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
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 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.
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 is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!
I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every Maisie Dobbs book. Orlagh Cassidy is a gifted narrator and brings all the characters to life.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
a wide range of characters appear and many are wonderful people. The challenges which each must overcome are of universal interest.
Although crimes and solving them are the basis for each story, one does not end the story with a sense of overall gloom or terror.
the wonderful accents of the characters in the story.
sorry....I have none!
I'm always waiting for the next title in this series!
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
Another winner for Jacqueline Winspear. She is one of the best mystery writers around. I always enjoy the plots which are unpredictable,great character development and enough details to keep it interesting. Having been to London gives me added pleasure as I recognize many of the locations and descriptions. Everyone I know reads and loves Maisie Dobbs.
Orlagh Cassidy is the perfect narrator and her accent is polished and genuine. I guess I will have to wait a year for the next installment in the life of Maisie Dobbs.
I really enjoyed this book. It started off with a good mystery, but in solving the crime, our heroine revealed much about life in London following WW1 and leading up to WW2. I had never read a Jacqueline Winspear before, but I am really glad I found her.
Massie Dobbs was my favorite character because she was smart, kind, gracious, and independent. And she was good at her job. I am looking forward to my next encounter with Massie Dobbs.
This was my first experience with Oriagh Cassidy's narration. She's excellent. I have no complaints.
I would have listened to it all in one sitting, but there's never enough time for that.
I recommend it. It was definitely my cup of tea.
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