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 almost didn't listen to this book because of a previous review. Very Glad that I ignored the bad review. I loved this book!
Town Pub Meeting
Lies, Hatred & Revenge
I've grown to love this writer and this series. This particular book was sad, poignant, reflective, and mysterious. I've listened to many, many books, but this series is one of my favorites.
I really can't compare the Maisie Dobbs series of mysteries or this book to any other writer or character that I am familiar with. These books are more than mysteries, but in the end, they always solve a puzzle and resolve a case.
This was my fourth or fifth encounter with Oriagh Cassidy's narration. I cannot think of a more fitting story teller for this series of books.
This book was tinged with tragedy at it's heart and a loss that was unforgettable occurred. Sometimes there is no justice. This book touched upon that theme.
I was moved by this book as I often am by Jacqueline Winspear's other books in this series. Her reflections on how WW1 affected the British people is both eye opening and sad at times. However, there is always a mystery that must be resolved and Maisie and Billy always "get their man."
Good books and peaceful days...
First, you've got an author with the elegant name, a complex mind and a hot pen, then a narrator who is perfectly cast to match this character, who, best of all, never seems to get in the way of the words or the story. And then you, the reader, learn more about this main character, Maisie Dobbs, who's as refined as a Windsor but wait -- she's got a past that'll knock your socks off. No silly, frail female, this, yet vulnerable enough to identify with and tough enough to admire; in short, she's real, not a cardboard cutout. Plus her assistant, a recovering WW I vet who's decent, married with a few small kids -- all of who/which grow in depth with every book. I'm so happy to know this series is here, for so many reasons. Finally, a smart female whose voice is something I myself can identify with. Know, if only I too could meet a few mentors to impress. Oh well, that's what books are for, right? And no zombies, thank you very much! This one, although not my favorite, still hits all the notes pitch perfect - characters who feel like real people. Winspear continues to show that she's got more than a few well-paced stories that both keep this reader curiously attentive and reading to the very end - something very few others except the masters (like Michael Connelly et al.) have been able been disciplined enough (and brilliantly able to continue their own growth along the way, I imagine, to successfully continue to deliver such hits. This is one author who's going to be around for a very long time.
The more I listen to this collection, the better I like them. Ms. Cassidy does a good job of portraying a gentleness in Maisie, reflective of the time. Wrapping the history of post WW1 around the plot of deception and death allows the listener to be carried along with Maisie, as if a passenger in her MG or a sipper of the frequent tea that is offered. This is a sensitive Maisie, her war experiences remain close at hand, her love, lost to the battles, her kind father and this story with gypsies paint a picture of struggles at every level of British society ... plus a gentle dog. Just my cup of tea!
What more can I say! A page turner mystery, lyrically written with fascinating historical anecdotes
Masie plus the rest
Start with the first book in the series
Did not read the print version
Peter Hamill's, North River
Her sense of timing is great. One quickly loses a feeling that one individual is reading. All the individual personalities come across splendidly.
I'm impressed by J. Winspear's ability to weave several different story lines together and then to resolve them in an intriquing way. She is undoubtedly one of my favorite authors.
If you have seen any of my other reviews for Maisie Dobbs books you know I adore them. This particular book has a very intriguing mystery and some interesting personal development for Maise herself. An excellent addition to the series! Orlagh Cassidy is wonderful as the various characters.
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