In Leaving Everything Most Loved by New York Times best-selling author Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs investigates the murder of Indian immigrants in London.
The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.
Bringing a crucial chapter in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs to a close, Leaving Everything Most Loved marks a pivotal moment in this outstanding mystery series.
©2013 Jacqueline Winspear (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I so enjoy the world Jacqueline Winspear has created for Maisie Dobbs. Without fail, she always draws me into Maisie's life as if it were my own. Every book teaches me something new about the life and times of the woman detective. This newest addition to the series delves into the lives of those who traveled from the Far East to England. Usually brought as nanny's to tend the children of wealthy Englishman. In order to solve the murder of one of these women, Maisie must learn about the cultures and customs of India...and also decide if she would like to visit them in their country. For Maisie is still conflicted about her purpose, and whether she wants to marry James.
As always, Orlagh Cassidy is a fantastic narrator! So glad she has narrated the entire series. The consistency and her talent definitely contribute to the experience.
I will be meeting Jacqueline Winspear next week at a book event! Can't wait!
Having read the complete series I must say this last book was so good. I was curious to see if she really would leave and how she would wrap up her life in London. I think she did it well, with the exception of billy, who I wish would not have been attacked. Over the complete series I have gotten attached to all the main characters, and I think for the most part the author did a wonderful job. I think the narration was quite good, I chuckled once in a while, especially at her "American" accent, but it must be hard, so I give her credit. I read a new massie dobbs novel is coming out in March and I can hardly wait!
I enjoy murder mysteries, fantasy, some horror, some romance.
Maisie is on the trail of another murder, which is nothing new and normally the excitement of the novels - the whodunit. There are the usual suspects, all who seem to have an ulterior motive with vaguely valid reasons for killing someone. When the big reveal happens it goes out with a whimper, not a bang.
The entire novel was uninteresting. The title of the book tells you the end of the novel before you even get to the prologue so there's no suspense there. Actually, the prologue was really interesting, too bad she had to take a walk by that canal. I could have listened to what that character was doing/thinking for the entire novel.
James is still asking her to marry him although I couldn't tell you why. She treats him as if he's just a convenient dinner date. Maisie wouldn't put up with someone playing with her affections like that. At this point, the only thing keeping Maisie and James together is the author and even she seems to be getting tired of the - and I use the term loosely - relationship.
Every time there seems potential for a romantic interlude where you can become invested in keeping James in the storyline, Maisie either has to go to bed, or disappear to her "own home" to have a breather from James and high society. And she's constantly complaining about how unpleasant the upper classes are and how she'll never fit in. No wonder! Get over it already or stop going to all of the parties! What happened to your optimistic, head strong, "I don't give a d#&n attitude?
I've loved all of the Maisie novels with the exception of the last two. When did Maisie become this insipid, insecure, whiny creature? Two novels of a whining Maisie constantly doubting herself is a bit much.
The murder is secondary to Maisie's deciding what she wants to do with her life and she spends the majority of the novel planning her get away. That's about as suspenseful as the book gets. I had to make myself listen to it, hoping that it'd get better but it didn't.
The end of the book is Maisie saying goodbye to everyone - this literally takes up the last two hours of the novel. I know, I was watching the minutes count down until it was finally over.
Will she, won't she leave? Do us all a favor and leave, PLEASE! She has become so annoying as to practically erase all of the things that I've loved about her in the other books. If this had been my introduction to the character, I doubt that I would have come back to give her another chance.
And I'm sick to death of her asking everyone and anyone's advice. Or wondering what Maurice would think. He's been dead for a few books now, get over it. You're 36 years old, woman! Time to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and become the independent, self-confident that I thought you were well on your way to becoming.
And the Columbo act is really tired. If I hear "just one more question" again, I might just slam my head against the table. In this book, she's say "one more question" and then follows that up with four or more "just one more question"! And then she'd keep returning to the same characters with more questions. So many times, in fact, that I was on their side at being annoyed with her for being there.
The performance by Orlagh Cassidy is normally very enjoyable however I found some of the voices to be inconsistent. Especially Maise and Billy's voices. At times I didn't know who was talking because the voices were indistinguishable from each other.
