In this latest installment in the series, Maisie is hired by the costermongers of her childhood to investigate the death of one of their own. What seems like a simple task eventually reveals a conspiracy involving the highest levels of society. While the mystery itself is not that complicated, the appeal of this books lies in Maisie's efforts to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. She wrestles with questions of morality and independence, juggling the expectations of others with her dreams for herself. I enjoy watching her struggle to deal with her new-found affluence, attempting to help those in her life that are less fortunate without creating resentment or hostility.
This series is a masterful look at England in the post-WWI years, and has given me a much better perspective on the war-weariness that made so many willing to turn a blind eye to the dangers of the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. Following as they do the struggles of women in this period, these books highlight the sad realities of a generation of women faced with a shortage of men to marry and forced to make their own way in a world not yet ready to accept that necessity.
In the ninth installment of her popular Maisie Dobbs series Jacqueline Winspear brings us one of her most affecting and intriguing stories to date. We meet 16-year-old Maudie Pettit, very pregnant and soon to give birth. "Maudie had been born in the workhouse, and she was determined that not only would she not be going back there, but her baby wouldn't be born in the workhouse either." She worked nights at Starlings Brewery located in Lambeth, London, cleaning the horse's stalls. It is there in … more
“For readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P.D. James’s Cordelia Gray, Maisie Dobbs is spot on.” (Hallie Ephron, Boston Globe for Pardonable Lies )
“[Catches] the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman.” (Chicago Tribune )
“A heroine to cherish.” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review )
“Winspear hits just the right notes….This emotional story will leave readers questioning whether the ends really do justify the means. Recommended for all historical mystery enthusiasts…” (Susan Moritz, Library Journal )
“[N]ewcomers will enjoy the exploration of class-bound Britain between the wars, and fans will relish the continued development of Maisie’s complicated character.” (Kirkus Reviews )
“Compelling.” (People (3 ½ out of 4 stars) for The Mapping of Love and Death )
“Maisie Dobbs is a revelation.” (Alexander McCall Smith for An Incomplete Revenge )
“A detective series to savor.” (Johanna McGeary, Time for Pardonable Lies )
“Terrific....Maisie is one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting.” (Paradise )
“A series that seems to get better with every entry.” (Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal )
“Engaging….vividly evokes early-twentieth-century London and the flaring disparity between the haves and ...