To Die but Once

To Die but Once

Book - 2018
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Maisie Dobbs--one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction (Richmond Times Dispatch)--faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II.

During the months following Britain's declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever.

Maisie's investigation leads her from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime opportunism exploited by one of the London underworld's most powerful men, in a case that serves as a reminder of the inextricable link between money and war. Yet when a final confrontation approaches, she must acknowledge the potential cost to her future--and the risk of destroying a dream she wants very much to become reality.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2018
ISBN: 9780062436634
Characteristics: 325 pages


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 16, 2019

This series is... well, it is still too darn sad for me, but this at least felt a bit like a lightening of the dark hole of grief that Maisie has existed in for... three books now? Is it three? I lose track. In any case, I felt positive about developments on the interpersonal front, and I thought the mystery was solid. These books bum me out more than I like my escapist historical mystery to do, generally, but I feel like I'm locked in a very emotionally turbulent marriage with them and am never going to quit, so: as always, I can't wait for the next book.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

Another excellent entry in the MAISIE DOBBS series. I have been wondering how Winspear would handle the introduction of the second World War, and how it would impact our main characters, all of whom were touched by the First in significant ways. In TO DIE BUT ONCE, we have this introduction, and it's both quite personal and part of the larger history, with a plot point hinging on Dunkirk.

It is essential to have read prior books in the series before this one, as many characters from throughout the series make appearances. The mystery Maisie is looking to solve is not the prominent story, and I wonder if we might be coming to the end of the series, as things feel as though they are being tied up slowly and in a satisfying way. After all, it's not likely we readers will stand for the second generation of characters -- Priscilla and Billy's boys among them -- to die in battle.

Jun 19, 2018

Oh, Maisy Dobbs, helps Scotland Yard fight corruption in military contracts as she solves the mystery of the death of a neighbor’s son. Of course, there’s a lot more to the story than that. As in many series, its advisable to have read the other books for much of the story line depends on character development.

Apr 07, 2018

I am continuing to enjoy this series, the charaters and plot twists, of which there are several in this one. As you get to know Maisie and her friends, she grows on you. Better to read this and "Pardonable Lies" and then go back and read "Maisie Dobbs" to get her background before the war. Interesting especially to WWI history buffs.

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