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 am so glad I found this series! An intelligent, young woman, former nurse-turned-sleuth in post WWI London was a both a setting and story I enjoyed immensely. After reading this, I went on to read the next 2 in the series and after reading those, have added the next to to my "to read" list. If you're looking for graphic, gruesome murders, CIA car chases and graphic sex in your mysteries, this series probably won't work for you. If you enjoy early 1930's England with a sanely-paced story line and exploring characters as they develop over several books, you should enjoy this.
Wow, what a command of that era, and what an impact it had on women from England and the world. As a writer she threads her story lines and characters together, and these characters are interwoven across her books. She does not leave loose ends, she has developed a brilliant, intuitive and yet fragile detective. This series deserves the following it has and I can't wait for her newest books to come out. I would recommend starting with the first and working forward in order.
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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Save me, I have found a new addiction and its Maisie Dobbs!! A friend recommended this series and after this first book I am hooked. It's wonderful to have a mystery series that is not too explicit as some of my old standby's have become over the years,and doesnt leave you with nightmares. Ms. Winspear's writing is creative and engaging without resorting to gore. Love the narrator. LOVE Maisie!
If you've already read other books in this series, skip this first one. It's all backstory, all esential elements of which are repeated, in bits and pieces, in subsequent books. Actually, this book isn't really a "mystery" at all -- its a flat-out novel. There's nothing much to ferret out, no suspense worthy of the word, but it is an introduction to the excellent character of Maisie Dobbs. The series is wonderful, and very carefully researched so as to be historically accurate. The narrator does a great job on all of them -- I love the series, just not this first book.
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.
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 am an avid eclectic reader.
I have been busy reading books (fiction and non-fiction) about the WW1 era. A friend of mine suggested this series by Jacqueline Winspear. Unfortunately I started with the newer books in the series and have read backwards, this book is the first of the series. It did fill in a few of the missing items not filled in by the series to date. I must say, I have found the series to be fascinating, this is the time in history that women's role made a complete change and this change had a major effect on society. The other books in the series was read by Orlagh Cassidy who I preferred to the reader of this book Rita Barrington. It may be that I was used to Cassidy's voice. Whoever did the singing in the book did a great job. This book starts with the time not long after WW1 when Maisie first opens her investigation business with flash backs to her youth, her working in service in the Lord's household to her time as student at Groton College to her being a nurse in the war. Winspear handled the flashback in an excellent manner. The book laid the foundation for the series. Looking forward to more books in the series.
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