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 love to read!
I haven't yet read any other books in this series, but my guess is this first book must be all about introducing Maisie and giving the readers (listeners) her back story. I am willing to read (listen to) another of her books to see if we are drawn into the events of the story more quickly now that we already know all about her.
Maisie Dobbs is an unusual girl. She gained a patron who changed the course of her life. We meet her on her first detective case after she opened her own agency. The case takes her back to the war that damaged her generation. Very good book. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
I wasn't impressed with the narrator. Her pace was very slow, so I had to increase the speed. Hopefully, she will be better in future books.
Marie in PDX
Favorite author, well researched, details historically accurate. Intriguing story with characters of depth and believable. I appreciate her avoidance of classic stereotypes.
The reader is fantastic. Her British accent adds to the general milieu of the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and the narration was very pleasant to listen to.
I had heard this was a great series so I bought this book hoping for a good book, instead I was bored for most of the story, although the conclusion pulled the entire story together nicely. I was sorry I did not read the reviews before listening to this book then I could have saved myself the time and started with book two in the series where the actual mysteries begin. That being said the writing was good and the character development was fantastic so I do intend on getting at least the next book in the series.
This book has been on my recommended list for so long, so I finally decided to try it. I wanted so badly to like the series! But the write style is very specific and formulated and Maisie is very particular. I think what I really couldn't get over, though, was the narrator. She was so prim and proper and I just couldn't get past the over-done narration.
I really did enjoy the plot. It was strange that they started the story and then switched to Maisie's life story for the whole middle portion of the book.
I really didn't like the narration.
I tried reading the sequel in paper book, as I thought maybe it was just the narrator that was bothering me. Turns out, I just don't like Maisie.
I wish I had enjoyed it more, as the story really is very well thought out.
The narration was fine. The story just seem to drag on, and there really wasn't much excitement until near the end, and even that was a little corny. Overall, a fairly dull story.
I adore really well-written fiction, mystery series, and historical fiction, and delight in finding well-narrated translations.
This book is the first in a long series, and I acquired it on an Audible special. Ran out of something to read on a trip, so picked it up. It took about 1/3 of the book before I got into it, then I started to be interested in the people and the story.
The reader is actually right for this story though it took a while to get over my expectation that this would be a dated, boring read. The setting is WWI England and the European war, though at first I thought it might be kind of a romance novel, and there is a hint of that, but the war is really the major theme. The parallel one: "intelligent common girl taken under the wing of aristocrats family" theme so beloved of Brit writers of the last century is a bit hackneyed, but nothing else would explain her education and development of her potential. The horrors of that war aren't glossed over, but the book is about Maisie and setting up her mystery-solving life story.
Not great lit, and she isn't a Mrs. Polifax--but it was an enjoyable read. Might pick up another in the series, but am hoping the writing will get tighter and the series this book sets up realizes its potential.
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