A Lesson in Secrets

A Lesson in Secrets

By Jacqueline Winspear

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061727719, 323pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2012

Description

In the summer of 1932, the career of psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment from the British Secret Service. Sent to pose as a junior lecturer at a private college in Cambridge, she will monitor any activities not in the interests of His Majestys government.

When the colleges controversial pacifist founder, Greville Liddicote, is murdered, however, Maisie is directed to stand back as her colleagues in Scotland Yard spearhead the investigation. But she soon discovers that the circumstances of Liddicotes death appear inextricably linked to the suspicious comings and goings of faculty members and students under her surveillance. To unravel this web, the investigator must overcome a reluctant Secret Service, discover shameful hidden truths about Britains conduct during the Great War, and face off against the rising power of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterparteithe Nazi Partyas the storm clouds of World War II gather on the horizon.



About the Author
Jacqueline Winspear is the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs novels. The first in the series, "Maisie Dobbs", won the prestigious Agatha Award for Best First novel, the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, and the Alex Award. She won an Agatha for Best Novel for "Birds of a Feather" and a Sue Feder/Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery for "Pardonable Lies". Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent in England. Her grandfather had been severely wounded and shell-shocked in World War I, and learning his story sparked her deep interest in the "war to end all wars and its aftereffects, which would later form the background of her novels. Winspear studied at the University of London's Institute of Education, then worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK. She immigrated to the United States in 1990 and embarked on her life-long dream to be a writer. In addition to her novels, Winspear has written articles for women s magazines and journals on international education, and she has recorded her essays for public radio. She divides her time between Ojai and the San Francisco Bay Area and is a regular visitor to the United Kingdom and Europe.


Praise For A Lesson in Secrets

“Maisie is one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting.”
-Parade

“The combination of period detail and intricate storytelling makes A Lesson in Secrets seem distant enough to be romantic but sufficiently modern to engage our sympathies.”
-Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

“With an affecting storyline and graceful prose, Winspear has again created a powerful and complex novel, one that will linger in memory as a testament to her talent and her humanity.”
-Richmond Times-Dispatch