Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Review of Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper, 2016)
Journey to Munich is the twelfth book in the Maisie Dobbs series. In this outing she travels to Munich to try and free a British industrialist from Dachau and the clutches of the Nazis and to accompany him back to Britain, while also trying to persuade a young woman to stop partying with SS men and to return home to England. The first of those plotlines on its own would have been fine. The second one is purely to continue a thread from previous books and add a bit of melodrama and was all too coincidental. Nonetheless, the plot works okay up until the major twist, which also derails the logic of the tale and it then limps weakly to the end. There are just too many elements that made little sense, too many weak plot devices, and too many stereotypical characters. As a result, while Maisie is an interesting character who lives an eventful life, for me this sojourn failed to live up to its promising premise.