Sunday, November 6, 2011

Book Review: A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

Title: A Lesson in Secrets (Maisie Dobbs, Book 8)
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Enjoyment Rating:
Referral: The 8th book in the series (and the most recent one published, sniff, sniff)
Source: Audible for iPhone
Books I've read this year: 137

Dear Maisie,

I know you're a fictional character, but I can't help but depart from my standard format and drop you a little note. I fear that you're about to do something dumb. Very dumb. Even dumber than your poor friend Sandra getting arrested in this book. I know that you're independently wealthy now, but money isn't everything. You would admit that money isn't everything-- you've lived long enough without it. But this last installment of your book was so different from the first seven. In those books you worked hard at your business, you tried to solve life's little mysteries, and you lived an economic, measured life. You were, it's fair to say, sort of damaged goods in the first few books. But you've gotten healthy, and in the last book, I was hopeful that you, a 1930s working woman's Cinderella, was about to live happily ever after.

In this book, I worry that you're taking some aspects of your life too fast (trying to solve everyone else's financial problems, switching to work in secret service) and others not fast enough (are you really going to make James wait? You're not getting any younger, dear). I worry that the first 35 years of your life have made you comfortable only when you're in control, and you have to give up a certain measure of control to share your life with someone else. Can you please try to make that leap of faith, Maisie? Please? I'm not suggesting that you hang up your hat and have a bunch of babies, but don't let James get away. Have a little faith in him that he will be your partner and not your boss.

Love (I think I can say love after all this time),


1 comment:

anna said...


Doesn't the crime solving gig get a little old and lonely after a while? I hope the next book moves the romance along more. Come on Jacqueline Winspear.