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
Yes because most people would enjoy this story.
The characters are believable.
The narrator did not have enough reflection in her voice and was boring to listen to.
I didnot have an extreme reaction to this book but was ready to listen to the next one hopefully with a differend narrator.
Not thrilled with this effort. Not sure if I will try another. The performance is fine, but there is no mystery. I am not hung up on the suffraget movement and classism in post WWI England interests me not at all.
This author is very good. I always know that the stories will be interesting and emotional, the narration is great!
I did not read the print version.
The story line
There were many, actually.
Can't wait to read the next book in the series!
From my own perspective this issue of the Maisie Dobbs series begins one of the most enjoyable historical mysteries series that I have come across. The story of Maisie Dobbs is set in the traumatic period of WW 1 and develops as this young daughter of a costermonger is put into service after the death of her mother. As the story develops you begin to get a view of what life was like during that period of change in Britain for both the rich and poor. Maisie's journey from becoming a servant girl at age 12 to a young lady detective who has overcome her station in life gives the reader an intriguing foundation for what is to follow. Her desire to grow and succeed takes the reader through the trials of gaining a college education, service as a nurse in WW 1, the loss of a potential mate and the challenge of striking out on her own. Though this is a fictional history Ms. Winspear's background and research gives one confidence in seeing British life during that period. Having read all of the series to date I do highly recommend starting with this issue and following the order of progression to get the full impact of Maisie's journey. Some readers feel that this issue seems a slow start. I personally prefer Orlagh Cassidy as a narrator over Rita Barrington. Ms. Cassidy gives a zestful life to the character that seems lacking in this first book. That being said it is still a great read and the place to start this wonderful series.
I didn't/couldn't listen to more than an hour of this audio book. The narrator's voice was too detached and unemotional; it left me feeling as if i were listening to a dull lecturer, not a mystery book narrator. Switched to David Suchet's audios instead.
Anyone who cold project more emotion and life into her characters!
I never finished it.
Retired human resources professional and manager, who enjoys history and police and law novels (especially series). A USAF veteran of VN.
Yes. The reader is able to put the different voices of English society better than the written page.
Good start. Better to read the series in order as the characters build and meture over the years.
This book was not up to the usual standards I've come to expect. It was interesting enough to keep me listening to finish it but I was not impressed. My money was better spent elsewhere
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I know very little about WWI and the British world at that time. "Maisie Dobbs" filled in some of that knowledge gap, and for that I am grateful. However, there isn't much of a story here, and the pace is very slow.
I liked the characters, but I didn't love them, and if I never found out what happened to Maisie, that would be OK.
I find I really like this author and what she brings to her works. She is careful and thoughtful by design. That said: This is not the best book in the series from the standpoint of story for story's sake, BUT is a very necessary book in the background of Maisie Dobbs, to more fully appreciate the books that come after. Her lessons in psychology alone are thought provoking, and most importantly, are healing, positive, and light emitting.
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