To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs, #14) by Jacqueline Winspear

To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs, #14)

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.

Details To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs, #14)

TitleTo Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs, #14)
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Historical Mystery

Reviews To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs, #14)

  • Phrynne
    Book 14 in the series and set right in the middle of World War 2. The author writes very movingly about events surrounding Dunkirk and the threat of an invasion of Britain from the point of view of the people left behind who knew only what the censor allowed them to know. In the course of the book Maisie searches for the truth about a missing fifteen year old boy, helps put a major criminal behind bars and discovers a spy. In her personal life sh...
  • Stephanie
    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 befo...
  • Holly
    After I started this, I realized that I skipped the 13th book! How I missed that one last year is beyond me! I still love this series and I’m liking the way WWII is being introduced. Looking forward to more from Maisie Dobbs.
  • Jean
    I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. This is book fourteen in the Maisie Dobbs series. Maisie was a nurse in World War One; then trained to be a psychologist/investigator after the war. The story opens in May 1940. Great Britain is again at war with Germany. Maisie has been hired to investigate the disappearance of a fifteen-year-old boy, Joseph Combes. He is an apprentice painter working for a company that has a government contract to go about...
  • Deanna
    To my relief, this is still a solid, nearly fluff-free historical mystery series. It’s slow-moving and subtle in its flow of tension and drama. The main character is barely quirky in a refined, quiet way. I don’t wait anxiously for the next in the series but when I get to it I’m pleased to have had another visit. Please may this positive review not jinx the series into a series-killing what-happened-here disappointment. I’ve had a run of ...
  • Erikka
    I just love this series. These mysteries are so well crafted, the historical aspects are so authentic, and Maisie is such a beautifully developed character that I feel like you live in the book more than read it. Every Maisie Dobbs book is an experience, not just a book. The exploration of war profiteering, the challenges of adoption for single women in the 1940s, and the evacuation of Dunkirk were all particular high points of this adventure. I ...
  • Peggy
    Happily, I received an uncorrected proof of To Die but Once as a Goodreads Giveaway. Even better, I found it be an excellent entry in one of my very favorite series. Set in the spring of 1940, while the public slowly learns the news about British troops trapped in France, less noble acts than sailing to Dunkirk are taking place. War is full of tragedy, including on the home front, where greed and callousness have tragic consequences. There is a h...
  • Ann
    I love this series, the growth of Maisie's character is a draw and the variety of her cases. Set against the backdrop of war, WWI in the early books and now WWII, wartime in Great Britain, shadowed in the minds of the characters, adds to the depth. Maisie's character has faced much opposition throughout the series. As a child, facing economic and class challenges; in business as a female, and as a woman in a male dominated profession. Her intelli...
  • The Library Lady
    I like Maisie immensely more in this period of her life than I did in the earliest books, but there is a bit too much going on in the plot here. The central mystery gets buried in other plot lines and there is a final twist (not related to the central mystery) that brings in another plot line that doesn't really relate to the rest of the book. But it's a fascinating period in British history, and Winspear bases a lot of the plot on her own family...
  • Claudia Silk
    These books are my guilty pleasure! Found this very interesting because it included a Dunkirk story.
  • Kathy Davie
    Fourteenth in the Maisie Dobbs, private investigator–historical mystery series now at the start of World War II in England and revolving around Maisie and the people who surround her.My TakeI can't help but love Maisie Dobbs. Every time I read her story, I'm so impressed with her rise from her poor beginnings, simply because she wanted to learn and of her compassion for others. Yes, yes, I know this is fiction, but fiction can motivate us into ...
  • Beth
    This series is one of my top 5 favorites. This one didn’t disappoint. It was an especially edgy read this time because both Billy’s and Priscilla’s sons are in jeopardy against the background of the battle of Dunkirk. And especially edgy because, as we know to our sorrow, Winspear does not hesitate to kill off anyone, even beloved characters if it furthers her story. But, boy, this one was terrific and the historic detail is fascinating. I...
  • Kathryn
    Well, she did it again. The book is so well done; full of lots of history, new and old characters and of course Maisie. I'm trying to figure out how old she is now. In her 40s I think. It's just a great story and I shall miss her until the next book.
  • Charlene
    One of the best in the series and I've read them all, so far. It's spring, 1940. There's several stories running here; the mystery concerns the disappearance of Joe, the young painting apprentice? He's been working on a crew painting RAF buildings with a fire retardant that gives him headaches and seems to be causing a personality change. Then there's the WWII story . . . Maisie and friend Priscilla are training as rescue ambulance workers, there...
