In This Grave Hour, opens on Sunday, September 3, 1939. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in a radio broadcast announces to the nation that Britain is at war with Germany. Shortly afterwards, psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs, find her house broken into by secret agent Dr. Francesca Thomas. She comes on urgent business to hire Maisie to find out who killed a Belgium refugee who immigrated to Britain twenty-three years earlier during the first World War.
Within days another refugee is murdered, one who knew the first victim. As Maisie digs deeper into the killings of the refugees another, one from London, enters Maisie’s life. A little girl of five who does or cannot speak, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or why she was put on “Operation Pied Piper” train. The only thing known is the little girl’s name, Anna.
As many know I have written a review of another Maisie Dobbs novel, one that did not sit well with me, it just was not on par with the earlier books, but In This Grave Hour, was a return to the Maisie Dobbs novels I came to enjoy. A thoroughly good mystery and although there were twists they are just right. By the end of the book I could not help hoping in the future, Anna becomes a member of the Dobbs family.