The American Agent

The American Agent

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Large Print - 2019
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Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, "one of the great fictional heroines" (Parade), investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival. When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice--Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler's Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon's death. As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend--and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition., Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062888037
006288803X
Characteristics: 493 pages ; 23 cm.
large print,16 point

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betsymarzoni
May 24, 2019

Best Maisie Dobbs book so far. She becomes more "human", less robotic with each book. Loved this story.

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cknightkc
May 05, 2019

THE AMERICAN AGENT is the 15th installment in this engaging historical/mystery series featuring British psychologist and sleuth, Maisie Dobbs. It’s September 1940 and Londoners find themselves in the middle of the German Blitz. America has not yet entered WWII. Maisie uses her skills as a former nurse to navigate the dangerous night-time city streets as a volunteer in the Auxiliary Ambulance Service while by day she investigates the murder of an American correspondent. Author Jacqueline Winspear once again does a beautiful job of interweaving references to real people and events within the storyline. Her writing gives the reader a real sense of time and place while incorporating themes (journalism’s role and American isolationism) that are equally relevant in today’s world. But it is the humanity and resiliency of the series’ characters, many of whom over time have come to seem like old friends, that keep drawing me back for more. I encourage you to read the Author’s Note at the end, particularly Winspear’s touching explanation of the book’s dedication. If you are a newcomer to this series, I highly recommend reading the books in order from the beginning.

Katherine_A Apr 25, 2019

I received an advanced copy of The American Agent from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. If you are a fan of Maisie Dobbs, her newest book in the series is not to be missed. I felt like the characters were well developed, as always. I love Jacqueline Winspears writing style. The complexity of the case Maisie is involved in was interesting although set against a horrific time in London during the Blitz. The prospect of a romance for Maisie was also a nice addition. Thirteen books into the series and Maisie continues to be a strong character and role model.

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jenniferrabbit
Apr 25, 2019

A good read with an interesting depiction of London during the Blitz, and other historical snapshots (I didn't know Joseph Kennedy, our ambassador to England at this time (and JFK's father) ) was an isolationist and a Nazi sympathizer.) Taken as a whole this was not my favorite Maisie, I felt the characterization was not as strong and the plot a rather scattered presentation. I didn't always have a clear grasp of the characters other than Maisie's family and Billy.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Apr 25, 2019

The past 4 Maisie Dobbs books have been rough going, emotionally speaking (actually, I sometimes feel like a masochist for reading this series because terrible! things! always! happen!), but this was a breath of fresh air. Do I still wish Maisie had more of a sense of humor? (Or, like, ANY sense of humor?) 100% yes. However, I thought this particular mystery was really, really gripping and clever, and there were cheerful developments in Maisie's personal life, which also made for a very nice change. I'm feeling more optimistic about the future of this series than I have in a few installments!

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maipenrai
Apr 25, 2019

Always love Maisie Dobbs - excellent mysteries - great characters!! Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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maipenrai
Apr 06, 2019

Always love Maisie Dobbs - excellent mysteries - great characters!! Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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