombers fly over Chelstone, next-door neighbor Mr. Avis "could be seen shaking his fist and shouting at the sky, before aiming his rifle towards the bombers," a gesture nicely summed up by Mark Scott "You know, you've gotta love you Brits." Winspear includes a Prologue that consists of reports by journalists about London in the days just before and after the Blitz begins on the night of September 7, 1940. This nicely sets the stage for the rest of the novel and the inclusion of Edward Murrow and other journalists reporting to Americans about the Blitz, as well as different isolationist politicians, will certainly resonate with today's readers. In the end, you will be surprised at 'who done it' and why. I know I was. The American Agent is definitely my favorite Maisie Dobbs so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago