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Working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler’s Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue—the twelfth novel in Jacqueline Winspear’s New York Times bestselling “series that seems to get better with each entry” (Wall Street Journal).It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morniWorking with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler’s Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue—the twelfth novel in Jacqueline Winspear’s New York Times bestselling “series that seems to get better with each entry” (Wall Street Journal).It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square—a place of many memories—she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man’s wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie—who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter—to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.The British government is not alone in its interest in Maisie’s travel plans. Her nemesis—the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death—has learned of her journey, and is also desperate for her help.Traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, Maisie encounters unexpected dangers—and finds herself questioning whether it’s time to return to the work she loved. But the Secret Service may have other ideas. . . ....

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Journey to Munich Reviews

  • Phrynne
    2019-03-15 05:50

    Our twelfth outing with Maisie Dobbs and I have to admit the author comes up with some amazing story lines! Formerly a Private Detective, Maisie is now working for the Secret Service to extract a prisoner from Dachau. She even learns how to fire a gun and uses it once to great effect. We have come a long way since the Maisie Dobbs of book one.There is a lot of nonsense in the book, for example the fact that the Secret service appears to be run by jovial father like figures who all fuss over Maisie like mother hens and that she was able to endanger the entire mission by wandering around Munich on her own business. But it's fiction and it was fun and I enjoyed it.I am pretty sure this is a series which needs to be read in order so that the reader develops an affection for Maisie and her friends. That's why I keep reading anyway and I hope some good things are lined up for her soon.

  • Jan Rice
    2019-03-08 02:46

    I was lucky to be the first to listen to this book on CDs from the library, so no scratches or smudges, no need to clean first. That was a treat, and the book was easy listening, as usual. But the problem plot device introduced into A Dangerous Place, the prior entry in the series, continued to interfere. For me the main point of these cross-over mysteries isn't the detective work so much as the genuineness of the character in her historical times. If the realness or legitimacy of the character is there, then, through the fiction, I can get something like a birds-eye view. If not, it's still enjoyable to read but doesn't come alive as earlier books in the series had done.What happened in the previous book is that the author married off Maisie to her Prince Charming, then got rid of the husband (and she lost the baby, too). The plot device served to explain a time gap while the author wrote a free-standing novel, and it also disposed of the spouse and baby so the protagonist could return to work. (This isn't a spoiler of the prior book, which filled in the protagonist's history on the book flap.) I thought that the author had gotten over the difficulty by integrating the turn of events into the story, but now the character doesn't seem to be for real. I don't think she would have quit work and turned to domesticity, not without conflict, anyway. The more the author has her remembering her idyllic happiness the falser she seems.I came across an article about TV shows that have been improving their diversity ratings but then tripping themselves up by killing off the character of an actor of color who left the show. So, killing off his or her character then feeds into the dominant role of the white actor, defeating the whole intent of the diversity. characters are genuine, then they aren't malleable like that.I think the author would have to have the character of Maisie Dobbs suffer over the possibility that the husband and baby were lost because she, Maisie, wasn't true to her destiny, her calling, so fate had to step in and get them out of the way--something like that, to make it real. Maisie is supposed to be a person whose functioning is based on being transparent and honest with herself, so given the interference from the plot device, her character isn't working for me. In this series, we've followed Maisie Dobbs from her birth in 1897 or 8 to the eve of WWII. I'd like to see more through her eyes, but maybe it's time to quit. This book had some of the trappings of being the last one but it won't happen.

  • Dav'neStahley
    2019-03-11 02:45

    I would prefer to give this book a 3.5; it's not a 4 but not a 3. Why on earth did Maisie write notes and her case map when she was in Munich? Why didn't the nazis search her hotel room? How did she manage to not be tailed by the SS, etc? Why didn't she go to Zurich with the others? A not entirely satisfying book.

  • Sharron
    2019-03-25 05:46

    The plot here is preposterous. Just too many coincidences to survive credibility. More disappointingly however is the fact that Maisie herself has become so utterly good, so truly perfect in every way that she has ceased to be even remotely believable or likeable, for that matter. Mother Theresa, Mata Hari and SuperGirl all rolled into one. This series has rolled off the tracks.

