What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women?
As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.
©2004 Jacqueline Winspear; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks
As usual, the author keeps the listener in suspense. It was sometimes a little fast due to the narrator, but not enough to be a deterrent. I would highly recommend!
not finished yet. But wanted to share. I put book on half speed and much improved the experience. Unfortunately, I didn't care for how fast the narrator was reading either. I didn't want to skip book in series though. Hope she doesn't narrate anymore. looks as though readers like the other narrators in the series.
I've listened to this story twice already to catch things I missed the first go round.
The white feathers. I won't spoil it, but the scene sticks in my mind. We know so very little about WWI compared to other wars that finding out the simple details about the men, their families, and war sentiment is humbling.
She brought out the best in Maisie, who with a less able narrator could have sounded heartless and cold.
The white feathers and the wrenching reason for the crimes. The saying "War is Hell" doesn't end with just those in the battles. The echoes linger for years.
I've read many books about US and European history, but my knowledge of WWI and its aftermath is lacking. Until I started reading Charles Todd and now Jacqueline Winspear, I had little knowledge about how bad conditions were for those returning.
Marie in PDX
I love this series. I enjoy historical fiction, as long as the history part is correct and it seems to be spot on. The themes are timeless, issues around WW1, apply to the Vietnam War and on to the Gulf wars. Very enjoyable as well as thought provoking.
I think I might have one or two of the women's outfits made to the descriptions provided.
Although I liked the first narrator better, this narrator was not horrible. There may not have been vastly different character voice changes, there was not misspoken words or anything to keep me from enjoying the story. Nor was I distracted by the narration. Can not wait to start the next book.
The plot is not very convincing. Could have done with a better plot and less about what Maisie Dobbs was wearing.
I wouldn't bother with any other books in the series
Listen to the first book and wasn't that drawn in but I figured I give the second one a try. Loved this one!! Way better than the first book! Now on to the next one!
it was good and I enjoyed learning more about Maisie and post war England, but having a different narrator from the first one was hard to adjust to.
Yes, because of the content, but no because of the narration.
As always, Maisie. I love how controlled and logical she is, while also being intuitive.
The narrator did Maisie's voice ok, but every other character was just terrible. The voices were abrasive, loud, and squeaky. I often turned the volume down more than I usually would just counteract her awful voices. I also felt like her voices weren't true to the characters themselves.
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