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
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!
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.
Winspear tends to be quite repetitive when she is sitting in Maisie Dobbs' head, having a cup of tea. Maisie frets and frets, worrying about marriage, not marrying, the dark mists of war, her dear old dad. It gets very tedious. And in the hands of this narrator, it devolves intyo treacle, running down your ears. Far better are her character profiles, and her evocative descriptions of London society at the time.
Stay focused on racism in London society, how India viewed its relationship to the Britain. The anxiety about the next war. Make it a genuinely historical novel not the ruminations of a 30-something introspective fretter.
She chirps and breathes like an ingenue when reading passages about Maisie's inner thoughts. Yuck!
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.
Another great story, complete with well developed character, historical context, and great storyline. Ms. Winspear never misses a beat with her adventurous tales.
I liked the heartwarming evocation of wartime Britain. I am apparently 97 years old.
Of course I would try others. These books are like crack.
Can I remember which book this was? I finished it, like, four days ago!
The star should always be a young Vanessa Redgrave.
This one was excellent. Although it was like saying goodbye to an old friend when Maisie deciced to leave for India. Hope there's another one in work because I'd love to see Maisie marry.
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