Friday, November 12, 2010

More Maisie on the Horizon!

Good news for all of the Maisie Dobbs fans at Broadway Books -- and we know there are a lot of you out there -- Jacquline Winspear's next book in the series, A Lesson in Secrets, will be published in March! In the newest episode, set in the summer of 1932, Maisie goes undercover to Cambridge as a junior lecturer in philosophy in her first assignment for the Secret Service, where her task is to uncover any activities “not in the interests of His Majesty’s Government.”

In a case that brings Maisie up against the invisible walls of the Secret Service, she becomes involved with a family almost broken by the treatment of pacifists during the war, and at the same time unravels a web of intrigue which puts her face to face with the powers of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei—the Nazi Party—in Britain. A pivotal chapter in the life of Maisie Dobbs, A Lesson In Secrets marks the beginning of Maisie’s intelligence work for the Crown, as the storm clouds of World War II gather on the horizon.

And while I'm not in the habit of sending our customers to events sponsored by other stores, I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that the lovely Jacqueline Winspear will be in Portland this weekend, and for a very good cause. On Saturday she will be reading from and signing her newest book, The Mapping of Love and Death, at the inaugural Portland Authors Luncheon, a fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation. Jacqueline will be joined at the luncheon by Armistead Maupin, Tom Lichtenheld, Julie Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Stacy Schiff. You can get details about the event at the foundation's website.

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