Good lord, no!
This book was so frustrating. You barely cared if the murder was solved and when it is, there's no personal investment in the characters to make it matter. It also feels like a culprit was picked at random just to get to the goodbyes.
I know this review is all over the place but I had to start typing the minute the book was over. Once you've read the title, you already knows what happens. Save your money and don't buy the book. It's a waste of time.
After this being the second awful book in a row, I find that I'm not anxious for another. Maybe Maisie has run her course. I hope not. Maybe the author needs a break. It sure seems like it.
Maisie Dobbs is a comfortable character for me to fall back on. Ms. Cassidy is melodious to listen to and the stories continue to be beautifully representational of the U.K. in the 1930's. Other reviews have shared elements of the story, I hope to represent a listener.
Ms. Winspear meticulously develops her characters and settings, not in a boring fashion, but by painting word pictures of each, so that they feel real. Ms. Cassidy works to bring their voices to life with her dialects and pitch - and she does it well.
This is easy listening, but it's not frivolous. It is a mystery and we are quickly swept into the midst of it all. Ms. Winspear has developed a complicated and strong heroine who longs for more and don't we all?
I've only listened to the audio, but Orla Casidy was wonderful!
I liked Maisie's search to find what she really wanted out of life, but found myself getting mad at her decisions sometimes.
She is always exceptional.
I Don't Know Where I'm Going.
I have loved this series. Winspear has made the period of the first World War through the early 1930's come alive. Her characters are wonderful. I don't always understand Maisie, but that's okay. I hope there is another book, because I don't want the series to end with this book and it's nonresolution of things. I think it was the most thought provoking of the books, but frustrating for me.
Ms. Winspear gets better with each new book. No. 10 is a great one in the series. Can't wait to see what new adventures Maisie Dobb's finds herself in next. Love this era, 1930's in England.
Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".
I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every Maisie Dobbs book. Orlagh Cassidy is a gifted narrator and brings all the characters to life.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
I basically enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series--and this book is no exception. It is one of several series which focus on the new ways women were able to establish themselves in the world in more meaningful ways just after WWI. I am really glad to see these book celebrating the exciting changes in women's lives and the newfound respect they were gaining.
That said, despite that I have always enjoyed the mysteries (the plots) of this series, I've found it a bit of a leap to handle the rags-to-riches, Cinderella type story that Winspear has created for Maisie Dobbs' background. She's gone from being a housemaid in a wealthy household at age 13, to being noticed and selected by them to get a fabulous education at Cambridge (which would have been available to few women yet at that time) to inheriting a fortune from her mentor in psychology and detecting...to possibly now considering marrying the son of the wealthy household she began in. While I really like the complicated plots that come with every one of these books, I find it hard to juggle good stories that are about solving mysteries with fantasy romance.
And so, this is still a good story. Maisie is approached by Scotland Yard--to her surprise, to take on a case they have not been able to solve. It seems that the brother of the murdered woman, Usha Pramal, has come from India to England to try to find out who killed his sister and why. Maisie is intrigued and takes the case. Before she scarcely gets into it, yet another woman is also murdered, and she is doubly determined to find the killer.
This book invites the reader, in a very positive way I think--to consider issues of diversity and how people tend to regard those who seem different to them (for instance, it would seem that Scotland Yard didn't give this case as much attention as they might have, had the murdered woman been English instead of Indian). It is also good because it supplies a large number of potential suspects, and kept me guessing till the end who the killer had been. But it was complicated by Maisie's personal life--a number of changes she is making that leave the reader wondering where this series might be heading. Perhaps that is the skill of the author--to be able to move the series in different directions, but I was not terribly comfortable. I'm old. I like things to be as I expect them :-) However, like everyone else, I will wait with interest to see where Maisie finds herself in the next book--and I'm sure the story will be fun to read.
This is another good listen about the adventures of Maisie Dobbs. But there is too much padding of her past. We hear too much of where she has come from, again and again. We listen to Maisie as much for the plot as for the history of the times. I wish Winspear would moved the plot ahead without the padding. However, that being said, I still love this series.
Winspear might have been Maisie Dobbs since her character development is so vivid. You won't have trouble finishing this book!
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