  • Carolyn
    2019-03-23 01:36

    In this 12th episode of the Masie Dobbs series, Masie has returned to England after a period nursing in Spain during the civil war. Still grieving for her pilot husband who died in a plane crash in Canada, Maisie is looking for somewhere to live and wondering what to next. However, she doesn't get too long to ponder on these problems before the secret service seek her out and ask her to go on a journey to Munich. There she must go to Dachau to escort home an English engineer being released by the Germans. The catch is that she must pose as the man's daughter who is too ill to travel. The other unknown catch is that Germany is days away from annexing Austria and Maisie needs to get in and out of Germany quickly. Further complicating her plans, Maisie is asked to find the woman she holds responsible for the death of her husband. She was last known to be in Munich and with tensions building in Europe and war with Germany looking likely, her family very much want her to return home.Maisie soon realises this is a high risk game she is playing and the German bureaucrats do not always play fair. Her search for the missing woman is also not without risks and Maisie needs all her wits about her to not be exposed as a spy. Overall a tense and gripping story with some unexpected twists, although I was a little disappointed in Maisie's decision towards the end of the book ((view spoiler)[ not to get on the plane (hide spoiler)]) and felt that part of the plot a bit contrived ((view spoiler)[ that the American Mark Scott was driving along the road as she walked back to Munich from the airport (hide spoiler)]). It will be a lot of fun to see what Maisie gets up to next.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-21 04:39

    So it looks like a 3, but is a 2.5. "How?" you might ask your childish voice trembling and your eyes large with perturbation, "can you give this such a low rating when the book has such a high average reader rating." Well, my child, this is the phenomena of long series that slowly filter out the nay-sayers and irritable. And if I were as witty as I would like to be, I would have come up with an amusing bon mot to name this trend. Basically, as those whom, some might say, have more discerning tastes (though some might argue to the contrary) throw their hands up and refuse to read another word of a series that has proven itself to be uneven, there are others who maintain their appreciation, nay, even increase in their devotion thereby increasing the average reader rating to dizzying heights. This does not mean that the book is a vast improvement upon past efforts, merely that the readers are self selecting to the devotees. Except, of course, for the random few who, newly arrived on the scene, assume there is little of import to backstory within a plethora of prior tomes and then are less than pleased with their lack of engagement with the story.Do not read on if you maintain a desire to read the latest Maisie book with a sense of bemusement.On to the story, and I might well have reached the end of the series for my own reading pleasure. Maisie, bless her heart, has returned to England, hair chopped, clothes dishevelled, and relationships dangling - fortunate woman to have such patient friends and family. Approached by the Secret Service to take on a mission to Germany, she takes the case and then, perplexingly, she decides to agree to an additional request with personal implications. In a way it fits with her hair-shirt mentality. But hey, she has a new document case!!And so the story continues on with an increasing number of gaffes, poor judgement and yet little in the way of consequences. And that is besides the yawning editing gulf of "has he been gone 2 years or 2 months" which I was unable to unravel, page I back and forth ever so earnestly. Maisie is on a highly secret mission, false identity and all, and yet chooses to wander about Munich looking for someone, photo in hand no less, who is in no way connected to her false identity and could cause all kinds of problems should it come to light.Fortunately for Maisie it does NOT come to light, or not so much it matters. (view spoiler)[She is only followed by the good guys and no one searches her room to find the gun, the case map or her passport in her REAL name. (hide spoiler)] And when she decides NOT to join those she has rescued in their flight from Munich, she 1) makes an even more idiotic last-minute decision, 2) thankfully changes her mind, 3) decides to return to Munich (view spoiler)[ because she left her OWN passport with her REAL name in a hotel room she was not planning to return to(hide spoiler)] and 4) then decides to WALK back to Munich! Thank goodness for this fairytale that good guys abound (view spoiler)[ to apparently drive around dark roads in case Maisie has taken into her head to NOT get on that damn plane (OMG)(hide spoiler)] and voila! she is rescued, her passport recovered and she returns home to, after dithering for 11 FREAKING BOOKS and 20 YEARS (her marriage to James happened offstage and therefore does not count), decides she should have family and friends around - and lives in her inherited house, buys a new apartment and a car (no mention of clothes or whether all she serves her friends is soup) and starts up business again.Buh-bye Maisie - bon chance.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-02 02:39

