Wednesday, 3 April 2019

#BlogTour The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear. It's crime fiction in an historical setting with a compassionate, brave and intuitive main character.
About the Author
Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in Kent and emigrated to the USA in 1990. She has written extensively for journals, newspapers and magazines, and has worked in book publishing on both sides of the Atlantic. The Maisie Dobbs series of crime novels is beloved by readers worldwide always going into the New York Times top 10 on publication. Jacqueline will be available for interviews, events and written features.

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About the book
When an American war correspondent’s murder is concealed by British authorities, Maisie Dobbs agrees to work with an agent of the US Department of Justice to help an old friend discover the truth.

With German bombs raining down on London, Maisie is torn between the demands of solving this dangerous case and the need to protect a young evacuee. And what will happen when she faces losing her dearest friend and the possibility that she might be falling in love again?

Maisie doesn't just solve a case and present the guilty party, she goes around and picks up every single thread she encounters on the way. It's her way of maintaining a sense of justice in a world full of chaos and injustice. She cares about the people she meets and that no one is left behind.

She is asked to help when a young American correspondent is found brutally murdered. The autopsy reveals evidence of her keeping quite a few important secrets. The question is whether her ambition led her to a dangerous story or was she hiding something worth killing for?

Sometimes the finer and often quite important historical details, which could have influenced the outcome of conflicts, battles or wars given slightly different circumstances, are lost in history books and old newspaper articles. That also includes the political beliefs of people in positions of power, the kind of beliefs that are glossed over as time goes by, because they are controversial and put the rest of the family in a bad light.

People like the head of the infamous and powerful Kennedy family, who is mentioned in this book. He was a nazi sympathiser, as were many members of the British aristocracy including one short-lived British king. These people spent a lot of time hobnobbing with the Nazi elite. The not so subtle influencers who fade away as time speeds forward.

Winspear gives readers the stories within the bigger picture. In this case the bigger picture is the Blitzkrieg in Britain 1940. The story within is a murder that takes places as bombs destroy entire neighbourhoods and kills without compunction.

It's crime fiction in an historical setting. It's also book 15 in the Maisie Dobbs series, which means there are plenty more to read if you like compassionate, brave and intuitive sleuths.

Buy The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear at Amazon UkPublisher: Allison & Busby; Hardcover pub date 26 March 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

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