Friday, March 30, 2018

To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear

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To Die but Once
by Jacqueline Winspear

ISBN-13: 9780062436634
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper
Released: March 27, 2018

Source: ARC review copy from the publisher through Amazon Vine.

Book Descriptiion from Goodreads:
Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as "the Bore War"—nothing much seems to have happened yet—Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract. As Maisie’s inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing son—but this time the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie

My Review:
To Die but Once is a historical mystery set in London in late May of 1940. This is the 14th book in the series and spoils many previous events (though not mysteries) if you have not read those books.

The author wove information about World War II problems and events into the investigation, like the effort to rescue the soldiers stranded on the French beaches, spies, war profiteering, and secrets about the war that people kept blabbing. It annoyed me that the heroine kept telling people she would keep secrets about what was going on, then she'd tell everyone she met about them. She was very observant, though, and was able to piece together what was going on and turn that information over to the police.

There was no sex. There was occasional use of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting and complex mystery to people interested in what was going on during World War II.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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