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, Historical Mystery, European Literature, British Literature

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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Linda
    England, Spring, 1940--a young man Maisie knows from London is missing, and his father comes to her for help. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg: dangerous chemicals, the Bank of England, the encroaching War, and mobsters will all have to be dealt with before the matter concludes. A meticulously researched and exciting plot and with wonderfully-drawn characters make this an excellent addition to this series; Winspear, always a superb ...
  • Tommy Faris
    I have enjoyed most of the Maisie Dobbs novels a great deal, and this is another strong entry in the series. A young man dies and his parents want to know how and why. Maisie’s investigation takes her in unexpected directions, and everyone is somewhat distracted by the unfolding drama of Dunkirk. A terrifically entertaining story, including a wealth of historical detail.
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    It's May 1940 and, while Britain is at war with Germany, nothing much has happened so far on the home front, except lots of talk about the possibility of England being invaded, and continued preparations for the war. But now that the so-called phony war has ended, things are heating up.For 15 year-old Joe Coombes, already an apprentice for Yates and Sons, painters and decorators, it now means a job painting the buildings at every RAF airfield in ...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityIn the earlier books in this series, Maisie reminded me a lot of Bess Crawford, from Charles Todd’s series, or even Mary Russell from Laurie R. King’s Holmes/Russell series. Bess, Mary and Maisie are all contemporaries, and had similar experiences.But Maisie’s series has moved on, from World War I through the between-the-wars period and now she has reached World War II. And now Maisie, 20 years older a...
  • Bonnie
    Jacqueline Winspear has written fifteen Maisie Dobbs novels and I have read most of them. Obviously, she is one of my favorite authors. Her latest is To Die But Once and takes place in the Spring of 1940. Britain has declared war on Germany, but as far as the population is concerned, nothing is much different. Despite the sandbagging of underground stations and public buildings, constant reminders to wear gas masks at all times and the barrage ba...
  • Sonia Schoenfield
    Oh, how I love Maisie Dobbs! Although I've been less than enthused about some of Winspear's recent Maisie Dobbs books, this one did not disappoint in any way. All the elements of a good Maisie Dobbs book are here: a good mystery, characters we love (Billy, Priscilla, Frankie and Brenda, and Lord Julian and Lady Rowan, as well as younger ones like Anna and Priscilla's boys), a connection to world events (Dunkirk) and familiar settings like London ...
  • Rosemary
    While the Second World War moves ever closer to Great Britain, Maisie is confronted by a suspicious death of a young man who was working as a painter of RAF buildings. There continues the tension over her foster child, and there is even a close neighbour who has an unusual talent growing things. Priscilla has those three boys, now becoming men, who are ever creating nightmarish opportunities, all on the name of choosing the right thing. One might...
  • LInda L
    I was steered toward the Maisie Dobbs books by a librarian, and so far have not missed one of 14. I've liked them all, loved some, but this was by far the best of the bunch. I have some feelings about how Maisie was a nurse, then became a psychologist and an investigator, but after all, it's a novel. This latest book had several themes chasing around, but I don't care -- I loved it. I don't usually cry reading books, but the business about Dunkir...
  • Linda
    In the early days of World War II, Maisie is investigating the death of Joe Coombes, the young son of a pub owner and his wife, neighbors of Maisie near her office. Joe had been having bad headaches, possibly due to the fire retardant paint that he had been applying to airport buildings as part of a government contract. Maisie also has other worries – she is concerned for her co-worker Billy, whose oldest son is stranded at Dunkirk with the Bri...