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Maisie Dobbs : a novel
Jacqueline Winspear
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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Written years after Cordelia Gray hit the P.I. scene but set decades earlier, Maisie Dobbs is another young woman with a keen eye who defies stereotype and hangs her shingle as a private detective. The year is 1929 and England is still recovering from the devastating effects of World War I. But Maisie Dobbs, ex-maidservant, student of master-detective Maurice Blanche, former front-line nurse, is turning a new page and opening her own private investigations agency in London. Her allies include her previous employer Lady Rowan (who discovered her maid reading philosophy in the library one night, correctly gauged this unusual servant’s intellect, and sent her straight off to University) and neighborhood handy-man Billy Beale (sharp, street-wise, an investigative-assistant in the making). Maisie herself is an acute observer of human nature, intuitive and sensitive and able to relate to people of all classes and backgrounds, but she’s also nursing her own war wounds. Still, she’s ready to put all that behind her when her first case comes along. It begins as a tedious investigation into the whereabouts of a seemingly unfaithful wife, but before long the trail leads to a secluded convalescent home for soldiers damaged in mind and body—from which very few men ever emerge alive. Now Maisie is face to face with the tragedies of the Great War that she’s tried so hard to forget, and with a complex mystery on her hands to boot. Author Jacqueline Winspear’s portrait of post-World War I England is pitch-perfect and her heroine is remarkably strong and well-drawn. Maisie Dobbs is a fine example of romance, mystery, and historical fiction all rolled into a suspenseful, moving story.
posted Sep 14, 2010 at 9:19AM
Avatar for Grandma Barbara Grandma Barbara said:
So glad I stumbled across this! Excellent writing, compelling mystery, fine characterization. The blurb compares the Maisie Dobbs series to "The No. One Ladies’ Detective Agency" novels, but I think it’s more like the Harriet Vane novels of Dorothy Sayers. Highly educated women of working class backgrounds, independent in a world that is not quite ready for independent women. Loved it!
posted Jan 24, 2012 at 9:55AM
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Served as a field nurse in France during World War I; studied at Cambridge.
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