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  • 322 pages
  • A Lesson in Secrets
  • Jacqueline Winspear
  • English
  • 07 July 2019

10 thoughts on “A Lesson in Secrets

  1. says:

    Number eight in the Maisie Dobbs series.I think I liked this one the best in the series so far I really enjoy all the historical facts about England in the period between the two World Wars and I love following Maisie to places in London and its surrounds which I know quite well.The mystery was handled well and I did not guess the culprit until quite late in the piece Maisie herself is in a good place her assistance being sought by a certain Government agency shows she is well regar...

  2. says:

    Rating Clarification 2.5 StarsDisappointing installment in the Maisie Dobbs series Certainly, this one had the potential to be a real turning point in the series, as Maisie and Great Britain in general move further away from the Great War and now feel the first ominous rumblings of Hitler s rise to power.I had begun to enjoy these books again after the last two in the series Among the Mad and The Mapping of Love and Death , both of which were extremely entertaining reads and developed Maisie and Billy s characters very nicely Somehow, this offering left me feeling like the series has taken 2 steps back regarding character arc I didn t really get a good sense that Maisie or Billy had advanced since the monumental changes in the last book Something was off IMO, Winspear just phoned this in, and it didn t have the same feel as I ve encountered in her previous books Some of my concerns are addressed in the following spoiler, so read at your own risk view spoiler I simply Do Not buy into Maisie s romantic relationship with James Compton It s so stilted and vague that it took me a while to...

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    Jacqueline Winspear fans won t need any prodding to read her latest Maisie Dobbs mystery, A Lesson in Secrets The rest of you should be ashamed of yourselves This is her eighth book in the series, and by now you should have been gobbling up these first rate novels set in the years following World War I Maisie s character makes for uncommonly good reading Winspear avoids all the simplistic, predictable versions of independent female sleuth that have proliferated over the years She has described how, in her childhood, she observed her grandfather who was gassed and wounded with shrapnel in the Great War and her grandmother who was injured in a munitions factory explosion She had questions that got only partial answers this was not the generation to talk about their war experiences She noticed the remarkable women in her neighborhood who had built lives without husbands or children because so many of the men in their generation had been killed Maisie Dobbs appears to have had a long, sensitive birthing in Winspear s fertile imagination, although she describes first seeing Maisie almost fully understood in a flash while driving one day, which she calls her moment of writer s grace All her characters, not only Miss Dobbs herself, will reach into you in ways that go well beyond the usual mystery novel.In A Lesson in Secrets, Maisie takes a new direction professionally, working undercover for the Secret Service As her mentor Maurice ...

  4. says:

    I love the Maisie Dobbs series and I looked forward to this newest installment Maisie is recruited by the British intelligence to go undercover as a philosophy lecturer at a peace college at Cambridge It s 1932 and there is a growing fascination with Hitler s rhetoric Maisie s brief is to find out whether any of the peace activities are damaging to the Crown On the home front, Billy s wife is expecting a fourth child, James Compton seems to be less than truthful, and Sandra, a former Compton servant has been arrested for breaking and entering.One of the appeals of these novels for me has been Maisie s studied, reflective manner Another appeal has been the way the author manages to evoke the time period in which the novel is set For some reason, this novel seemed to plod much too slowly for me I kept waiting for the story to happen In some ways I felt this book was a place keeper something to mark the inexorable march towards war, but not go too ...

  5. says:

    A Lesson In Secrets is the eighth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British born American author, Jacqueline Winspear After being somewhat ineptly followed for some ten days, psychologist and investigator, Maisie Dobbs finds herself recruited into the Secret Intelligence Service by Brian Huntley as was hinted by her late mentor during his last days , to work a job in conjunction with Robbie MacFarlane of Scotland Yard Special Branch Having signed the Official Secrets Act, she is to pose as a psychology lecturer at The College of St Francis whilst observing for activities that are not in the interest of the Crown But when she has been there only a week, the Principal of the College, Greville Liddicote, a staunch pacifist, is murdered And a little research reveals quite a few possible suspects.While Maisie is away, Billy Beale manages the Investigations business, although he is to some degree distracted by the impending birth of his fourth child Luckily Maisie is able to convince her reluctant employee to become her tenant in a new cottage in which she invests some of her newfound wealth A former flatmate comes to Maisie in distress recently widowed, and with some doubt about the accidental nature of her husband s death, Sandra accepts a job but remains ...

  6. says:

    Another excellent addition to the Maisie Dobbs series I really enjoy this series and this one had me guessing from the very beginning And just when I thought I had it all figured out, I was TOTALLY wrong WOW I love it when that happens There was one thing I was right about and I am unsure of how Maisie didn t see this and truly rolled my eyes at the reveal of the mystery as she is much smarter than that it was the only part of the book that rang untrue It was interesting to see how much the secret service was dismissing fascism and the approaching rise of Adolph Hitler Maisie can see just how dangerous this all is and it was very frustrating to see just how she and her fears about the rise of fascism is dismissed and thought of as ridiculous As these are Historical Fiction and therefore researched, you have to know that there were people who dismissed the ins...

