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.
The mystery in this one is weaker than the others in the series, but the character development is terrific. I really enjoyed it.
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!
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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
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 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.
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!
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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!
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