Investigator Maisie Dobbs takes a job investigating a potential land purchase. Her employer is wary because a series of fires have plagued the area. The investigation leads her to a village in Kent during hop-picking season. A band of gypsies come to the area during harvest time. She quickly sees that there is something that isn’t quite right about the group of gypsies. Another aspect that figures prominently in the story is when a zeppelin raid during the war wiped out a family.
This was a largely unimpressive novel. I had never read any of the previous books featuring Maisie Dobbs, and after reading this one, I’m not rushing out to read any more of them. The mystery associated with this story was not all that compelling. Neither were the characters. The plot was slow moving and never got that interesting. There was not a whole lot to like about this book. I would suggest skipping it.
Carl Alves – author of Blood Street