  7. says:

    A Lesson in Secrets is the eighth book in a series but the first for me so reading it already felt like uncovering a bit of a secret The protagonist, Maisie Dobbs a highly insightful, but cagey detective who rarely let s her friends or her audience know exactly what s on her mind She s a likable character who with a rich past though it often felt like much of that past was re told from the earlier seven novels But the secrets go deeper than the main character This is a mystery story with murder and conspiracy and nazis But the author pulls a bit of a switcheroo the murder itself is fairly bland and the way the case is solved is arbitrary with some obvious red herrings The real mystery ends up being the life the victim a university president and anti war activist which is revealed slowly over the course of the novel and builds to a worthy emotional climax This is also a novel that on the surface is about war and philosophy and intellectual debate Maisie poses as a philoso...

  8. says:

    I m not sure how or when I first discovered the Maise Dobbs series I think I happened upon the first book, Maisie Dobbs, at the library Intrigued by the setting England between the wars I picked it up and immediately liked the character It was an interesting mystery novel in that a large portion of it was a flashback to the character s past I can t even remember her first case, truth be told It was Maisie and her personal story that kept me interested Since then, I have waited anxiously for the release of each book Fans of the series are blessed that Winspear seems consistently capable of publishing a book per year Each year, I read the book immediately and am always a bit let down at the end because I know that there is another year to wait for the next chapter in Maisie s story.Maisie s story that is what keeps me coming back While I enjoy the mysteries and am especially pleased that each mystery reveals a bit of British history as it relates to World War I most often events in the War that show the Crown and people in power in a less than favorable light I do feel this aspect of the era is tapped out At this point in the series it is fall 1932, 14 years since the Armistice, and that people are still holding on to the grudges and ills of the past seems of storytelling crutch than a necessity Maisie says, at least once a book, that she was a nurse in the war Her frie...

  9. says:

    3.5 stars

  10. says:

    2.75 starsI failed to like this book in the Maisie Dobbs series I was disappointed I think I see a pattern in Winspear s writing that I don t care for It appears that her method of deepening or darkening a mystery is to add characters Characters that give absolutely nothing to the story being read If this is her way of covertly masquerading the mystery in her storyline, I am saddened There was one thing that did surprise me in book It stated that Mais...

