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A Lesson in Secrets

A Lesson in Secrets

Написано Jacqueline Winspear

Озвучено Orlagh Cassidy


A Lesson in Secrets

Написано Jacqueline Winspear

Озвучено Orlagh Cassidy

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4/5 (70 оценки)
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10 hours
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Издано:
Mar 22, 2011
ISBN:
9780062072764
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Private investigator Maisie Dobbs receives her first assignment from the British Secret Service in A Lesson in Secrets, the eighth book in Jacqueline Winspear's award-winning mystery series. Sent to pose as a junior lecturer at a private college in Cambridge, she will monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government." When the college's pacifist founder is murdered, Maisie finds herself in the midst of sinister web of murder, scandal, and conspiracy, activities that point towards members of the ascendant Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei-the Nazi Party-on Britain's shores. An instant classic, and sure to captivate long-time Maisie Dobbs fans as well as readers of Agatha Christie, Elizabeth George, and Alexander McCall Smith, A Lesson in Secrets is "a powerful and complex novel, one that will linger in memory as a testament to her talent and her humanity" (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
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Mar 22, 2011
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Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes In This Grave Hour, Journey to Munich, A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, and eight other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

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  • (3/5)
    3.5. I have enjoyed all the books in this series. I recommend them!
  • (4/5)
    My Title: Don't always judge a book by its cover – but Maisie, I still want an MG14/40!

    I actually came across this paperback book in a charity shop! The cover art design grabbed my attention. I was intrigued after reading the storyline on the back cover – so I bought it!
    This story is set in the summer of 1932. Maisie Dobbs, a psychologist investigator and former World War 1 nurse, takes an exciting change in her career, after accepting an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service.

    Posing as a junior lecturer, Maisie is sent to a college in Cambridge to monitor any activities 'not in the interest of the Crown'. Fairly soon after taking up the assignment, the college's controversial pacifist founder and principal is murdered. Maisie soon discovers that the circumstances of his death appears to be linked to the suspicious comings and goings of faculty and students.

    Maisie is a likeable and interesting character. I liked the way she went about her business. I felt engaged with the book, although I have to say that I found the storyline a little slow, due mainly to the apparent complex nature of the investigation. I failed in my attempt to predict the murderer!

    There are several vulnerable characters in this story, and I liked the way Maisie showed her compassion and discretion, without affecting her role as a professional investigator. The story is extremely well written, but I would have liked a little more sense of drama, danger or suspense, at times!

    This is still an enjoyable read and my only decision now is – which novel to read next!
  • (3/5)
    Still interesting as Maisie goes undercover (sort of). She keeps being picked up in cars for chats, and she always "alights the car". "alights" does not take an object. Maybe I'm doing the author a disservice and it's the reader who is misreading?
  • (4/5)
    Maisie is beginning to adjust to the loss of Maurice Blanche, and to her new wealth, but her life is still in transition. As she is weighing her relationship with James Compton, and trying to convince her father to move from his cottage into the dower house, she is approached by Special Branch to take on a job rather different from her usual: On behalf of Special Branch and the Secret Service, she is asked to take a position as the junior lecturer in moral philosophy at the College of St. Francis in Cambridge, to look for any evidence of activity "not in the interest of the British Crown." The concerns of Special Branch and the Secret Service center around the pacifism and suspected leftist politics of the founder of the college and the senior staff.

    Almost as soon as she has settled into her new position, the founder and principal of the college, Greville Liddicote, is murdered. Maisie is told to leave the murder investigation to Special Branch, and concentrate on her own assignment, but of course it's not that simple. Investigating the staff of the college inevitably means uncovering information relevant to the murder.

    As Maisie makes her inquiries and gets to know the school and its people, she finds that Liddicote has a startling past, but not nearly so relevant to the Secret Service as they imagine. Meanwhile, with the First World War that has so dominated the series starting to fade into the past, rumblings of future troubles are making themselves felt, and Maisie finds the enthusiasm among some associated with the college for National Socialism and the rise of Adolph Hitler in Germany more disturbing than she can make her handlers understand.

    This is a quiet book, with disturbing overtones of what lies ahead, for Maisie, for her friends, and for England.

    Recommended.

