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Come along for the fun, come along for the thrill, and come along for the escapades of the cemetery kids as they haunt the Haunted House. Buy this Book Now. You were shipwrecked and given up for lost at sea. When finally, weeks into your search, an old woman hobbling about on a cane, points up a hill. Maisie Dobbs returns in a powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy: a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gilbraltar leads the investigator into a web of lies, deceit and danger Spring In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability—and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure.

Now, all she w Maisie Dobbs returns in a powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy: a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gilbraltar leads the investigator into a web of lies, deceit and danger Spring Now, all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father Frankie Dobbs is not getting any younger. Though she is on her own, Maisie is far from alone: the British garrison town is teeming with refugees fleeing a brutal civil war across the border in Spain.

Yet the danger is very real. At a crossroads between her past and her future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published March 17th by Harper first published March 15th More Details Original Title. Maisie Dobbs Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Dangerous Place , please sign up. I was so disappointed in this book.

A few things got left out? Like years in Maisie's life!! It could have been so much better if the character of Maisie had been developed and fleshed out a lot more. I felt the author rushed to write it and get it published and sold. DeAnn This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ I am with Karen, I didn't feel that way at all, I felt that this novel illuminated even more about Maisie's life and her internal thought processes.

Yes, we didn't get to experience her life with James, but she was only with him for a short time, and she wasn't really involved in any mysteries while she was with him, so that part of her life would have been boring to recount. And she never got to see her baby, so again, not much there to tell. I think this novel left us with a clear picture of where she's going now that her grief has subsided somewhat.

Hello, I have read all the books so far but I looked at the first chapter or two and saw that Maisie's life was not going on a pleasant track. I am behind in following up on this Can anyone tell me if they recommend just stopping with 10? Do you regret going on to 11? Elinor L Roush Very sad but still very good as she gets on. See all 10 questions about A Dangerous Place…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order.

Jan 30, Cathy Cole rated it liked it. Maisie isn't the only person at a crossroads. As concerns this series, I am, too. Longtime fans will probably be as stunned as I over the first few pages of A Dangerous Place. In a series of letters, Winspear deals with four momentous years in Maisie's life with what can only be described as brisk efficiency. I can understand her desire not to bog down the narrative, but since Maisie is already constantly harking back to time spent with her mentor or her service in World War I or her college day Maisie isn't the only person at a crossroads.

I can understand her desire not to bog down the narrative, but since Maisie is already constantly harking back to time spent with her mentor or her service in World War I or her college days or what her best friend would say to her, what's a little more time spent on telling readers about those four years? Winspear does her usual marvelous job in giving readers a real feel for the setting.

With the Spanish Civil War raging just over the border, with the build-up to World War II, Gibraltar's strategic position makes it extremely valuable to many countries, and it seems that they all have representatives in place, lurking around the corners of buildings and following Maisie wherever she goes. Bishop the owner of the guesthouse, and the dead man's sister among them. The more the story unfolds, the more it seems that no one is whom they first appear to be, and with the number of people spying on others it's a miracle they don't start tripping over each other. This is a presentiment of another problem I'm beginning to have with a series I've loved since its inception.

The closer to World War II the series becomes, the more the storylines are delving into the shadowy world of spies and double-dealing. I've never cared for spy novels, so I'm definitely not enjoying this foray into that world. But as a character told Maisie in a previous book, once those spy organizations get their hooks into you, they don't let you go.

I really don't want to see Maisie go down that road. Although the mystery is rather slow to unfold, it does pick up speed and becomes quite intriguing. I enjoyed watching Maisie solve a complex case, just as I enjoyed the author's depiction of Gibraltar at this very tumultuous time. I'm deeply invested in Winspear's character. Maisie's story has grown from being a rags-to-riches tale to something deeper and much more meaningful.

But for the past few books, Maisie has seemed to take two steps back to every three steps forward. Her experiences during World War I have left an indelible mark upon her of which she seems unwilling or unable to let go. With her constant musing on the past, I just can't quite see her as a successful spy in the next calamitous war to come.

I am at a crossroads, and I am actually wondering if I'll be continuing with this series-- something that would have been completely unthinkable in the past. View all 27 comments. Dec 09, Phrynne rated it really liked it Shelves: books. This was unexpected!!! The first part of this book was absolutely tragic- I had to blink away a few tears in order to see the book! I seem to have read a few series lately where the author deals with important issues between books.

William Kent Krueger does it for one. But Winspear does it here in spades - several years have disappeared and with them some incredibly sad events. Anyway I held myself together and read on, and of course Maisie found a dead body and all was normal from there on. Apar This was unexpected!!! Apart from her grief of course but that was a driver for the story line as well. There was some very interesting information about Gibraltar during the Spanish War and Maisie took up nursing again for a while. All good. I enjoyed the whole book and was not upset that the author took us and Maisie down this road.

I did not expect the series to continue if Maisie was happily married with children. Presumably the next book will take us back to England and family but who knows while Ms. Winspear is being so unpredictable! View all 6 comments. Mar 21, Betsy rated it it was amazing. This latest installment in the Maisie Dobbs series is as strong as any of them, and was very difficult to put down. Plot summaries are usually unnecessary filler on this site, and it would not be possible in any case here without spoilers.

Winspear's handling of personal grief and the complexities of war and politics is masterful, and remind us that there are usually quite a few more than two sides to a conflict, and that the real victims are always the civilians. View 1 comment. Aug 22, Heather Shaw rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I cannot begin to articulate how truly disappointed I am with this book. I have long been a fan of Maisie and yes she can be stubborn, bullheaded and, at times, childishly selfish, she's always been realistic.

