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Reviewed by Caleb Shadis
Journey to Munich is the 12th book in the Maisie Dobbs series but the first one I have read. I will say that I think knowing more about Dobbs’ past before reading this book would be a good idea. So much of her past seemed to be affecting her throughout this book and we only know what she tells us as the story goes on. I found myself getting different events of her past mixed up because they were similar to each other and it confused me a few times.
Maisie Dobbs has just come home recently from being on a ‘sabbatical’ of sorts. Her husband died in an accident and the shock had caused her to miscarry their first child. So she went to lose herself. Which she did. Only recently finding herself again in order to come back home.
Turns out some people from Maisie’s past have a large favor to ask her. There is a man of great import currently stuck in Dachau, and the British government wants him back. The Nazis have agreed to return him but are requiring a family member to show up to claim him. Since the man’s wife has recently died and his only child is dying from consumption, the Nazis’ request is difficult. But Maisie looks very similar to the man’s daughter, has some spy training and is known to the men in charge for always getting “her man” back. She is the perfect candidate.
After spending the better part of a week in immersive training for the mission, Maisie is given her final briefing, her documents and sent on her way. When she arrives she is met by an embassy man who is to help guide her through the Nazi bureaucracy in trying to reclaim her “father”. On top of this, the family responsible for the death of her husband ask her to try and convince their prodigal daughter to come home. Of course, none of it goes as smoothly as planned.
Overall, I thought this was a great story. I certainly plan on reading more about Maisie, however, I do plan to delve more into her past and read some of the earlier books to get a better understanding of her history. I also expect her future will be full of interesting and engaging stories. I recommend the series!
Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper Wave. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.