    I borrowed this book from a friend.
  • (4/5)
    Anther great entry in the Maisie Hobbs series. This book has Maisie branching out and working for the secret service in addition to her own private investigation practice. This book also moves forward the history of the series and there is now a great deal of talk about the rise of the Nazi party in Germany and beyond. I loved the background stories and the actual murder mystery of this episode. Highly recommended series.
  • (4/5)
    Maisie is recruited by the secret service and goes undercover as a professor at a small college. Questions about peace and war are explored since this college has as its aim the achievement of world peace. Ms. Winspear sets the stage for the coming conflict of WWII by taking a look at Nazi party sympathizers in Britain.
  • (4/5)
    Maisie Dobbs is an independently wealthy young woman in 1930s London with a degree in psychology who works as an independent private investigator. In this book she is recruited by the English security services to work undercover at a Cambridge college looking for evidence of anti-government activity. She is quickly drawn into a murder investigation when the college principal is found dead in his office.Dobbs is a likeable character - intelligent, sensitive, supportive, kind - and displays believable skills in detection and deduction. Winspear writes about the period well and honestly and her supporting characters always feel fully rounded.Focused more on solving the mystery than on out-and-out action this is an absorbing and interesting book.
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyable as always.
  • (3/5)
    I've loved all of the Maisie Dobbs books up to this point but this one took me quite a while to get through. Still well-written but I think I prefer the books where Maisie and Billy work together in London instead of apart.
  • (5/5)
    Maisie is approached by the Secret Branch to work undercover at the university and report back anything that might be amiss. Her first few days on campus are turned upside down when the President of the university is murdered. Conflicted with trying to follow the orders of the Secret Branch, and to solve the murder with Scotland Yard, Maisie knows that her time is limited.

    Billy is holding down the fort at the office, when Sandra is arrested and then goes into hiding. Maisie is forced to leave the majority of the investigation into Sandra's disappearance.

    And where is James Compton? Maisie is conflicted and beginning to doubt their relationship because the stamp on the last letter indicated London and not Canada. Is there affair to be short lived?
  • (2/5)
    This is my least favorite in the series so far. It was boring, to be quite honest. The plot in a nutshell: Maisie drives back and forth from London. Repeat. Scotland Yard police hang around, inconceivably not bothered by the fact that the person who found the body just up and disappeared. They don't care that the haven't interviewed one of the major suspects? Entirely unbelievable. Predictable Sandra side story. Maisie drives around some more. The end.

    I kept looking for some meat in the plot, but sadly, it wasn't to be found. I hope the next book returns to Winspear's usual standards.
  • (4/5)
    Maisie begins working for the secret service in this one.
  • (5/5)
    I like the character development, rich imagery and the setting. The reader is very good for the book also.
  • (3/5)
    Too much war. Not so much fun to read anymore. Two more than full grown adults who can't decide what they want, seems far-fetched.
  • (5/5)
    I loved it. The plot was good and the characters were interesting. I am definitely going to read more of this series
  • (4/5)
    Masie is sent undercover to a ferret out the secrets of potential politically dangerous groups and a college that was founded on the precepts & belief of world peace.The founder, an author of a pacifist children's book, which has been censored by the British Government, is found murdered in his office, his neck snapped.His very efficient secretary disappears as does her personnel file.The few side stories were ok, but the underlying story of the murdered man was more interesting/ Maisie's back story was boring & I skimmed most of that.
  • (4/5)
    Maisie gets caught up in Secret Service stuff investigating a college in Cambridge and at the same time trying to work out what happened with Sandra, a girl she knew from service. Her work as a detective has become complicated by her mission and she's trying to do the best for herself and for others.When she agreed to work a college whose ostensible aims were peace the last thing she expected was to have to deal with the death of the head of the college, by violence. She uses her knowledge to help the investigation while still working on her mission to see if the college is working in the best interests of the country. You can see the rise of the Nazi party both in England and Germany being echoed here. Ominous rumblings.Maisie tries hard to please everyone, not sure that she's pleasing herself as often as she should. Her relationship with James Compton is also interesting to see and her doubts and worries are out there.I like this series, there are times when I want it to move faster but it's the Downton Abbey of Cosies.
  • (5/5)
    I have tried a Maisie Dobbs novel before, but really could not get into this. However, I loved A Lesson in Secrets. I think part of it had to do with the college setting. It was a wonderful blend of cozy, police procedural, and historical fiction.
  • (4/5)
    The British Secret Service enlist Maisie's unique talents in this installment sending her to teach at a college that stresses pacifism. Before she is even settled in the head of the college is found dead Maisie is forced to walk a tight line between assignment for the Secret Service and the murder investigation. Maisie is also juggling her relationships with her assistant Billy (trying to get him to accept help for his young family), Sandra (a former servant for the Comptons who has been widowed my murder), and her own relationship with James Compton. The interactions are cleverly woven throughout the story.I'm ready for the next one!
  • (4/5)
    Maisie Dobbs is an engaging character and, while this isn't the best I've read in this series, it is a solid and satisfying read. Maisie is asked to work undercover for the secret service at a college in Cambridge, attempting to ferret out any danger to the realm. While she is at it, she assists Scotland Yard in solving a murder or two and resolvs the personal problems of those around her much more satisfactorily than she is able to resolve her own. Fun.
  • (4/5)
    I was not as involved in this plot as with the earlier books. I had skipped a few in the series to borrow this one from the Philipsburgh library. Maybe that had an impact. However, I did appreciate learning about the rise of Naziism in London and how it proceeded. One can see war in the near future. I am eager to learn how it will affect Maisie. I was also interested to learn that she has fallen in love, that many Englishwomen during WWI participated in espionage activities, and that there were many pacifists among the British.
  • (2/5)
    This is my least favorite in the series so far. It was boring, to be quite honest. The plot in a nutshell: Maisie drives back and forth from London. Repeat. Scotland Yard police hang around, inconceivably not bothered by the fact that the person who found the body just up and disappeared. They don't care that the haven't interviewed one of the major suspects? Entirely unbelievable. Predictable Sandra side story. Maisie drives around some more. The end.

