THE AMERICAN AGENT is the 15th installment in this engaging historical/mystery series featuring British psychologist and sleuth, Maisie Dobbs. It’s September 1940 and Londoners find themselves in the middle of the German Blitz. America has not yet entered WWII. Maisie uses her skills as a former nurse to navigate the dangerous night-time city streets as a volunteer in the Auxiliary Ambulance Service while by day she investigates the murder of an American correspondent. Author Jacqueline Winspear once again does a beautiful job of interweaving references to real people and events within the storyline. Her writing gives the reader a real sense of time and place while incorporating themes (journalism’s role and American isolationism) that are equally relevant in today’s world. But it is the humanity and resiliency of the series’ characters, many of whom over time have come to seem like old friends, that keep drawing me back for more. I encourage you to read the Author’s Note at the end, particularly Winspear’s touching explanation of the book’s dedication. If you are a newcomer to this series, I highly recommend reading the books in order from the beginning.

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