Thursday 28 March 2019

Blog Tour ~ The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

Jaffareadstoo is thrilled to be part of the blog tour for The American Agent

Allison & Busby
26 March 2019

Maisie Dobbs #15

My thanks to the publishers and to Anne at Random Things Tours for my copy of the book
 and the invitation to be part of the blog tour

When an American war correspondent’s murder is concealed by British authorities, Maisie Dobbs agrees to work with an agent of the US Department of Justice to help an old friend discover the truth. 
With German bombs raining down on London, Maisie is torn between the demands of solving this dangerous case and the need to protect a young evacuee. And what will happen when she faces losing her dearest friend and the possibility that she might be falling in love again?

My thoughts..

The American Agent is the fifteenth book in the Maisie Dobbs series so I have to admit to slight trepidation when I started the story as this is the first time I have met with the intrepid Miss Dobbs.

The story opens in London in September 1940 just as the German Luftwaffe launches the first of many attacks in what would later become known as the London Blitz, and whilst Maisie works with the Ambulance service helping to rescue those who have been affected by the bombings, it is her role as a private criminal investigator which forms the crux of the story.

Charged with investigating the murder of a young American war correspondent who has been found dead in mysterious circumstances, Maisie is paired with the enigmatic Mark Scott, a US agent, who has some sort of prior connection to Maisie.

What then follows is a complex crime investigation which is set against the historical background of a country in the throes of war. Maisie is an intrepid heroine and a clever sleuth, I grew to like her very much. Her no-nonsense attitude to crime investigation seems to be reminiscent of the stoicism of the country during wartime, and her tenacity at getting right into the heart of the investigation whilst at the same time balancing her need to protect those she loves makes the story all the more fascinating.

There’s always a tendency with a long running series for new readers to become a little bit bamboozled by the characters who, by book fifteen, will have shared many an adventure together. However, the author does a fabulous job of helping new readers make sense of Maisie’s past history, whilst at the same time keeping the integrity and continuity of an exciting new adventure.

Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in Kent and emigrated to the USA in 1990. She has written extensively for journals, newspapers and magazines, and has worked in book publishing on both sides of the Atlantic. The Maisie Dobbs series of crime novels is beloved by readers worldwide – always going into the New York Times top 10 on publications.

Twitter  #JacquelineWinspear #TheAmericanAgent





  1. Thank you so much for this Blog Tour support x

    1. My pleasure,Anne. Thanks for the invitation to the tour :)


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