Jacqueline Winspear’s newest Maisie Dobb’s novel is the American Agent.
Good friends, Maisie and Priscilla are once again helping out in war. Together they volunteer as ambulance drivers and attend to citizens wounded by German bombings in London.
One evening reporter, Catherine Saxon, an American, rides along with them. By the next morning Catherine is dead, her throat slit in her apartment. Her death is kept from the newspapers at the behest of British authorities and her father, a Senator in America.
British Official, Robert McFarlane turns to Maisie to investigate Saxon’s murder. She must report not only to him but also to Mark Scott, a US Department of Justice agent. (He saved Maisie’s life in Munich in 1938.)
Maisie investigates during the day then returns at night to do ambulance work but one night changes everything. Priscilla goes into a burning home to save two children before fire fighters and Maisie can stop her. And, instead of jumping from an open window, Priscilla turns to go back out the way she came.
This is a near fatal mistake! She ends up with nasty burns and so does Maisie who saves her best friend.
As Priscilla fights for her life, Maisie goes on with her investigation into Saxon’s death.
In the backdrop of this, Maisie worries about the interview that will decide if she can adopt Anna, the evacuee she has come to love.
American Agent has a great pace and the different threads of the story each get their own conclusion. And the reader does find out if Maisie gets to keep Anna.
I look forward to seeing what next investigation Maisie has and how her life and others in her orbit go to next.
Jacqueline Winspear’s The American Agent
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