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
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.
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 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 was hopeful about this series since I like this historical period. This is the first book in a series about Maisie Dobbs; folks, it is very depressing. I did finish it but was longing for it come to the end. I investigated the plots of the rest of the Dobbs series & it seems as though the rest are depressing as well. At least, I'm not taking a chance. If I want to be depressed, I will turn on the news.
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.
I haven't even finished this yet but felt i needed to write a review - I am loving the book. The writing is excellent, the narrator is perfect, the story is captivating, and I am thoroughly and completely "hooked". I love backstories like this that form the foundation for development of a character, so I am eager to finish this book and get on to the second book. I am looking forward to continuing with this series as it develops.
Beautifully written, beautifully told!!! Maisie Dobbs is a great character, strong, sensitive, reasonable and caring...and evolves as a person through the Great War and remnants thereafter. Winspear creates a bittersweet world that is intriguing and interesting. Narrator does a great job too. Look forward to the other books in the series.
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