    Maisie Dobbs is one of the most complex characters I've followed in any fictional series, regardless of genre. In this book, the reader follows her as she accepts a request to go to Munich to rescue a British industrialist who has been imprisoned in Dachau for two years. She is still trying to process the tragedies that befell her in the last book, she has no permanent home in London, she has no profession, and she has suffered so many losses that even the lessons she learned from her beloved mentor, Maurice, do not seem to center her. Never the less, she accepts the challenge.Once in Munich, she learns that Hitler is about to launch his incursion into Austria, Jewish and Christian children have to hide if they wish to play together, and citizens can be tortured if they fail to reply to soldiers' salutes to the Fuhrer. She also begins to apply the meditation and visualization techniques that strengthen her resolve and her soul. She will need all the strength she can muster to find the industrialist, fulfill a promise to a grieving mother, and pull her life back together once this trial is over.I admire Maisie Dobbs for her courage, honesty, and willingness to be open to reality, regardless of where it leads her. I admire Jacqueline Winspear more, of course, for having the breadth of imagination and skill to bring this character to life.I received an ARC of this book from Eidelweiss. This is an honest review.I received

  • Marianne
    2019-03-23 07:54

    Journey To Munich is the twelfth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. After some time in Spain, tending casualties of the Civil War in an attempt to come to terms with her grief over the loss of husband James, Maisie Dobbs returns to England. She soon finds herself talked into a journey to Munich by Huntley and MacFarlane, on a mission for the British Secret Service. Maisie is to impersonate Edwina Donat, daughter of an engineer and international man of commerce, Leon Donat, who has been interned in Dachau for some two years. Donat is a boffin whose knowledge is valued by the British Government, and his release has been negotiated, but the Nazis will only discharge him into the care of a family member, and the real Edwina Donat is far too ill to go and claim him. One of her least favourite people, wealthy, influential industrialist, John Otterburn has learned of Maisie’s trip and implores her to find his daughter, Elaine, who has abandoned husband and baby son to live the high life in Munich. It’s a task that Maisie has no enthusiasm for as Elaine is the woman whom she blames for the death of her husband and unborn child. She makes no promises.This instalment sees Maisie wearing a wig, learning to shoot a revolver and trained in withstanding interrogation techniques. The Nazis play the expected games but there are twists that keep the story very interesting indeed. And before very long, Maisie decides she has no taste for Secret Service work and vows to be her own boss again henceforth. As always, Maisie’s intuition is unerring even if not all her decisions are sound. There is plenty of action leading to an exciting climax and a satisfying resolution. Excellent historical fiction!

  • Suzy
    2019-03-23 08:01

    4 1/2 starsI loved this latest installment in one of my favorite mystery series. Its tight, focused story and Maisie's unusual assignment gave it a much different feel than other Maisie Dobbs novels. After moving to Canada two books ago and spending the last book in Gibraltar and Spain, Maisie is back in London and somewhat at sea as to how to proceed with her life. In step some of her old Scotland Yard acquaintances, now with the Secret Service to ask her to go to Munich to bring back a British businessman who is now imprisoned in Dachau. She hesitates at first as you would expect if you know her, but then accepts thinking it might help her figure out what to do next once she completes this mission. It's 1938 and Maisie sees the sinister atmosphere in the build-up to the invasion of Austria that ultimately leads to WWII. There's much intrigue, and perilous situations abound as she acts the part of the businessman's daughter in order to secure his release and bring him safely back to Britain. I burned through this in about a day and it's the first time reading a Maisie that I thought "this would make a great movie!". I thought many times during Journey to Munich that I missed some of the old characters from when she had her business in London, but not to worry!! We get a glimpse at the end that Billy Beale and Sandra Tapley will once again join Maisie as she sets up her agency again as "Psychologist & Investigator". I just ordered In This Grave Hour, out just this week!

  • RoseMary Achey
    2019-03-06 03:57

    This is the twelfth book in the Maisie Dobbs series. Unfortunately it was my first. This book really does not stand alone. There were so many references to prior characters and events it was difficult to keep it all straight. The current story did not appear highly realistic and dragged at times. Perhaps my impression would have been different has I read the entire series.