That was part of the draw to her - she was relatable. This novel, however, takes all of her negative qualities and magnifies them times and it's almost too much to handle. Let's take a look at the first part of the book where we learn of the last few years. Really Ms. That is I cannot begin to articulate how truly disappointed I am with this book. That is the best you can come up with for Maisie? A dead husband and lost child? That's what you bring your readers after two years? Pathetic cop out. You spent the last two Maisie books dancing around the relationship of Maisie and James without truly diving into it then in a few short pages you share with your readers that "oh, btw, they married, moved to Canada, became pregnant and then lost James in a fiery crash and the baby too.

For someone who spends so much time and detail on locations and history, you failed yes I said "failed" to develop your characters relationship before dealing a devastating blow to them.

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This is just poor but I still trudged on especially after you responded to someone on Facebook by saying "but there is more to Maisie's story hoping for the best. Again, wrong. The mystery of this story was a convoluted, ill-thought-out mess. Were you just trying to satisfy a contractual obligation because that's the only thing that I could come up with for this sad excuse of a storyline. What happened to the magic of prior novels? What happened to the detail and twists and turns of prior books?

It is quite obvious your heart is not in this book at all. Now let's discuss Maisie. My god, for a woman who always puts family above everything, she was behaving like a spoiled brat in the book. Brooding over going back to England to see her aging father who in prior novels, she would do anything for? What is wrong with this?

And passing it all off as grief is incorrect but again who knows since we didn't get any character development from the last few years. I guess it could be plausible but coming at it after the last book which also was dancing around the annoying "world revolves around Maisie" concept , it's hard to swallow. Her desire to go back to her maiden name bothers me as does her rejection of any love or affection from those who care for her. Priscilla's letter to her was my exact sentiment. Maisie is infuriating. I think you should've stopped at the last book or written one from Maisie's time in India or Canada before making this incredibly ill-placed leap.

I am not sure I will continue this series as I am finding Maisie and the storyline insufferable. Winspear, I think you've jumped the shark with this book and should, perhaps, consider concluding the Maisie stories. I have rated this book with two stars rather than one because I have a love and respect for the other Maisie books and not because I find a shred of anything redeeming in this book.

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I would urge readers to please read with caution and not expect anything glittering here. It is not your standard Maisie Dobbs book. View all 11 comments. Mar 24, Loralee rated it it was ok. This just made me so, so sad. I have hung with Maisie through thick and thin and I really feel incredibly let down. Winspear has dragged her loyal fans through TEN books then skims over four crucial years of Maisie's life in flashback and in two pages.

So incredibly disappointing. THEN, we're supposed to feel Maisie's pain and sympathize with her new life when we weren't even given a glimpse of that life. All of a sudden we're supposed to mourn with her and feel connected to her sorrow?

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It Wow It just didn't happen for me. The rest of the story felt almost irrelevant. There should have been two or three books before this one covering all that missing time. Mar 15, Jill rated it it was ok. Oh, how I don't even want to write this!! I have loved this series since it started, and this book just made me so mad!!!

Can Maisie really never be happy? This wasn't a bad book, there just needed to be two or three more before this one happened!! I can't believe we didn't get a mystery in India, and then we didn't get something in Canada! Just not happy!!! Why invest in characters and their relationships just to have it all taken care of in a couple of letters?! Missed her visits with he Oh, how I don't even want to write this!! Missed her visits with her father and Billy!

View all 7 comments. Apr 09, Mary Shore rated it did not like it. A true disappointment. I have read all the Maisie Dobbs books and enjoyed them, both for the mystery they offer and the window they provide into class, war, British culture and history. This book offers almost nothing of a mystery it is finally "solved" pretty much entirely by an unlikely conversation between Maisie and a spy in which the spy tells her most of what happened , or of Maisie's skill in solving mysteries.

And the history--of the Spanish Civil War and its role as a dress rehearsal f A true disappointment. The most disappointing thing about the book, however, is that almost none of the supporting characters we love are in it. Billy is gone, except for one scene during which Maisie reminisces about what he would say. Maisie's family and her friends are all missing too. And, without offering too much of a spoiler, I must say that only so many horrible things can happen to Maisie until we just stop believing the author is narrating someone's real life: the things that happen are thinly veiled plot devices to make it possible for her to keep being a sleuth.

It is as if the author could not think of how Maisie could be happy and productive at the same time: what a failure of imagination!

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Mar 22, Jill Heather rated it did not like it Shelves: historical , mystery , dnf. I just don't care anymore. I don't care about Maisie and her tragedy, I don't care about the same history she's gone over again and again and finally got past so we add new tragedy but only ever talk about the old stuff. I don't care about her stupid eyes anymore, or how she is so understanding and wonderful and how could poor people not understand that she Understands Their Pain And Poverty and -- whatever. DNF, quitting the series. View 2 comments. Jan 05, Alexandra marked it as to-read-own-bottom-of-pile Shelves: murder-mystery , historical-mystery , own-on-audible , own-on-kindle , maisie-dobbs-series , unread-own-on-audible.

I didn't get very far with this before I quit. Warning: While this won't really be a spoiler for this book, as it pertains to the very start, it will be for those who haven't read up to this one in the series. I've completely enjoyed this series, up to now, but this book ticked me off. The previous book left us with Maise having to make a choice regarding her romance with James Compton.