Everything, how well the story was written, the research that went into the book, the character development.
They are all draw you in. I love how we learn bits about each character and the past that made them who they are.
She does a good job of not just different voices but also her timing and her inflection. It helps you see what the author has written.
I had some tears at Frankie going to the Compton house, and her going to school and a few other spots. There are some funny moments with Billie.
If you love historical novels, especially around WW1 and WW2 in England then this is a must.
This was almost a five star review. I found the story hard to put down. The reader was very good. The action was well written, but there were sentences throughout that strick me as clunky during exposition sections.
Enjoyed the story but when it began jumping forward several years and then back and forth in the timeline it became confusing. But maybe it was because I "read" it as an audio book.
Bacon & Tomato
I like hearing the British reading a book. I think it helps me to speak better. I enjoyed the story very much and had great visuals from the descriptions.
If it were a mystery, instead of a coming of age story about a clever young girl who overcomes adversity with her cleverness and the help of some cardboard cutout friends and associates who only exist to play some role in helping our Intrepid Heroine fulfill her potential. I haven't finished the book - I'm about 3/4 of the way through, and it's completely tedious and boring.
I don't know if the rest of series are actually mysteries. If so, maybe I would.
The narrator does a good job. Whether its her working class good ol' dad with a heart of gold or the do-gooder Lady of the House who gives her an education or the French intellectual who takes her under his wing and gives her a classical education in his spare time, they're all well done.
Cheering for Maisie all the way. Characters are wonderful, believable and overall just great. The lady has a great career ahead.
Great characters and wonderful period details. Perfect even pace with endearing development of Maisie Dobbs character. It's tempting to describe this as slow mystery, but it is so much more. It's "slow" only because the more than first half of the book is about how Maisie grows into a woman and shifts from house maid to military nurse, then into an investigator. It's clean and enjoyable.
I like Maisie Dobbs and the emphasis on early investigative psychology. Predictable storyline needs speed in the telling..