  • Diane
    2019-02-26 00:41

    The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear is the only series of books that I have read all the way through. When I was first introduced to the young nurse/psychologist/private investigator and her friends and colleagues in London just before WWI, I was hooked.I have followed Maisie and company, with all their ups and downs and truly feel like they are friends. Each spring I look forward to catching up with everyone in Maisie's world.When we left Maisie at the end of book 11, A Dangerous Place, she was returning home to England after a stay in Spain during their civil war. She had suffered two devastating losses and was grieving. It was a very somber and sad story, and we didn't see many of Maisie's friends and family.Book 12, Journey to Munich brings Maisie back home, trying to rebuild her life. She is living with her best friend Priscilla and Pris' family, who adore Maisie. Soon Maisie is recruited once again to help the British Secret Service.Maisie agrees to go undercover in Munich to help bring home a British businessman who is being held prisoner by the Germans. The year is 1937 and the Nazi party is growing in power. The man is believed to be in a concentration camp, and Maisie must impersonate his daughter to rescue him.Times are dangerous in Germany, and another world war is on the horizon. Memories of the horrors of WWI remain in Maisie's mind, and she fears for the future of Europe.Maisie has also agreed to help find the daughter of another powerful man in England, to convince her to come home. She has a connection to this young lady, one that she would rather forget, yet she agrees to try.Journey to Munich is a strong entry in the Maisie Dobbs series. Maisie has gone through so much, it's good to see her back on her feet and trying to move her life forward. The storyline is interesting, and as always, Winspear has done her research into what life was like at that time, in that place.We get to see more of the gang- Pris, Sandra and my favorite Billy- and the end of the book the readers are rewarded with the possibility that Maisie and company will be back together working to solve cases.As England moves closer to war once again, I expect that the next books in the series will deal with this. England lost so many young men in WWI, an entire generation, that the prospect of going through that again is a frightening one.Maisie Dobbs is an incredibly strong literary heroine, and these books are great reads for young women and for anyone who enjoys historical mysteries. For a woman in her era to do the things that Maisie does with such strength, compassion and intelligence is a wonderful example for girls. She has her flaws too, and that makes her human.I give Journey to Munich my highest recommendation and it is one of the best books in the series.

  • Alicia
    2019-03-09 05:56've been thinking a lot about the last book in the Maisie Dobbs series, and I almost wish Winspear hadn't burdened Maisie with so much personal tragedy--it would have been interesting to see her try to balance her crime-solving abilities with a more traditional/happy life. Instead, this book finds her traveling to Munich in 1938 to try and get a British industrialist out of Dachau (on behalf of the British secret service, no less), which of course gets complicated. I found a lot of this to be implausible, wish Maisie would give fewer monologues, and was surprised by where Maisie is when the book ends--but I'll probably keep reading. B.__A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in March.

  • Stephen
    2019-02-23 06:43

    easy going read thriller based in late 1930's Munich felt the ending was a bit flat though. on the whole the author kept the plot moving and tried to make it as realistic as possible.

  • Ariel
    2019-03-17 04:41

    After the last two books that made me want to give up on the series, this was a refreshing turn around back in the right direction. Maisie is called upon by the British government to extract a man of great worth to them out of pre WWII Germany. This book seemed like a reset hopefully launching Maisie into a better future. Unpleasantness from her past tragedy is reconciled and beloved characters who haven't been seen for ages are finally making a comeback. The last few pages were such a delight that at long last I am actually looking forward to the next book.

  • Holly
    2019-03-02 08:01

    Maisie's back!! This was so much better than the last book. Not that A Dangerous Place was terrible but I just didn't like the direction that Maisie was going. In this book, she's back in England, & then, of course, Munich doing a little spy work. I can't wait to see what happens further in this series, seeing as now we're on the cusp of WWII.

