I'm a bit late in reading and reviewing Jacqueline Winspear's new novel, "To Die but Once: A Maisie Dobbs novel". I'd stopped reading Winspear's series a few years ago when she appeared to lose interest in her character - Maisie Dobbs - and the novels suffered as a result. But her last book seemed to show a sense of renewal , and with this one, Winspear has fully revived her both her main character and the secondary ones.
Winspear has moved fully into WW2. Her setting is, of course, London and Kent. It's May, 1940, and the Phoney War has suddenly ended with the German invasion through the Low Countries into France. The British Expeditionary Force has been left stranded on the beaches of northern France, waiting for the German army to push them into the sea. Several people in Maisie's life have sons who are with the BEF and whose very lives are on the line. Will they be rescued, and who will do the rescuing. Maisie and Billy are also looking into the death of a local boy, son of the owners of their local. Was the teenager mixed up in a larger conspiracy? Jacqueline Winspear deftly juggles these stories with a couple more, never losing the plot lines, moving both the plot and Maisie Dobbs' life forward. The book ends as it should.
I'd say if you've been disappointed perhaps with several of the latter Dobbs novels, to give this book a good look. I think you'll find it worthy.