With the country in the grip of economic malaise, Maisie Dobbs is relieved to accept an apparently straightforward assignment to investigate a potential land purchase. Her inquiries take her to a picturesque village in Kent during the hop-picking season, but beneath its pastoral surface she finds evidence that something is amiss. Mysterious fires erupt in the village with alarming regularity, and a series of petty crimes suggest a darker criminal element at work. A peculiar secrecy shrouds the village, and ultimately Maisie must draw on her finely-honed skills of detection to solve one of her most intriguing cases yet.
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Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover (February 2008), ISBN-10: 0805082158
Picador, Paperback (November 2008), ISBN-13: 978-0312428181
"Winspear vividly evokes England between the wars, when the old order crumbles and new horizons beckoned working women like her appealing heroine. ...this jaunt back to a bygone era is as satisfying as a spin in Maisie's MG."
"A painfully evocative tale of England's struggles with class differences and poverty between the wars, and a clever mystery."