A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

It’s 1933, and former World War I nurse, now private investigator, Maisie Dobbs accepts an undercover assignment from the British Secret Service.  The assignment uses her philosophy training, and mentorship with the late Maurice Blanche, to teach at a small college in Cambridge.  The college was founded by a controversial pacifist and has been attracting international students and so her assignment is to teach a philosophy class and at the same time keep an eye out for activities “not in the interest of His Majesty’s Government.” 

But when the head of the college, Greville Liddicote, is murdered, Maisie finds that her assignment overlaps with the murder investigation of the police and leads her to shameful secrets kept by the British government from World War I, plagiarism, and cells of people supporting the ideas and Nazi Party of Adolph Hitler.

This is #8 in the Maisie Dobbs series, but is a complete and satisfying story on its own.  Also, I didn’t want to put this down, and it’s a vivid reminder of how early Adolph Hitler was becoming a global influence.

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