  • Marlene
    2019-03-21 01:00

    Originally published at Reading RealityIt seems very fitting that I’m reviewing Journey to Munich right after The Murder of Mary Russell. If you take a look at the “Readers Also Enjoyed” sidebar for each book on Goodreads, they are effectively listed as “read-alikes” for each other.And they are. Both feature young women as investigators in the post-World War I era. However, there are a couple of key differences. One is that Mary Russell always has her seemingly immortal partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes, at her side.Maisie Dobbs is singularly alone. She lost her first love to a bomb that exploded in the aid station they were working in. While he physically survived, mentally he was gone. In the interstitial period between Leaving Everything Most Loved and A Dangerous Place, Maisie married her second love, but he was killed while flying an experimental plane, causing Maisie to miscarry their only child.Now Maisie is seemingly without hostages to fortune, which is one of the reasons why the British Secret Service is more than willing to recruit this indomitable and seemingly undauntable young woman. They have a specific job for her.One of Britain’s most inventive engineering minds has been imprisoned by the Nazis at Dachau. Her mission is to pose as his daughter and bring him home. The diplomatic arrangements have already been made, or so everyone thinks.But if things were that simple, the Secret Service wouldn’t need Maisie. And if there weren’t wheels within wheels, Maisie wouldn’t also be tasked with the sidejob of rescuing the woman who should have been piloting Maisie’s husband’s fatal plane from one too many errors of her own selfish making.As Maisie dodges well-meaning British officials, secretive American agents, and brutal Nazi officers, she finally discovers something that has eluded her since the death of her husband and child. Now that she is in fear for her life, she comes to the dawning realization that she truly does want to live.If she survives.Escape Rating A: This is a hard review to write. The book is excellent, but the background of this story is frightening – as it should be.This case takes Maisie to Nazi Germany in the late 1930s, just before World War II breaks into a hot war. Two of the framing events are the Anschluss, when Nazi Germany annexed Austria, and Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s infamous “peace for our time” speech. It seems so obvious in retrospect that the peace he thought he had secured was utterly impossible. What is more, at least in this story that was obvious to many people at the time, people who gave warnings that were not heeded.In the context of the story, both the British Secret Service and those agents who would form the OSS, the forerunner of the American C.I.A. were not only aware that war was coming, but were actively preparing for it. As were at least the power brokers in the British Army.As were the industrialists, which in the end provides the motives for many of the events on the British side of this story.At the same time, the background seems to be a human version of the old story about the frog and the pan of boiling water. It is clear that there is an increasingly fearful and oppressive atmosphere in Germany, but most people have managed to adjust most of the time. The water has risen in temperature so slowly that they are able to pretend they haven’t noticed it. Except for the two little girls that Maisie spies playing together in a back alley. If they want to remain friends and play together, they have to hide. One of those little girls is Jewish, and as we know now, will probably be taken to the camps and killed long before the end of the war.It is also clear from the story that the British Secret Service at least knew perfectly well exactly what the already infamous Dachau was, and that more concentration camps were being built. It is also clear that they already knew that Jews were being systematically turned into “nonpersons” in preparation for the atrocities yet to come, and that there were many organizations working to get people out before the worst happened. As it did.Ironically, in the midst of the death and darkness, Maisie’s story finally turns toward the light. She is able to forgive the family that caused so much of her grief and pain, and as she lives under constant threat of death, she finally realizes that she wants to live, and to have the chance to use her skills and talents for the greater good, and because working makes her feel alive. She has much to do and is finally ready to do it.But seeing Nazi Germany through Maisie’s eyes, watching as a sensitive, intelligent, thinking, feeling person experiences some of the worst of humanity or its utter lack, gave this reader chills.Reviewer’s Note: Considering publication schedules, this book was probably completed a year or so ago. However, for this reader at least, there is a tremendous resonance between the political climate related in this story and the current U.S. presidential campaigns. Your reading may be different, but for this reader, the parallels are difficult to miss.

  • Sue Schwab
    2019-03-11 05:58

    The story line, again, is laughable. Maisie the spy being trained as a sharp shooter and ninja, top secret assignment where she needs to sign the official secrets act again. Then goes to visit a friend and spills the "secret" to her. Then travels to Munich and decides to try to locate a missing socialite in her spare time. She keeps case notes in he hotel room as apparently those dangerous nazis won't look. Every time she comes across another "spy" they spill the beans to her on everything they are involved in. I could go on but won't. How can a good author pen this nonsense? I think I'm done with this series.

  • Charly
    2019-03-05 07:38

    Meh.How can you make a Hitler cameo boring?

  • Suzze Tiernan
    2019-03-24 08:40

    Maisie on drugs is still great! Took me 16 days of trying to stay awake enough to read it while in therapy for my ankle.

  • Judy
    2019-03-24 05:50

    Maisie Dobbs is sent to Nazi Germany on a secret mission. I think that this series is becoming stronger with each addition to the series.

