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A Lesson in Secrets

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Author Jacqueline Winspear
Rights UK & Comm ex Can
ISBN 9780749040048
Pages 384
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In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs’s 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 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 is directed to 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.

As the storm clouds of World War II gather on the horizon, Maisie must overcome a reluctant Secret Service, discover shameful hidden truths about Britain’s conduct during the Great War, and face off against the rising powers of the Nazi Party. 

What The Critics Said

'it is a good, gentle read which the many fans of Jacqueline Winspear's stories will enjoy.'

Angela Youngman

'A LESSON IN SECRETS is another wonderful read featuring this interesting character. The setting of the early 1930s, the rise of fascism and the way this was viewed by government is fascinating...Recommended as a good read – a real treat.'


'Superb new Maisie Dobbs caper...captures the mood of the early 1930s perfectly and was a joy to read.'


'This character development in the series is quite amazing...Maisie emerges as a complicated woman in this novel, and there is a strong romantic subplot to the main investigation of subversive behaviour on campus...There are many red herrings but Winspear develops the foils much more realistically than Agatha Christie ever could have.'

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