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Maisie Dobbs | [Jacqueline Winspear]

Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment 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.
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Publisher's Summary

The debut of one of literature's favorite sleuths! Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS.

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

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    "A delightful discovery"

    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.

    47 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 05-14-10
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 05-14-10 Member Since 2005

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    "A new addiction"

    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!

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy K. Green 03-07-10
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    "Can't put her books down"

    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.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 01-07-11
    karen United States 01-07-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Great series, shakey start"

    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.

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    Helen Austin Texas 01-11-10
    Helen Austin Texas 01-11-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Much better than expected!"

    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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    C NEW YORK, NY, United States 12-27-09
    C NEW YORK, NY, United States 12-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "An engaging new series"

    Masie Dobbs is an excellent historical mystery. It is of very high quality.

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    Carl Smith 07-22-10
    Carl Smith 07-22-10
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    "First quality novel but so sad"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sibyl Aiken, SC, United States 08-10-09
    Sibyl Aiken, SC, United States 08-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved this book!"

    If you like Miss Marple, you'll love Maisie Dobbs. Wonderful story, great mystery, excellent narrator. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    A. Lai South San Francisco, CA USA 02-20-11
    A. Lai South San Francisco, CA USA 02-20-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Love this author!"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Orem, UT, United States 02-20-11
    Sally Orem, UT, United States 02-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining"

    Very well written. Gives you a good perspective about WW1 and the impact it had on lives. Great characters. I will definately buy another.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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