  • Spuddie
    2019-03-16 07:55

    Maisie Dobbs is back on track! Yay! I was a bit disappointed with the last book, and the only (minor) failing with this book was the absence of Maisie's old 'team' of well-loved secondary characters like Billy, Sandra, her father and step-mother, etc. There is hope that this will change in future books, though. Double yay!Maisie is recruited by her old "friends," British Secret Service agents Robbie MacFarland and Brian Huntley, to travel to Munich, pretending to be the daughter of a wealthy publisher who has been held in Dachau prison for the past two years, accused of publishing articles, books and documents opposing Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. After long negotiation between the two state departments (and large sums of money changing hands) the Fuhrer has finally agreed to release him, but only into the care of a family member. The real daughter is quite ill with consumption, so Maisie--who physically resembles her, assumes her role.This is 1936, just before Hitler's annexation of Austria, and as the author goes through and describes the situation, the people of Germany, the atmosphere, the mood of the people, chills ran up my spine with the parallels with our situation here in America, with Donald Trump newly elected President. The criticism and silencing of the media, the spewing of "alternative facts," and the fear beginning to ramp up in certain sectors of the population...all too close to home. Maisie's mission is compromised by a 'side case' that she has promised to undertake, causing her to be in much greater danger than she was initially prepared for, but fortunately she also has some friends that she didn't know would be watching her back.

  • Jean Poulos
    2019-03-23 05:46

    This is the twelfth book in the Maisie Dobbs series. The prior book and this one seem to do more with Maisie’s mourning the death of James, her husband in a plane accident.Maisie takes on a job for the British Secret service. She is posing as the daughter of Leon Donat an engineer who the Nazi’s arrested for helping an underground newspaper in Munich. Donat is in Dachau Concentration Camp. The British government has paid for Donat’s release and Maisie is to get him and return him to England. When Maisie is taken to Dachau she finds the person the Nazis say is Donat it not. Maisie must now find him and get him out of Germany. Winspear weaves a mystery and suspense story with some action, but the building suspense had me on the edge of my seat.What I like about Maisie is she is not the usual sexy, vivacious heroine; instead she is a prim, competent professional whose intelligence shows in her vocabulary and maybe she is just a bit moralistic. The suspense builds throughout the book. Winspear provides some information about Munich and the Nazis. I was getting tired of Maisie moping about the death of James and the miscarriage of their child. I am happy that the ending of the story has Maisie returning to her prior profession in her old office with Sandra and Billy. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. One of my favorite narrators Orlagh Cassidy narrates the series and she does her usually excellent job.

  • Maggie Boyd
    2019-02-28 08:38

    "It was okay" (which is what a two star rating here is considered) is probably a an excellent descriptor of this novel. In the first ten books of the novels we see Maisie Dobbs let go of her first love, a man destroyed by WWI, and slowly grow as an investigator and a person. In book eleven, seemingly afraid to leave familiar ground, Ms. Winspear chose to have Maisie lose her new husband to an airplane crash and to once more be hollowed out by the death of her love. Maisie refuses to return to England in that book and instead finds herself caught up in spy work. That occurs again here as Maisie heads to Germany in order to bring back an incarcerated scientist and to forgive the woman who indirectly caused James' (her husband's) death. Highly dependent on deus ex machina and literary license, this story turns Maisie from an ordinary girl into a saint as she graciously helps the woman who hurt her and lectures us, via a conversation with an American spy, on the joys of forgiveness. Very saccharine but the real problem here is the author's inability to take her character in a new direction. The story ends at the beginning - in the same place the whole series started.

  • Tfnolan
    2019-03-06 02:02

    Getting a little tired of Maisie.

  • Carol
    2019-03-10 04:51

    Now, a long wait until Maisie's next adventure!

