But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.
©2003 Jacqueline Winspear; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
I slogged through this book, but the characters were lifeless - either flat and inexplicable or exaggerated but predictable caricatures. There was very little mystery, and although the "surprise" at the end was supposed to explain something about the title character, it left me liking her even less than I did before. I see from other comments that the rest of the series is better, but this turned me completely off.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
There are 10 Maisie Dobbs novels in this wonderful series. This is the first of the 10. It is very similar to Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series. Highly recommended!
The narration is excellent but does not match the quality of the novel.
Probably not. The story was well-written enough to keep me listening, but the characters were uninteresting and the secrets, once revealed, weren't worth waiting for.
Maybe. There were bright moments when I was immersed in the experiences of the characters that made the time spent on this book worthwhile. For example, I was moved by Maisie's experience as a field nurse during the war.
This is the first I've listened to.
No. The main character is too perfect - a classic Mary Sue. She solves her mysteries mostly by a sense of intuition and fortunate coincidence. If I want a story with supernatural elements, I'd rather have straight out fantasy or horror, or even magical realism. In this case, it felt like a substitution for actually weaving in clues and reasoning.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Start at the beginning and listen to them all! I have both read and listened to all the Maisie Dobbs books and have enjoyed every one. All the narrators are quite good, tho the excellent Orlagh Cassidy seems to have emerged as the standard bearer in the later books of the series. If you like historical "cozy" mysteries at all, you will like these! The wonderful ongoing characters send you happily on into each new addition. I must say that these books started an interest in WWI for me and led me to read more nonfiction. Yay, education! Long Live Maisie!
I really love a good mystery novel, but I really couldn't get into this book. It was entertaining, but also felt flat. Possibly it was the narration or the storyline. It just felt like it was slowly chugging along.
The book was boring, for the most part, except the last 20% of it. Maisie is a very uninteresting and not engaging character and the story wasn't entertaining. The relationships she had and developed were a snore fest. Don't think I'll be getting the rest of the series unless I'm dealing with insomnia.
This is one of the more enjoyable books I have read in a long time. It is fun to read an occasional mystery that is not filled with blood and gore althought there are references to World War I severely wounded soldiers. It helps that I love the genre and the time period the mystery took place in.
The pleasure of this audio is greatly is greatly enhanced by the talented narrator Rita Barrington who guides us through this novel with great skill.
I look forward to reading the entire series.
I love Maisey. Like no other fictional detective! I agree 100% with what the other reviews so far have said.
But the subject matter is so very sad. It works for so many people but I'm not sure I will be able to continue the series. This fiction is too much like non-fiction. I look to novels to get a bit of a break from it all.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Set before, during and after the Great War, this is a wonderful historical mystery series that will keep you listening. It's clean, yet the depth of emotion and understanding of the horrors of war that the author displays will stay with me for a long time. I appreciate the sensitivity with which the childhood of young Maisie is written, and the seldom touched on mixing of social status. This first book in the series was absolutely necessary to learn exactly what Maisie Dobbs is made of, and I must say, she's made of some very fine stuff. Can't wait to listen to the next in the series!
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