In This Grave Hour

In This Grave Hour

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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"In a London shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian refugee is found murdered. And as Maisie delves deeper into the killings of the dispossessed from the "last war, " a new kind of refugee--an evacuee from London--appears in Maisie's life. The little girl billeted at Maisie's home in Kent does not, or cannot, speak, and the authorities do not know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on the "Operation Pied Piper" evacuee train. They know only that her name is Anna. As Maisie's search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come. Britain is approaching its gravest hour--and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own."--
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9780062644299
Branch Call Number: FIC Winsp
Characteristics: 458 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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fred98115
Sep 09, 2017

Good addition to the well-written Maisie Dobbs series. She receives a request from a Belgian embassy official on the day war is declared against Nazi Germany. A murder is not being seriously investigated by police and the official wants more. Turns our there were multiple murders with a genesis in the early days of the First World War.

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1relaxing
Jul 24, 2017

Great writing- always enjoy her books and the series.

Katherine_A Jul 09, 2017

I have been a longtime fan of Jacqueline Winspear and the Maisie Dobbs series. This latest installment does not disappoint. Maisie takes in an evacuee from London, a little girl that she grows fond of. In the meantime she is solving her latest mystery of the murder of Belgium refugee that escaped occupied Belgium as a boy. The complexity of the mystery is on the same level as other books in the series. The writing style is beautiful and the characters are great.

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 26, 2017

The Maisie Dobbs series is an almost perfect combination of character-driven and plot-driven books. Be sure to read them in order, following from the beginning of the War to End all Wars to the beginning of WW II. At the same time, you have the privilege of following the growth, fears, and losses, of Maisie and her associates. This book looks back at the Great War and how it affects the Belgian refugees who came to Britain, married, and stayed on. Besides being an issue at the beginning of WW II, it remains a timely issue today. In a touching subplot, among the children evacuated from London is a "lost" five year old girl who can't--or won't--speak. Maisie finds Anna very appealing, and works with her father and his horses to make her feel at home, and to find her family. While I await all the Maisie Dobbs books, this was one of my favorites.

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brangwinn
May 27, 2017

When I grow up, I want to be just like Maisie Dobbs. She’s rich, but unassuming and hard working. She cares about not only her detective assignment, but her employees as well. She loves her family and she’s committed to helping make things better for others. Making things better for others isn’t easy as England has just declared war on Hitler’s Germany. In the midst of children being sent out of London, she finds herself drawn to a young girl who has been sent to live with her father and stepmother. Somehow finding out more about this young girl doesn’t interfere with her job of discovering who has killed Belgians who emigrated to England during the Great War. Another great story from Winspear. This isn’t the book to start reading the series. There’s too much information you need about Maisie to enjoy the story fully.

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njon38
May 19, 2017

I am a fan of Winspear's character Maisie Dobbs. She was at her best in the post WWI years. Maisie is now in the WWII years and the books lack that special something. A worthy psychological mystery.

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ready2read
May 01, 2017

The title of this novel is from the first line of a speech given by King George VI, on the day that it was announced that Britain was at war, September 3, 1939. Another line in that same speech states " for the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war." This is certainly true for Maisie, a former WW1 battlefield nurse, the reader first met as she was opening her inquiry/psychology agency in 1929. (Maisie Dobbs, 2003). Her cases often had their roots in events surrounding the war and , as readers, we got to know her circle of friends, colleagues, and family. Maisie experienced tragedies and heartache in the following years but there was always a sense of hope. Sometimes that hope was represented by the children of her friends -- so it is especially sad to think that this new generation is just the right age to fight in his new war. The older generation expresses dread and incredulity, while the younger generation expresses youthful excitement. Immediately after the announcement of war, London was in chaos; children were evacuated and severe blackout laws were in place. But nothing much happened for eight months on land with the allies. Historians often refer to this time as the phony war or Churchill's own term - "the twilight war" (The seas were a different matter). It is during this London chaos that Maisie has to deal with a new case. ....thirteenth Maisie Dobbs novel

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marthabwaters
Apr 17, 2017

Thirteen books in, I still really like this series. While I find Maisie oftentimes frustrating as a character – simply because we operate in very different ways, and it’s therefore at times difficult for me to understand why she does the things that she does – I still enjoy getting inside her head, and longtime readers of the series will be happy to see that she’s managed to move past some of the oppressive grief that (understandably) marked the past couple of books. I also appreciated that this was more of a straightforward mystery, after a couple of books that were veering more in the espionage direction – hopefully this trend continues!

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2017

Every year I eagerly await the next installment in the Maisie Dobbs series, and IN THIS GRAVE HOUR does not disappoint. It’s particularly fitting that the last 6 books in this series have been published in March, which is International Women’s History Month. Author Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie is a complex feminist heroine and one of the most original characters in fiction today. IN THIS GRAVE HOUR begins in 1939 and Great Britain has just declared war on Germany. The title itself is taken from a speech by King George VI (see Quotes). As England prepares for war, psychologist and investigator Maisie must solve some grisly murders as well as identify and find the home of a young evacuee from London. Maisie once again demonstrates her wisdom, common sense, and compassion while taking on these challenges. Much of the plot involves the issue of war refugees which I find especially relevant for today’s world. Besides Maisie, I have come to care about the richly drawn secondary characters introduced in previous books and many of them return in this novel while 1 new endearing addition to the cast will no doubt influence the course of Maisie’s life. Alas, I’ll have to wait another 12 months to find out. To fully appreciate how Maisie, her family, and acquaintances have evolved over time, I highly recommend this series be read in order from the beginning.

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Roundcat
Apr 02, 2017

We have been traveling with Maisie Dobbs on a journey through European history from before WWI to this book starting WWII, exploring the impacts of both wars on ordinary people and showing the reasons for the major events as ever increasingly difficult mysteries are resolved. This book picks up some threads from WWI, combines old characters from previous books, and introduces new characters, all of whom are obviously going to travel with us through WWII. We see Maisie using her well earned skills in psychology, nursing, detection, and military intelligence to explore the various parts of the present puzzle to reach a surprise perpetrator, while also balancing the minor stories that will carry us into the next books. I especially felt at home with the background details, since I can just vaguely remember WWII in the US. Well done book in all aspects.

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2017

“Coincidence is a messenger sent by Truth.” - p. 87

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2017

“In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history… for the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war.”
- King George VI, September 3rd, 1939
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