The American Agent

The American Agent

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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.

Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062436665
006243666X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY WINSPEAR
Characteristics: 365 pages ; 24 cm.

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Katherine_A Apr 25, 2019

I received an advanced copy of The American Agent from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. If you are a fan of Maisie Dobbs, her newest book in the series is not to be missed. I felt like the characters were well developed, as always. I love Jacqueline Winspears writing style. The complexity of the case Maisie is involved in was interesting although set against a horrific time in London during the Blitz. The prospect of a romance for Maisie was also a nice addition. Thirteen books into the series and Maisie continues to be a strong character and role model.

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jenniferrabbit
Apr 25, 2019

A good read with an interesting depiction of London during the Blitz, and other historical snapshots (I didn't know Joseph Kennedy, our ambassador to England at this time (and JFK's father) ) was an isolationist and a Nazi sympathizer.) Taken as a whole this was not my favorite Maisie, I felt the characterization was not as strong and the plot a rather scattered presentation. I didn't always have a clear grasp of the characters other than Maisie's family and Billy.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Apr 25, 2019

The past 4 Maisie Dobbs books have been rough going, emotionally speaking (actually, I sometimes feel like a masochist for reading this series because terrible! things! always! happen!), but this was a breath of fresh air. Do I still wish Maisie had more of a sense of humor? (Or, like, ANY sense of humor?) 100% yes. However, I thought this particular mystery was really, really gripping and clever, and there were cheerful developments in Maisie's personal life, which also made for a very nice change. I'm feeling more optimistic about the future of this series than I have in a few installments!

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maipenrai
Apr 06, 2019

Always love Maisie Dobbs - excellent mysteries - great characters!! Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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