  • Gram
    2019-02-26 05:55

    It's about 10 years since I read the 1st in the series about Maisie Dobbs who set herself up as a private investigator on her return from working as a nurse on the Western Front during World War I.This book is the twelfth in the series and I enjoyed it far more than I did the first. It's set in London and Munich in 1938 and Maisie is sent by the British Secret Service, for whom she'd carried out previous missions, to bring home an elderly British businessman from Dachau concentration camp where he's been held prisoner for 2 years. Maisie has to disguise herself as the reclusive daughter of the imprisoned Brit in order to complete her mission. In a sub plot, and unknown to the Secret Service, she also attempts to bring home a young British woman who has abandoned her family in England and is seemingly enthralled by Nazism. There follows a convoluted plot during which Maisie encounters members of the early anti-Nazi resistance in Germany and an American secret agent who seems to know not only Maisie's real identity but also a lot more than she does about the British Government's real reason for wanting this particular businessman safely back home. The story is a mix of old-style British spy thriller and history of Germany in the grip of Nazism and the imminence of another world war. In Maisie Dobbs, author Jacqueline Winspear has created a redoubtable character who can easily adapt to a variety of roles suitable for creating not-so-cozy British mystery/thrillers.

  • Alexandra
    2019-03-02 00:59

    12/5/17 bought for $1.99 for Kindle.

  • Dorothy
    2019-02-27 04:44

    With Journey to Munich, the twelfth and most recent in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series, we've now spent more than twenty years in the company of this character; from the years just before the beginning of World War I to 1938, the time of this novel. We've followed Maisie from a child whose mother had just died and whose father gave her into domestic service with an aristocratic family, through her fortunate years and her education with that family, to the trenches of France as a nurse in the Great War, and afterward as she set up her business as a private investigator and psychologist. We saw her marry the son of the family with whom she had been in domestic service and then lose him in an airplane crash in Canada and, on the same day, lose the child she was carrying. In the last book, we saw her on her way home after those terrible events, stopping off in Gibraltar and getting involved in the Spanish Civil War. But now we find her back home again in England where she belongs.She's still in mourning and still trying to figure out what to do next, but in the midst of all that she is contacted by MI5, for whom she had worked at least once before, and asked to do a job for them.It seems that a British citizen, a talented engineer, has been arrested by the Nazi government in Germany and is being held in Dachau. He has been there for a couple of years while the British government has negotiated for his release. Finally, the Nazis agree to give him up in return for a payment of cash but they will only release him to a family member. That creates a problem since his only family member is his daughter who is seriously ill with consumption and cannot travel. For some reason, it seems that the Nazis are unaware of this.The body type of the daughter is similar to Maisie's and so MI5 decides she is the perfect candidate to impersonate her and bring the prisoner home where, it is thought, he will be able to aid the war effort which is just now gearing up.After one week of training with a weapon and with self-defense maneuvers, Maisie is deemed ready to fool the Nazis and is sent off to Munich on her mission of mercy. And really, what could possibly go wrong? A second twist in the plot is that Maisie's husband's former employer, whom she holds responsible for his death, learns - we never know how because it is supposed to be a tightly held secret - that she is going to Munich and he approaches her and asks her to contact his daughter, who has abandoned her husband and son and fled to Munich, and persuade her to come home. Of course, Maisie accepts the challenge, and, with no address for the woman, she wades right in once she is in Munich and, within a day, has located her and made contact. Honestly, sometimes Maisie is just a bit TOO perfect! Of course, things never go quite as planned and yet Maisie is always perfectly up for the job and never seems to be in any real danger in what was, at that time, a very dangerous city.And that encapsulates my only real problem with this tale; Maisie's perfection is a bit beyond believable. She never makes mistakes. She never misjudges. She's always perfectly prepared and one step ahead of her adversary. We always know that, like most protagonists in long-running series, she's going to come out on top in the end, but she never seems to break a sweat! For that reason alone, I wavered between giving the book three or four stars in my rating, and, if I could, I probably would have given it 3.5, but since I am such a generous and forgiving reader, I gave it four. So sue me.The strong points of the book were that it did give us the flavor of the political atmosphere in 1938 Munich and the constant fear felt by average citizens who had to walk the daily tightrope to avoid the attention of the brownshirts. We also got a glimpse of the horrors of Dachau and, back in England, of a population hoping against all hope to stay out of another terrible war. It was one of those fraught periods of European history where the common people were being dragged inexorably into the horrific maw of war once again. Words and politicians failed and the result was a barbarous tragedy of enormous proportions.

