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Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10 | [Jacqueline Winspear]

Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 08-22-14
    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Really like it, with a caveat"

    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.

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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 02-04-14
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Recommend this very good book"

    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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    Hoxiesgirl The Ozarks, USA 09-08-13
    Hoxiesgirl The Ozarks, USA 09-08-13 Member Since 2009

    Hoxie's girl

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    "Ah, complicated Maisie"

    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?

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    Kathy Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-11-13
    Kathy Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful and frustrating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Leaving Everything Most Loved to be better than the print version?

    I've only listened to the audio, but Orla Casidy was wonderful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Maisie's search to find what she really wanted out of life, but found myself getting mad at her decisions sometimes.


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is always exceptional.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I Don't Know Where I'm Going.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Janet 08-09-13
    Janet 08-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Series"

    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.

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    Rena Steinzor Silver Spring, MD 08-04-13
    Rena Steinzor Silver Spring, MD 08-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Big Fan of Winspear But This Disappoints"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance?

    She chirps and breathes like an ingenue when reading passages about Maisie's inner thoughts. Yuck!


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    Carol D. Florida 07-09-13
    Carol D. Florida 07-09-13 Member Since 2007

    Audible is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!

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    "Another winner for Jacqueline Winspeare"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every Maisie Dobbs book. Orlagh Cassidy is a gifted narrator and brings all the characters to life.

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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 06-19-13
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 06-19-13 Member Since 2004

    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.

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    "always interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Leaving Everything Most Loved the most enjoyable?

    a wide range of characters appear and many are wonderful people. The challenges which each must overcome are of universal interest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the wonderful accents of the characters in the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    sorry....I have none!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm always waiting for the next title in this series!

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    sharon san diego, california, United States 05-01-13
    sharon san diego, california, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "More from a Consistently Great Writer."

    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.

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    Carolyn Decatur, GA, United States 04-26-13
    Carolyn Decatur, GA, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good characters; good story; good narrator"
    Where does Leaving Everything Most Loved rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first experience with Oriagh Cassidy's narration. She's excellent. I have no complaints.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have listened to it all in one sitting, but there's never enough time for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it. It was definitely my cup of tea.

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