Maryland Blogger: Book Recommendation: To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

Book Recommendation: To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

Book Recommendation: To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear


To Die But Once (2018) is volume number 14 in the crime series featuring investigator Maisie Dobbs, in the setting of spring, 1940 in England, by The New York Times bestselling British author Jacqueline Winspear. Dolores and I have read all of the books in this series and recommend them for your reading list. This is one of my favorite authors and Maisie Dobbs is one of my favorite characters. Click on the links to learn more about the author and her books. 




Books by Jacqueline Winspear


"To Die But Once opens in May 1940, and unfolds against the drama of Germany’s European advance and the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from the beaches of Dunkirk. On the home front, Maisie Dobbs becomes involved when a local pub landlord and his wife express concern about their son, who has not been in touch recently. Young Joe Coombes, a happy-go-lucky lad who is not yet sixteen years of age, has been working away from home—he is an apprentice to a painting and decorating company with a lucrative government contract, and the work requires a crew of painters to work away from home, and Joe is the youngest on the crew. His father tells Maisie that Joe had been acting strangely of late, and complaining of headaches. Could the lad have been enjoying his first taste of freedom a little too much? Or is there something more serious at the heart of his lack of contact.

Among other troubling discoveries, Maisie’s investigation uncovers a connection to a well-known London family involved in organized crime—and one member who will not hesitate to resort to extreme violence. Maisie has never shied away from danger, but now there’s someone else to consider: Anna, the orphaned evacuee she welcomed into her home and her affections. And as she does her best to reconcile her professional and personal responsibilities, two people close to Maisie’s heart put their lives at risk among the Dunkirk flotilla. But the investigator—who knows far too much about the tragic cost of war and the peril facing soldiers stranded on the beaches of France and their rescuers—is powerless to do anything except wait." 




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Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 3038
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Photograph by Roy Kelley 
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Comment balloon 11 commentsRoy Kelley • May 17 2018 05:39PM


Thank you for the book recommendation. I will put it on my reading list.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 8 months ago

Thanks for the recommendation, Roy.  Sounds like a very interesting book.  I just need to find some time to read it.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy a good book or two this week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy. The reading machine continues to turn! Enjoy your next book.

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy Kelley ,

Thank you for another interesting series to read and good to know its one of your favorites. I love to read and always have a book going but little time to read many in one month. I always appreciate your recommendation.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 8 months ago

Hi Roy... I've never heard of this series or author... I'll need to go and do some research now.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 8 months ago

Roy, like Nina, have not heard or read anything from this author.   I still have a stack to read when I get caught up.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 8 months ago

I like that era of subject matter. I will remember this author.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 8 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

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