• A Sunlit Weapon

  • A Novel (Maisie Dobbs, Book 17)
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,578 ratings)

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A Sunlit Weapon

By: Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
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In the latest installment of the New York Times best-selling series, a series of possible attacks on British pilots leads Jacqueline Winspear's beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs into a mystery involving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

October 1942. Jo Hardy, a 22-year-old ferry pilot, is delivering a Supermarine Spitfire - the fastest fighter aircraft in the world - to Biggin Hill Aerodrome, when she realizes someone is shooting at her aircraft from the ground. Returning to the location on foot, she finds an American serviceman in a barn, bound and gagged. She rescues the man, who is handed over to the American military police; it quickly emerges that he is considered a suspect in the disappearance of a fellow soldier who is missing.

Tragedy strikes two days later, when another ferry pilot crashes in the same area where Jo’s plane was attacked. At the suggestion of one of her colleagues, Jo seeks the help of psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs. Meanwhile, Maisie’s husband, a high-ranking political attaché based at the American embassy, is in the thick of ensuring security is tight for the first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, during her visit to the Britain. There’s already evidence that German agents have been circling: the wife of a president represents a high value target. Mrs. Roosevelt is clearly in danger, and there may well be a direct connection to the death of the woman ferry pilot and the recent activities of two American servicemen.

To guarantee the safety of the first lady - and of the soldier being held in police custody - Maisie must uncover that connection. At the same time, she faces difficulties of an entirely different nature with her young daughter, Anna, who is experiencing wartime struggles of her own. 

©2022 Jacqueline Winspear (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Another excellent Maise Dobbs installment

Jacqueline Winspear has again written a wonderful entwined mystery which is well researched. It is enhanced by the narration of Orlagh Cassidy, who gives Maise’s voice the perfect inflection and grace it deserves. Well done! (Just a note though, “Morris” Blanche should be changed back to the original French pronunciation of “Maurice” that it is in all the other Maise Dobbs series.) Thanks to both Ms Winspear and Ms Cassidy for hours of enjoyment!

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So good

I loved it as usual and it had multiple subplots, so I could barely get anything else done. I just had to get to the end. My only complaint would be the pronoun is toon of Maurice’s name by the narrator like Morice. It would stop me cold. “Who is that?”
I had to think about it. Then I would remember it was her mentor.

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Convoluted to say the least…

This book was such a disappointment. The story was so convoluted and implausible. To add insult to injury the narrator who is usually incredibly good fell down on the job with the American accents….so flat and contrived.Her pronunciation of “Maurice” changed in this book to plain old Morris. Maurice is a constant thread in all the books and I can’t imagine why it changed. I found it jarring. The storyline was far fetched but will say the background on the women pilots was interesting and the same for Eleanor Roosevelt. My mother grew up in South London during the period Ms Winspear writes about which made her books special for me. However there’s nothing special about this book….

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Sappy + could use consistency in narration

Have enjoyed many Maisie Dobbs books but this one dragged. Did appreciate the info about women pilots and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Would be nice if the narrator, who really is usually very good, would review her previous audiobooks to be more consistent in voices as well as how she pronounces “Maurice”. In the majority of the Dobbs books, she says it in the French manner, in one book (not remembering off hand which at this moment), she says, “Morris” which seems to be how Ms. Cassidy is handling the name this time around. Rather jarring, that.
This was an OK listen, but not sure I will purchase future audiobooks.

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Learned so much

About WWII and the men and women who served. The information presented at the end about women pilots was illuminating. Great mystery too!

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M Dobbs does her thing

A nice, methodical mystery solved in true Maisie style. Who knew she would uncover a plot to assassinate Eleanor Roosevelt on a visit to the UK in 1942 while working on her own case.

Sometimes in listening to this series I wonder if these books were even meant for me, I'm a guy and it's clear, to me at least, that women, young women should be reading it. I'm supportive of women aspiring to be the best they can be. Plus, in the end I enjoy the stories!

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Disappointed

A nice premise spoiled with cloying detail that came across as filler. The accents were distracting to the point of silly. More than once I wondered if this book was the product of ghost writers. This work is a far cry from earlier novels. Do not recommend.

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Not up to Par

I have read/listened to every Maisie Dobbs book. I am sorry to say I was disappointed in the story line in this one.
Why does everyone feel the obligation to make a statement on Racism? Although I agree there was much
mistreatment and segregation of the races in WW2 I felt this book was very "Preachy" and this theme took over the premise
of the story which was supposed to be about planes being shot down by spies.
The rest of the plot was a little too complicated by very damaged characters and did not resolve in a coherent way.
Disappointed ! Please stay out of the political/social arena in future books. Narration was perfect.

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I'm all caught up

I have loved these books and I am very sad there are notmore yet.

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Least Favorite Member of the Series

I have enjoyed following Maisie and her cast through the series, but truly had trouble finishing this one. The author normally does a certain amount of discussing social ills , but this one had the delicacy of a sledgehammer and took away from the storyline. One feels that it was a soap box in search of a story. I felt that I was being lectured to at all times. Hopefully the next book has more substance. As usual the narrator was excellent.