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)

  • Claudia Silk
    These books are my guilty pleasure! Found this very interesting because it included a Dunkirk story.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Debbie
    "To Die But Once" is a historical mystery set in London in late May of 1940. This is the 14th book in the series and spoils many previous events (though not mysteries) if you have not read those books.The author wove information about World War II problems and events into the investigation, like the effort to rescue the soldiers stranded on the French beaches, spies, war profiteering, and secrets about the war that people kept blabbing. It annoye...
  • Ann
    I adore the Maisie Dobbs series and it's hard to believe we are reading book 14 and in the midst of World War II. I freely admit I'm not a big historical fiction reader but when I picked up the first Maisie Dobbs book I was hooked. I learned so much about social structure of England in the early 1900's and the heinous war tactics and gases of World War I. This latest book has Maisie and Bill hunting for a murderer and German spy in their local co...
  • 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 ...
  • Terry
    I was lucky enough to win this book through a giveaway. Thank you to Harper Collins. Maisie Dobbs is one of my favorite detective characters in historical fiction. She is a smart, strong woman who owns her own detective agency in London after WWI. She refers to herself as a psychologist and a detective. This story is #14 in the series, so we are now up to WWII (1929 is where we started). The detective work is gathered subtly and smartly. This ser...
  • 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.
  • Barbara Fraley
    Maisie dobbs is an investigator who is not on the best terms with Scotland yard. she is asked to look into the disappearance of a young man and finds conflicting reports, connections to the underworld and it connects with the family. this is during the evacuation of Dunkirk and depicts life in 1940 as the war looming over London. this is well written, but not suspenseful, an easy read - enjoy
  • Kathleen
    ARC of the latest Maisie Dobbs thriller. Such a pleasing series, solid, intelligent, still can surprise. This one is at the beginnings of WW2, Dunkirk, friends' children being called up, spies, potential for invasion...The author has done a fine job spanning the era between the WWs.
  • Gretchen
    enjoyed all of the maisie hobbs series
  • Nina
    I won this book from Goodreads! It is a gripping novel with a feisty heroine and interesting characters. The plot is a good one.