As she is pulled deeper into the investigation, Maisie is increasingly intrigued by the peculiar mood of melancholy and secrecy that shrouds the village, a feeling that is inflamed by the villagers' fear - but just what has caused them to be so afraid? The beloved sleuth must draw on all her training and experience to discover the truth in this gripping, atmospheric installment of the best-selling series.
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©2008 Jacqueline Winspear; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
I noticed when someone writes a negative review people don’t find the review useful. Even so I feel like if I’m going to review a book at least I should write some type of review. This is my least favorite of all of her books so far. Although we have followed her life from an early age, all of a sudden she is part gypsy and is aware of all of their ways and language. Also she is proficient with a divining rod to locate any item if she thinks of it hard enough. I like her books and will listen to all of them but I think this story was weak and not practical or probable. At parts, I wish I was able to fast-forward because it was long and drawn out. In her previous books I never even thought of doing something like that because I like each part of the story. I hope her next book is well thought out and not written just to get a book out on the market.
Tell us about yourself!Omnivorous catholic reader who especially enjoys unusual mysteries and thrillers
Never again will I read a negative review before listening to the book involved!I have been chronologically reading the Maisie Dobbs series and after a negative review of "An Incomplete Revenge" skipped it and went on the the next novel .
However,I decided to rectify my omission and Thoroughly enjoyed the novel from the plot to the characterization to the narrator...I sincerely believe that "...the willing suspension of disbelief" should be the credo of an intelligent reader who has enjoyed previously enjoyed works by the same author.Keep on Ms Winspear.......please
The mystery in this one is weaker than the others in the series, but the character development is terrific. I really enjoyed it.
A Book and a Cat: Nothing more
When I read this installment of Maisie Dobbs' series, I felt it was the best yet. Maisie is a complex character, and far, far ahead of her time. How she is able to accomplish so much as a single woman in the 1930's is . . . well, fiction . . . but I love her nonetheless.
Author Jacqueline Winspear integrates the perfect amount of period detail, but in a way that does not feel overbearing. I always feel transported to another place and time. The highest complement I can give Winspear, however, is how she weaves the various subplots into each novel. I want to take a basket of food and offer to babysit for Billy and Dorene Bealle. I want to sip sherry with Maurice and absorb his wisdom. I want to be Maisie Dobbs!
Love love love Orlagh Cassidy as narrator. I haven't listened to anything else she has narrated but I will based just on her name. She brought to life charactors I love.
All of the Maisie Dobbs books are fastenating. I can never guess the ending before I get there.
The Maisie Dobbs series always leaves me deeply contemplative. Usually I laugh and cry along the way, but am always moved.
I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!
Though some listeners didn't care for this particular Maisy Dobbs book, I enjoyed the different, yet intertwining story lines. Jacqueline Winspear wrote a touching and heartfelt end to an important chapter of Maisy's life. The voice of Maisy Dobbs is always done well by Orlagh Cassidy. I'm eager to begin book 7.
The story was wonderful, kept me interested all the way. Wish there was a new book by Jacqueline Winspear available every day.
I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.
No. I haven't read the print version, but the accents are confused. I wish the author had stayed with one of the earlier narrators who knew how to do southern rural English accents. The last straw was when the innkeeper kept complaining about the "east-Enders" in a broad Cockney. (Ie the very accent that would have been the main way to recognize a Londoner from the East End--and not the accent a rural Kent-er would have.)At first listen this narrator passes for British. But some pronunciations rang false so I looked her up, and she is indeed American. For an American, she does a remarkable job, but the lack of distinction between urban and rural accents is a big problem.
Not in a British book.
I love this series, but I will be searching out the print version for the rest of the series since I see the rest are all recorded by this narrator. I am surprised that the author, who is British, and seems to well-understand the urban/rural cultural differences, has accepted these narrations.
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