A Maisie Dobbs Mystery, No 8
March 22, 2011 / ISBN 0061727679
Historical Mystery / England / 1932
by Brenda Weeaks
Maise is back. She's being courted by James, romantically and woed
by Brian Huntly, professionally -- for the British Secret Service.
(What a life.) Brian wants Maise to spy on author Greville Liddcote.
Liddcote penned a children's book. The story hinted at war, which
upset the monarch. Liddcote has opened his own college in Cambridge.
Brian needs Maise to take up a position at Liddcote's college. Maise's
late mentor, Dr. Maurice Blanche, haunts her with his words, and
although he left her well off she accepts the assignment for a fee.
Once at the college, Maise is faced with a murder and her investigative
side kicks in. On the personal side, Sandra returns alone and in
need of a job again. Her story is sad and threaded throughout the
A Lesson in Secrets is a mystery worthy of an uninterrupted
read. It's an absorbing storyline. The author immerses her readers
in the 1930 eras of high society, higher education, secret meetings,
code words and more. Both main and sub-characters are well written.
Maise is a woman ahead of her time. She's intelligent, liberated,
discreet and sympathetic. It's a great read. Just be warned, if
not a series follower, there are spoilers. Maise Dobbs is one of
the better series offered in the Historical Mystery genre.
Reviews of other titles in this series
Lies, No 3
of Truth, No 4
Incomplete Revenge, No 5
Lesson in Secrets, No 8