    I kept looking for some meat in the plot, but sadly, it wasn't to be found. I hope the next book returns to Winspear's usual standards.
  • (4/5)
    Maisie goes undercover at a college devoted to the precepts of Peace according to the Teachings of St Francis. She thoroughly enjoys the teaching and the students but is soon immersed in the violent undercurrents of Fascism that are rampant in the world prior to WW2. The college's founder is murdered and its investigation is declared out of bounds for Maisie. With barely a pause, dives into all the history and back stories unleashed by the murder.Always interesting with its connection with WW1, as the present characters take center stage; the black shadows of WW2 loom just over the horizon. Good read in an excellent series.
  • (4/5)
    Another great Maisie Dobbs mystery. If you like her, you'll like the book.
  • (4/5)
    2011, Harper Collins, Read by Orlagh CassidyPublisher’s Summary: from Audible.comIn the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities “not in the interests of His Majesty's government.” When the college's controversial pacifist founder and principal, Greville Liddicote, is murdered, Maisie must stand back as Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane and Detective Chief Inspector Richard Stratton spearhead the investigation. She soon discovers, however, that the circumstances of Liddicote's death appear inextricably linked to the suspicious comings and goings of faculty and students under her surveillance.My Review: Following the death of Maurice Blanche in the last novel, Maisie steps into her beloved mentor’s shoes with her first foray into working with the British Secret Service. And our girl rocks it! (not that there was ever any doubt that she would). Hindsight being what it is, it is clear to readers that the activities being investigated at Cambridge as concerns the rising powers of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei – the Nazi Party– in Britain – foreshadow the coming of WWII. There’s much to celebrate, too, in A Lesson in Secrets. Maisie, who was surprised in the previous novel to find herself caring for a certain gentleman – is now deeply in love. And Billie and Doreen Beale will announce wonderful news at the end of the novel. Full credit here to Winspear whose characters have become so endeared to me. Highly recommended!
  • (5/5)
    Another excellent Maisie Dobbs mystery. This time secrets of the realm. Concern over the rise of Hitler. Still seeing James but no wish to marry him. Maisie values her work more.
  • (4/5)
    Taking place in 1932 and underscoring Hitler's rising popularity among certain crowds throughout Great Britain and Europe, this is a fine addition to the Maisie Dobbs series, as full of nuance and twists and turns as the earlier novels.
  • (3/5)
    I dropped this down to a three because after the awesome of last book this wasn't as strong. The mystery was so so, the side story with British Intelligence was mostly to set up the next book, I think. Also there was this weird side story with James Compton that kinda went no where.
  • (4/5)
    In the eighth book in the Maisie Dobbs series, A Lesson in Secrets, Maisie is working for the Secret Service at a pacifist college in Cambridge. The Secret Service is particularly suspicious of what they see as the country’s biggest threat: communism, while basically ignoring the rise of fascism and Nazism.This is a solid entry in this series, and one with a slightly different perspective for Maisie. 4 stars
  • (4/5)
    This is a good read, but not as good as previous ones in the series. I'm looking forward to reading the next one and hope it is better.