Maisie Dobbs is back on the case

March 17, 2015 9:06 PM

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Certainly that holds true for psychologist-turned-sleuth Maisie Dobbs, the damaged and yet indomitable heroine of Jacqueline Winspear's mystery series set in Britain in the years between the two World Wars. Or at least that's where they were mostly set until A Dangerous Place (***1/2 out of four), which finds Maisie in Gibraltar — recovering, or perhaps hiding, from a personal tragedy that has left her cut off from all she knew and loved in England.

Winspear, however, is clearly interested in more than just a shift in scene. In this her 10th Maisie Dobbs novel, Winspear uses Maisie's shattered heart and eventual spiritual rebirth to reinvigorate her heroine while clearing away a number of plot strands that had threatened to fray.

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