It is September 3, 1939, Great Britain has declared war against Germany, and Maisie Dobbs has reopened her private investigations office with her partners and friends Billie and Sandra. As everyone in London is preparing for the imminent conflict, Maisie receives a visit from the mysterious Belgium Embassy official and secret agent Francesca Thomas asking her to look into the murder of a man who was a Belgian refugee during the First World War. Dr. Thomas suspects that there is more to the story than the police have come up with and hopes that Maisie can dig deeper and find out what really may have happened. While the investigation gets underway, Maisie must also deal with an issue regarding children that have been evacuated from London to the countryside, some of whom are being lodged at Chelstone Manor and the Dower House – particularly concerning a young girl who has refused to speak. In their usual fashion, Maisie, Billie and Sandra get to the bottom of things, come to terms with their own pasts, and get ready to face their uncertain futures.
If you are a fan of the series, you’ll be glad to find Maisie back in London with all of the family and friends you’ve come to know and love.
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