Current Reads: A Dangerous Place

A Dangerous Place

This edition of Current Reads comes to you from our former Youth Librarian and current North Otago Museum volunteer, Alison Sofield. 

Alison reviewed the latest Jacqueline Winspear novel-A Dangerous Place. Here's her review: 

Another Maisie Dobbs tale-what is there left for her to do? Hasn't she done it all? Winspear, with consummate skill and compassion has managed to create a new and unexpected course in Maisie's life. 

Just when all the planets seemed aligned for Maise, tragedy strikes and she must face new challenges, not the least having to grapple her personal demons as well as getting her life back together. 

This novel is set in Gibraltar in 1937 with the horrors of the Spanish Civil War across the border as well as the looming clouds of war in Europe. Murder and intrigue take centre stage and Maisie becomes irresistibly drawn into its vortex.

Winspear guides us through the maze of events leading to an unexpected and gripping solution. The writing is beautifully and sympathetically crafted and gives the reader an insight into the conflicts of the time, as well as the role of women in wartime. 

I could not put this book down and at times I kept the tissues handy. I highly recommend this book. 

Julia de Ruiter