  • Mal Warwick
    In the spring of 1940, World War II had been underway in Europe for more than half a year, but the violence had yet to come home to England. Suddenly, on May 10, Hitler's legions rumbled across the borders of Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and, finally, France. The 300,000-man British Expeditionary Force had been deployed on the Continent to support the French Army. Now, it found itself steadily pushed into a tighter and tighter space along the c...
  • Lynn
    This series is a comfort to read. Even major drama and disaster are calmly presented. The Dunkirk evacuation is one of the main story lines in this book, but I did feel this book is just a prep for the real shit to hit the fan in the Battle of Britain.
  • Carol Douglas
    Jacqueline Winspear's books about England facing and recovering from its 20th century wars are always good, but this is one of the best. To Die but Once takes us to the early years after England's entry into World War II. British soldiers are fighting on the Continent. Hitler's forces are pinning them down. At home, a boy from Maisie Dobbs' neighborhood has gone to work for a defense contractor, painting military buildings with fire retardant. Th...
  • Kathy
    I have remained a fan of this series, now up to 14 entries, and find myself looking forward to World War II themes sure to follow in book 15 and beyond. Maisie is asked to find a son of a neighborhood pub family by the worried parents. Their son Joe was working as apprentice on a job of using fireproof paint to protect air bases in Kent and surrounds. Her investigation leads to discovery of his body, dead by suspicious circumstances. In typical M...
  • Charlie
    This books brings Maise into the start of WWII, with the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk playing a major role for some of the subsidiary characters. Overall, an excellent addition to the series, that left me very much wanting to read the next one. Overall, a solid 4 stars. I haven't tired of Maise yet, and there's less spiritualism as time goes on -- a good thing, IMNSHO. The influence of Maurice in the earlier books detracted from the solid d...
  • Tony Hisgett
    The main investigation in this book is quite low key and most of the drama centres around the Dunkirk evacuations. As usual Maisie accumulates masses of information, but in this case I didn’t think it all came together as smoothly as usual. It is probably my fault but I found it a bit ‘scrappy’. However, Maisie did work her magic and most of the questions were satisfactorily resolved. Finally I was pleased Anna was still with Maisie, but th...
  • Susan
    While the author deftly sets the scene in the early days of World War II, the many plot lines, events, and large cast of characters overwhelm the emotional impact of the story by constantly hurrying the reader along from storyline to storyline. Still a must read for anyone who enjoys this series and the continuing characters.
  • Wendy Hearder-moan
    While I enjoyed reading about the latest happenings in Maisie’s life, I felt that the plot was not as tightly drawn as in previous books in the series. As other reviewers have noted, the initial “mystery” seems to get lost among other plot lines. Even some of the characters are a bit faceless, including the main villain. As always, however, Winspear’s insights into the historical context were fascinating.
  • Bob
    Maisie is back. It is now the beginning of WWII and the Nazi armies are advancing on the Holand, Belgium and France and the British Isles are feeling threatened. Rationing is in effect, Maisie amd Priscilla have volunteered as Ambulance Drivers Maisie has taken on the investigation into the disappearance of the young son of a local Pub owner. The boy, and apprentice with a decorating firm who has been working on a hush hush contract painting airf...
  • Marilyn
    I've loved Maisie ever since I found her in the library reading her employer's books stealthily at night. Fortunately the employer was humane and saw potential in this lowly servant. She has gone on to many adventures as well as difficulties. This was a pretty normal installment. Lots going on, maybe a tad too much. But, Maisie is such a pragmatic and sensitive soul that it is fun to get inside her head and see how she problem solves and gets the...
  • Susan
    Just love this series and the narrator
  • Christine
    As a big Maisie Dobbs fan, I enjoy all the books in the series. But this may be one of the best. The Obamas are also big fans I've heard. I wonder what they thought of this one.
  • Kathleen Burns
    One of her best. This one is early WW11.
  • Chrysta
    Great addition to the Maisie Dobbs series! Loved how this book really got back to Maisie’s roots as a small business investigator. Where what seems to be an easy missing person case turns in to something much bigger than expected! Loved the tie ins to what’s going on during the first part of WWII. Love love love this series!!!
  • Paul
    I am so glad that I met Jacqueline Winspear at a "Friends of the San Francisco Library" event, back when she had just finished her 2nd Maisie Dobbs novel. She told the most charming story from her childhood bout why she wanted to be a writer, and it made me want to read her books - they have brought me great joy consistently.
  • Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    Every year that Jacqueline Winspear publishes a new Maisie Dobbs novel, I anxiously pre-order the Audible version as I have come to love Orlagh Cassidy’s narration so much, I can’t think of experiencing the character any other way. To Die But Once was a very entertaining addition to the series. I listened to it over the course of two days. The main mystery about the son of Maisie’s neighborhood acquaintances was interesting. I am actually e...