A Dangerous Place

A Dangerous Place

A Novel

Large Print - 2015 | 1st HarperLuxe ed.
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"A brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gilbraltar leads Maisie into a web of lies, deceit, and peril"--www.bookmanager.com.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2015.
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed.
ISBN: 9780062370358
Characteristics: 425 pages (large print)


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May 20, 2020

I turned this book in at the drop off box yesterday along with the other Jacqueline Winspear book that I had checked out.

Feb 21, 2020

Maisie Dobbs is reluctantly on her way home from India and decides to jump ship at Gibraltar. She quickly stumbles on a dead body and decides to investigate.

Suddenly and horribly widowed, pregnant Maisie (Lady Compton) loses her husband and her unborn child. She has not recovered, but is dutifully moving toward family and friends back in England. She seizes upon the murder and wanders around asking questions and drinking a lot of "milky coffee." The action is excruciatingly slow, it seems that no one is who they seem to be, and the fighting in Spain overshadows it all.

I doubt I will ever read another Maisie Dobbs book. Although the ending is pretty decent.

Apr 01, 2019

This was my first Maisie Dobbs novel. I enjoyed it enough to read another.

May 20, 2018

I recently discovered Maisie Dobbs and am enjoying this series very much. Interesting twist on the classic British mystery.

Mar 17, 2018

A good Maisie Dobbs book. She is in Gibraltar in 1937 and is a year out from losing her husband and pregnancy/baby when he chose to jump in a plane to test fly it and it crashed. She is devastated in so many ways and does not want to go home yet. She gets tracked down by Brian Huntley and ends up in the middle of murder but also the Spanish Civil War. She ends up (after solving all the mysteries) joining another woman in the hills to tend to the wounded who find their way to the small monastery. Such an interesting picture of a place and time as well as the goodness of character that is Maisie.

Jan 30, 2018

Enjoying the Masie Dobbs series very much. It will be interesting to see how the author develops her life in upcoming books.

Mar 03, 2017

(from Goodreads review posted recently -- Goodreads name Joan, from Stratford):

The mystery itself moves painfully slowly this time, and the flashbacks at the beginning (where we learn that Maisie overcame all her misgivings about marrying James and briefly became exquisitely happy) feel to me like a cop-out. I suspect writing "happy Maisie" would have been incredibly strange territory for the author, so this was the solution.

That said, the post-trauma story is very well done, and for the first time ever I feel Maisie has begun to seem more like a character than a caricature.

May 24, 2016

When returning to England from India, while still recovering from the tragic deaths of her husband and miscarriage of their child, Maisie departs ship at Gibraltar, a place seething with danger and intrigue as the Spanish Civil War rages just across the border.
Almost at once Maisie is drawn into the mystery of a photographer's murder, one that will introduce her to some in the local Sephardic community and connections people may have to the fighting next door. Good historical mystery while carrying Maisie’s own story along.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Dec 13, 2015

I have to agree with other reviews of the latest Maisie Dobbs...we were cheated out of huge important chunks of our detective's life. I don't mind what's happened (I have to admit that I prefer the single Miss Dobbs to the married Lady Compton) but I do mind the strange choice to gloss over such rich material. Still, I will always love Maisie Dobbs and hope for a new and interesting service for her moving forward.

LPL_ShirleyB Oct 16, 2015

If you enjoy historical mysteries, I recommend you try this book! The heroine is resolute in a setting of world conflict in the 1930s. The first chapter quickly advances through several years and sets the mood. The core of the mystery begins with chapter 2 and an element of espionage. In spite of this being the 11th book in the Maisie Dobbs series, you need not begin with the 1st in the series.

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Jul 10, 2015

Maisie is trying to recover from the deaths of her husband and new born baby. She is coming back from India to England but can't face her family or England so she stops in Gibraltar. She finds the dead body of photographer Sebastian Babayoff. She doesn't believe the police that a robber did it. She finds his camera at the scene and realizes that he took a picture he shouldn't have. Amid the war in Spain, Maisie looks into the death with the help of people on both sides of the war. She meets two nurses who take her to a small village clinic which is run by a nun who is a teacher. This turns into her path of recovery with knowing she will return to England for Christmas.

SPL_Robyn Mar 31, 2015

When last we saw Maisie she had made the decision to leave England and everything she held most dear, and to travel to India. She left behind James, her beau who had proposed, with a promise she would let him know yes or no in a year’s time.

When we pick up Maisie’s story again, several years have passed, and we learn that while Maisie accepted James’ proposal, they did not live happily ever after. Trying to slay the demons of her past, Maisie embarks on more travel, finding her way to Gibraltar. She is not there a week when she literally stumbles over a body in the dark, and she once more takes up the mantle of detective psychologist, reasoning a little occupational therapy is what her mind and heart needs.

However Gibraltar in the years before WWII is a particularly hazardous place to be – many countries at cross-purposes have agents placed there, as Gibraltar - a tiny spit of land in southern Spain across the strait from Tangier – in 1937 is controlled by the British, and is the key to controlling the entrance to the Mediterranean. Fascists, Nazis, Communists, Allies – they all have a stake in Gibraltar, and Maisie’s investigation proves to have deeper, more complex roots than that of an apparent random murder in the city’s streets.

With spies from numerous nations looking over her shoulder and with opposing viewpoints muddling her convictions, Maisie will not be satisfied until she has answers for the victim’s families, but at what cost to her soul? Steeped in history of a relatively unexamined part of World War II, Jacqueline Winspear’s thoughtful characters and plotting make for a very reflective type of mystery, one that makes her audience seek out more knowledge about her subjects, just as her main character does.


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Aug 01, 2015

Maisie felt the anger emanating from Vallejo. The dragon is alive inside him. And if I allow it, he will bring me down further. P 116

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