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A Lesson in SecretsReading A Lesson In Secrets Author Jacqueline Winspear Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Exclusive Lee Child Interviews Jacqueline Winspear Jacqueline Winspear, Like Her Interviewer, The Iconic, Bestselling Author Lee Child, Originally Hails From The United Kingdom A Lesson In Secrets Is Her Eighth Novel Featuring Psychologist Investigator And Former WW1 Nurse, Maisie Dobbs Here She Talks With Child About Her Work On The Series, And Her Enduring Interest In The Aftermath Of WW1 Lee Child People Are Often Surprised That I M A Huge Maisie Dobbs Fan, Because Jack Reacher Is All About A Kind Of Spartan American Masculinity, And Maisie Dobbs Is All About A Kind Of Feminine English Refinement But They Re Both Strong, Unconventional People Perhaps That S The Cross Genre Appeal Do You Find That Maisie Attracts An Unusual Mix Of Readers Jacqueline Winspear I M Thrilled You Re Such A Maisie Dobbs Fan And You Can Count Me Among Those Millions Of Jack Reacher Fans Maisie And Reacher Are Both Unconventional, But I Believe Another Factor In Their Cross Genre Appeal Is That Both Have Endured Life Changing Challenges Maisie Attracts Diverse Readers Men And Women, All Age Groups, Veterans, Nurses, College Students, People Who Have Faced Troubles, And People Interested In The Era LC And In Fact Your Novels Are Driven By Violence Far Worse Than Mine Off The Page, Granted, But There S No Getting Around The Fact That At The Heart Of Your Books Is The Aftermath Of A Horrendous War, With Its Attendant Violence And Death How Do You See The Role Of Violence In Your Novels JW I Think You Hit The Theme There With Aftermath The Violence In My Books Is That Searing, Painful Residue Left By The Passing Of A Terrible Time, When People Were Also Crushed Emotionally By The Deep Losses Over A Four Year Period In Addition, There S That Element Of Violence That Lingers In Among The Mad, For Example When War S Tentacles Will Not Let Go We See That Again Today In The Stories Of Veterans Who Are Still Fighting Their Wars, But The Conflict Is Raging Inside Them LC As A Kid In England I Remember Seeing Hundreds Of Maimed Old Men, And Hundreds Of Lonely Old Women My Grandfather Was An Example Of The First, And Two Great Aunts Examples Of The Second Sad Reminders Of A Terrible Time Was It Something Similar That Drew You To The First World War And The Between The Wars Era That Followed JW I Have The Same Memories My Grandfather Was Wounded At The Battle Of The Somme, And My Grandmother Was Partially Blinded At The Woolwich Arsenal, In An Explosion That Wounded Her Sister And Killed Several Girls Working Alongside Her There Were The Elderly Spinsters In My Neighborhood, And For Each There Was That Old Sepia Photograph On The Mantelpiece, Of A Sweetheart Or Brother Lost To War Those Childhood Memories Led Me To Think A Lot About What Happens After War Is Done As A Character Says In Birds Of A Feather, That S The Trouble With War It Lives On Inside The Living LC I Was Introduced To Maisie Dobbs By My Wife, Who Passed Through An Airport And Picked Up The First In The Series She Loved It, And Urged Me To Read It, And I M Glad I Did It S One Of The Very, Very Few Series We Both Love Equally In Fact, Perhaps The Only One Is This Typical Of Your Readers JW I Receive So Many Emails From Fans Who Tell Me That The Books Are Read By All Members Of The Family And Many Women Tell Me That It Was Their Husband Who First Discovered Maisie The Books Are As Accessible To Readers Aged About Fourteen As They Are To Seniors There Are Few Things Today That All Age Groups Within A Family Can Engage In, Discuss And Get Excited About, So It S Lovely When I Hear That Family Members Are Awaiting The Next Book So They Can All Read It LC Maisie Is Definitively Feminine, But She S Running A Business, And Poking Around In A Man S World, Which Is True To The Times, And Indicative Of The Early Stages Of Feminism In The West Was That Something You Wanted To Explore JW It Would Have Been Difficult To Introduce A Character Such As Maisie And Not Explore The Fact That The Great War Left So Many Women To Forge A Life Alone If There Was One Thing I Wanted To Do, It Was To Bring The Spirit Of That Generation To The Character Of Maisie Dobbs Of Course, Some Women Floundered And Lived Lonely Lives, But There Were A Great Many Who Blazed A Trail I Believe An Archetype Was Born At That Time The Stoic British Woman Who Is Independent And Than A Little Opinionated, With A Heart Of Gold Under A Tough Exterior, And Who Knows What It Is To Endure Dame Maggie Smith Has Played That Character In Several Films LC Maisie Understands Human Psychology In A Way That Seems To Be An Early And Experimental Pre Echo Of What We D Now Call Criminal Profiling It S A Huge Part Of Both Her Process And Her Appeal Where Did That Come From JW That Developed In A Very Organic Way Having Established Her As A Sensitive, I Wanted To Give Her Real Expertise And There Are Historical Underpinnings To This Aspect Of Her Character Maisie Studied The Moral Sciences Curriculum At Girton College When Psychology Was In Its Infancy I Have The Prospectus From 1913, And About One Third Of The Course Was The Study Of Modern Psychology It Was A Time Of Great Experimentation, So Maisie S Processes Have Their Roots In Real Practices Considered Innovative At The Time LC One Of Your Decisions I Admire Is The Way You Have Moved The Series Forward In Time So Firmly Most Writers Would Have Continued Mining The Same Immediate Post War Seam Forever What Was Your Thinking Behind That And How Do You Keep The Character Fresh As The Series Itself Develops JW I Once Heard You Say At A Conference, The Reader Comes Back To A Series, Not To Find Out What The Sleuth Does With The Case, But What The Case Does To The Sleuth I Agree We Are All Impacted Not Only By Our Past, But By Our Current Circumstances And Those Around Us You Always Put Reacher In A New Area, Be It Small Town Or Big City And Through His Wandering We Learn A Lot About Him I Work With The Geography Of Time Not Everyone Likes Change And Many Readers Would Like Maisie Dobbs To Stay As She Is In A Given Book But Life S Not Like That The Goalposts Tend To Move When We Are At Our Most Comfortable, And I Want To Keep The Series Fresh LC I M Often Asked If I Have A Favorite Book Within My Series, So Now I M Turning The Tables Do You Have Favorites Among Your Novels JW That S Such A Difficult Question, Because Each Book Not Only Represents A Different Place On My Journey As A Writer, But Has Been Inspired By Something That Touched Me I Think Maisie Dobbs Will Always Be Very Tightly Held In My Affections, Because It Was My First Book And Was Written At A Difficult Time In My Life, When I Was Recovering From A Horrible Accident The Other Choice Would Be The Mapping Of Love And Death, Because It Was Inspired By The True Story Of A Soldier Whose Remains Lay Under Belgian Soil For Some 90 Years Until Unearthed By A Farmer I Learned About Him When I Became Involved In The Quest To Discover His Origins When I Look At That Book, I Think Of A Young Man Lost To War Who Was Never Identified And Who Was Eventually Laid To Rest As A Soldier Of The Great War, Known Unto God I Ache For The Parents Who Never Knew Where Their Son Died, For He Had Probably Been Listed As Missing, Presumed Dead