Young, feisty Maisie Dobbs has recently set herself up as a private detective. Such a move may not seem especially startling. But this is 1929, and Maisie is exceptional in many ways. Having started as a maid to the London aristocracy, studied her way to Cambridge and served as a nurse in the Great War, Maisie has wisdom, experience and ...Read MoreYoung, feisty Maisie Dobbs has recently set herself up as a private detective. Such a move may not seem especially startling. But this is 1929, and Maisie is exceptional in many ways. Having started as a maid to the London aristocracy, studied her way to Cambridge and served as a nurse in the Great War, Maisie has wisdom, experience and understanding beyond her years. Little does she realise the extent to which this strength of character is soon to be tested. For her first case forces her to uncover secrets long buried, and to confront ghosts from her own past ...In Maisie, Jacqueline Winspear has created a character that readers will immediately take to their hearts. Her first case combines a gripping investigation with a moving portrait of love and loss. It marks the beginning of a wonderful new detective series.Read Less
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Maisie is an amazing woman whose gifts, fortunately, were recognized early. And that made all the difference. Since this is the first book in a series, it's appropriate to tell us who she is.
What we have here is a romance, mystery and historical novel all rolled into one book.
You will get a sense of London during WWI and the beginning of the twentieth century.
Apr 11, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. At the beginning I wondered if it would hold my interest. But,it soon became a story that I could not put down. I have recommended it to my family and friends.
Aug 27, 2011
I've finished all the books in the series and I'm very sad about that. It's truly an excellent compendium of post WWI, written within the confines of murder mysteries. You can't help but be enthralled.
Jul 8, 2010
One book in an excellent series
Winspear writes with a sympathetic eye to those experiencing lifes difficulties. She weaves a good tale and draws the reader in from the beginning.
Apr 8, 2010
Wars never end
WWI is a history that is less familiar to most of us than the more recent wars (WWII, Korea, Vietnam). In this novel (which begins a series) the era comes alive as we are drawn into Maisie's life and experiences. Maisie is a character whom anyone would welcome as a friend. This is an engaging historical novel, mystery and psychological thriller all rolled into one. It entertains as it instructs, all the while whetting the reader's appetite for subsequent volumes. Thoroughly delightful.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-06-16 In Winspear's inspired debut novel, a delightful mix of mystery, war story and romance set in WWI-era England, humble housemaid Maisie Dobbs climbs convincingly up Britain's social ladder, becoming in turn a university student, a wartime nurse and ultimately a private investigator. Both na?ve and savvy, Maisie remains loyal to her working-class father and many friends who help her along the way. Her first sleuthing case, which begins as a simple marital infidelity investigation, leads to a trail of war-wounded soldiers lured to a remote convalescent home in Kent from which no one seems to emerge alive. The Retreat, specializing in treating badly deformed battlefield casualties, is run by an apparently innocuous former officer who requires his patients to sign over their assets to his tightly run institution. At different points in her remarkable career, Maisie crosses paths with a military surgeon to whom she's attracted despite his disfigurement from a bomb blast at the front. A refreshing heroine, appealing secondary characters and an absorbing plot, marred only by a somewhat bizarre conclusion, make Winspear a new writer to watch. Agent, Amy Rennert. (July 9) Forecast: Blurbs from Elizabeth George and Charles Todd will alert their readers to the quality of this book, which ought to draw mainstream and romance readers as well. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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