  • Alex Baugh
    2019-03-12 00:50

    I'm not quite as devoted a Maisie Dobbs fan as I am Maggie Hope and Flavia de Luce, but I do like to read the occasional novel. I especially like that time passes and world events are included in the novels, and that they don't take place in a vacuum.Journey to Munich begins in early spring 1938. Maisie is still mourning the loss of her husband and has returned to England after having been gone for a long while. No sooner does she arrive back in London, than she is approached by the British Secret Service and asked to undertake a dangerous, and for Maisie, unusual assignment. She is to impersonate the daughter of a man who has been incarcerated in Dachau, the Nazi concentration camp in order to get him released. Leon Donat, who is an engineer, had become involved in publishing academic works and while in Germany to promote them, he made a contribution to a friend's son to keep his underground journal running. Naturally, Donat was arrested for it despite being a British citizen. And Britain wants him back. So does the United States. Donat is also an inventor and had come up with a military landing craft that could be used for an invasion, but the plans are all in his head and everyone knows it is just a matter of time before another war begins.The Nazis, with the blessing from their Führer Adolf Hitler, and not realizing how valuable he is, are willing to release Donat, but only to a family member. And his daughter Edwina Donat would be that relative, except she is in hospital suffering from consumption. So Maisie is to take her place. But before she leaves, she is asked if she will also try to find Elaine Otterburn, the woman who, a few years earlier, was supposed to pilot the plane that killed Maisie's husband who chose to fly it instead. Needless to say, there is bad blood between the two women. Still, Maisie agrees to the assignment, if only for the sake of the baby that Elaine abandoned.Naturally, nothing goes as easily or as smoothly as one who like.I'm sorry to say that I did not enjoy this novel as much as I have other Maisie Dobbs mysteries. I thought it would never get to the heart of the story - Maisie in Munich, encountering Nazi officials and the ensuing difficulty of getting Donat out of Dachau. Yet, ironically, she has very little trouble tracking down Elaine Otterburn even though the only information Maisie had was that she lived in Munich. Don't get me wrong, there are some exciting episodes in Journey to Munich, but they are a bit overwhelmed by Maisie introspection brought on, I think, by the Elaine Otterburn situation. I felt that Maisie was out of her element as a Secret Service operative, but her talents as an investigator, as a "private inquiry agent" were just too pat here for my taste. I began to wonder whether Maisie's professional direction would change as the world heads into another war? Maybe this is the set-up for Maisie-turned-spy. Time will tell. If you are a die-hard Maisie Dobbs fan, Journey to Munich probably won't disappoint you. If you are the occasional reader like I am, your experience may not be as wonderful, but do give it a try. The world of Maisie Dobbs is on the threshold of a whole new era, who knows what experiences she will have.This book is recommended for readers age 14+This book was an EARC received from Edelweiss/Above the TreelineThis review was originally posted on The Children's War

  • Deborah Jacobs
    2019-03-25 01:38

    Journey to Munich, the 12th and most recent addition to Jacquelyn Winspear's Maisie Dobbs novels, was published in early 2016. But like so many fans of mystery and detective series, I tend to save the most current offering until I can see the next one on the horizon (in this case, This Grave Hour, due out March 2017). All 12 novels, starting with Maisie Dobbs (2003), are set in London and Europe between the two world wars. And the novels are consistently good. A few are over-the-top good and Journey to Munich is among the latter. It is perhaps the best Winspear to date (which is saying quite a lot); and it is certainly the darkest.As a way to get back to business of living after experiencing devastating personal losses, Maisie accepts an undercover assignment with the British Secret Service, a mission that sends her to Munich and to Hitler’s Germany. Winspear, drawn to this era and these wars via her own family’s military history, is a masterful story teller and a meticulous historian as well. The threat from fascism in 1938 is pervasive in Journey to Munich--palpable and suffocating for foreigners, Jews, intellectuals, women, the press. And the shocked silence of Europe in the face of Hitler’s increasing aggression, the spinning and re-spinning of more palatable narratives about what is going on--by the British government, other European nations, America--is disheartening. And familiar. What Winspear paints here is far too similar to our own moment to leave one comfortable. And, of course, unlike Maisie and her contemporaries, the reader knows exactly what lies ahead. If you’re new to Winspear and Maisie Dobbs, I encourage you to read Journey to Munich now for its timeliness and then go back and start the series. Winspear is very good at back story. She omits nothing you need, but there’s enough left that you’ll want to know --good encouragement to read from the beginning. Journey to Munich gets my highest recommendation.