In This Grave Hour By Jac­que­line Win­spear, Harper, 352 pages, $34.99

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At the out­set of this lat­est Maisie Dobbs novel from New York Times best­selling au­thor Jac­que­line Win­spear, the Sec­ond World War is de­clared. Mean­while, Maisie, San­dra and Billie are back on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion beat, hunt­ing down the killer of a man who es­caped oc­cu­pied Bel­gium dur­ing the Great War, when he was just a boy. As se­crets are un­rav­elled against a back­drop of grow­ing con­flict, Maisie learns the mov­ing sto­ries of those driven out of their home coun­tries by the pre­vi­ous war. Many of th­ese peo­ple drifted, home­less and name­less, and — like this man — met un­for­tu­nate ends. The stakes are raised when a lit­tle girl who was evac­u­ated from Lon­don is re­set­tled at Maisie’s home. This tiny refugee ei­ther can­not or will not speak of the tragedies that led to her de­par­ture from Lon­don, and as the war es­ca­lates and the mys­ter­ies per­plex­ing Maisie deepen, she is forced to dig as deep as pos­si­ble to find in­ner strength — and the an­swers she so des­per­ately needs.

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