In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs's career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities, "not in the interests of His Majesty's Government."
When the college's controversial pacifist founder and principal, Greville Liddicote, is murdered, Maisie is directed to stand back as Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane and Detective Chief Inspector Richard Stratton spearhead the investigation. She soon discovers, however, that the circumstances of Liddicote's death appear inextricably linked to the suspicious comings and goings of faculty and students under her surveillance.
To unravel this web, Maisie must overcome a reluctant Secret Service, discover shameful hidden truths about Britain's conduct during the Great War, and face off against the rising powers of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei the Nazi Partyin Britain.
As the storm clouds of World War II gather on the horizon, this pivotal chapter in the life of Maisie Dobbs foreshadows new challenges and powerful enemies facing the psychologist and investigatorand will engage new readers and loyal fans of this "outstanding" series (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review).
Also available in audio and e-book formats
Harper, Hardcover, (March 2011), ISBN-13: 978-0061727672
Harper Perennial, Paperback, (March 2012), ISBN-13: 978-0062065063
"The forward-looking focus of Winspear's latest will be exciting for her many fans, who will be eager to accompany Maisie on what promises to be an intriguing, dangerous and sobering journey."
Norah Piehl, BookReporter.com (read the full review)
"You do not have to read the entire series to enjoy the latest Maisie Dobbs book but you will probably want to do that if you read this one first. There are plenty of things going on in A Lesson in Secrets and that makes it a little difficult to figure out who committed the murder and that is a good thing for mystery lovers!"