From my own perspective this issue of the Maisie Dobbs series begins one of the most enjoyable historical mysteries series that I have come across. The story of Maisie Dobbs is set in the traumatic period of WW 1 and develops as this young daughter of a costermonger is put into service after the death of her mother. As the story develops you begin to get a view of what life was like during that period of change in Britain for both the rich and poor. Maisie's journey from becoming a servant girl at age 12 to a young lady detective who has overcome her station in life gives the reader an intriguing foundation for what is to follow. Her desire to grow and succeed takes the reader through the trials of gaining a college education, service as a nurse in WW 1, the loss of a potential mate and the challenge of striking out on her own. Though this is a fictional history Ms. Winspear's background and research gives one confidence in seeing British life during that period. Having read all of the series to date I do highly recommend starting with this issue and following the order of progression to get the full impact of Maisie's journey. Some readers feel that this issue seems a slow start. I personally prefer Orlagh Cassidy as a narrator over Rita Barrington. Ms. Cassidy gives a zestful life to the character that seems lacking in this first book. That being said it is still a great read and the place to start this wonderful series.
I didn't/couldn't listen to more than an hour of this audio book. The narrator's voice was too detached and unemotional; it left me feeling as if i were listening to a dull lecturer, not a mystery book narrator. Switched to David Suchet's audios instead.
Anyone who cold project more emotion and life into her characters!
I never finished it.
Yes. The reader is able to put the different voices of English society better than the written page.
Good start. Better to read the series in order as the characters build and meture over the years.
This book was not up to the usual standards I've come to expect. It was interesting enough to keep me listening to finish it but I was not impressed. My money was better spent elsewhere