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
JW's books about the life and times of Maisie Dobbs are both insightful and entertaining. I have especially enjoyed the character development throughout the series, not only of Maisie but of those with whom she works, loves and investigates. One example of this is found in Maisie's efforts to help her friend Pricilla discover what happened to her brother, MIA in WWI, which leads to the discovery of a niece that Pricilla didn't know existed. The emotional insight given to this event is very moving and indicative of JW's ability to draw the reader into the to the story.
In this tenth book about Maisie it seems that the mystery isn't as important as the movement going on in Maisie's life. In one sense this book is about closure. As Maisie turns a corner in her life what happens to those characters with whom we readers have become so involved? What's going on in her life that so deeply motivates her to take the actions she is apparently taking? Is Maisie going to return or is her sailing off to India also her sailing out of everything we have come to love and expect from the life and times of Maisie Dobbs? She is certainly leaving one wondering.
In my opinion Orlaugh Cassidy is the perfect narrator for this series. That may be because it is easy for the mind to picture the character's in this series and add to the subtle changes of voice that Orlaugh is so good at presenting in the dialogue.
I suspect that it is best to start this series in the order it is written. That being said I would add that this tenth addition to the series can be seen as a teaser for all that has gone before since it harkens back to some of the major events that have defined who Maisie has become in her journey from a motherless child put in service to the force of character she has become.
I am a senior citizen who loves a good mystery, but I object to books with profanity and explicit sexual situations.
I have been thoroughly enjoying this series! Already looking forward to the next one! If you like "cozy" mysteries, this series is not to be missed. No offensive language or sexual situations. Orlagh Cassidy is surperb!
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