The American Agent is the fifteenth title in the Maisie Dobbs series. The first book was published in 2003 with protagonist, Maisie, having been a nurse during WWI. The American Agent takes place in the Blitz during WWII. The perils that London faced remind me that, while facing Covid is our crisis, there have been many others that people have survived as well.
The Maisie Dobbs series is best approached in order as then readers are current with the events in Maisie’s life and those of the many recurrent characters. For me, The American Agent felt a bit like it might be the last book in the series although I do hope that will not be the case.
In this entry, Maisie is tasked with figuring out who has killed an American female journalist and why. In her personal life, Maisie’s best friend has been injured and Maisie’s much wished for adoption plan is not necessarily going to go according to plan. In this latest novel there is also the possibility of a new relationship with Mark, an American with whom she has been working. Around all this, Maisie solves her case.
I highly recommend this series and this title. Have you read the Maise Dobbs series? What do you think?
“Excellent…. In Winspear’s capable hands, Maisie has evolved into a deeply sympathetic character. Readers will eagerly await her next outing.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“The London blitz is the backdrop to Winspear’s latest as the inimitable Maisie Dobbs investigates the death of Catherin Saxon, an intrepid American journalist determined to document wartime Britain’s hardships for the folks back home. An immersive tale of wartime grit and grief.” (Booklist)
“Everything in this series turns on the psychological traumas of war. That’s what gives Maisie’s sometimes prosaic cases their sturdy backbone and air of urgency—that and Maisie’s own dynamic character. Hang on to your helmet and carry on, girl.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Advances Maisie’s inspiring activities, highlights the bravery of an embattled people during the Second World War, and intimates that lessons from that period have yet to be learned.” (Kirkus)