In the latest mystery in the New York Times best-selling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.
August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe. Michael—the youngest son of an expatriate Englishman—puts duty first and sails for his father’s native country to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed among those missing in action.
April 1932. London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael’s parents, who have recently learned that their son’s remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael’s belongings—a quest that takes Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier’s family and even Maisie herself. Over the course of her investigation, Maisie must cope with the approaching loss of her mentor, Maurice Blanche, and her growing awareness that she is once again falling in love.
Following the critically acclaimed best seller Among the Mad, The Mapping of Love and Death delivers the most gripping and satisfying chapter yet in the life of Maisie Dobbs.
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“A sleuth to treasure.” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)
Bravo! to Jacqueline Winspear for continuing the Maisie Dobbs stories with yet another incredible social history lesson woven into an Agatha Christie style mystery. Unforgetable! Maisie has another haunting WWI soldier's death case, this time an American cartographer. As well Maisie's life is changing with old friends and new events that will make you smile and some that will have you crying. Favorite characters are included with Billy, Maurice, the Comptons and Scotland Yard. This is the best in the series for Maisie and for me! The narration is superb! Enjoy!
trying to see the world with my ears
but I found this installment of Maisie Dobbs a bit repetitive (perhaps because I listened to all seven novels almost back-to-back in 3 months --- the series IS that good).
Disappointing as I found this particular novel, Winspear ended it strongly, leaving the future open to new territory for Dobbs - one that could take her past the women sleuth tradition she is patterned on (and improves upon already in general in the series).
I really enjoyed this novel and, although I have not read the entire series, this is probably my favorite. It is a delight when an author grows in skill and insight. It is absolutely wonderful when she gains in popularity without losing the quality and complexity that brought her to the top of the list in the first place. Brava, Ms. Winspear!
I am an avid eclectic reader
I enjoyed this pleasant story. The time after WW1 was the beginning of a great change for the role of women in society. This story helps document that change in a great story. Orlagh Cassidy did a superb job in narrating the story. This book leaves one uplifted and ready to face the daily challenges of life. Enjoy.
Another winner from Ms. Winspear! I love all of the Maisie Dobbs books and this one is no exception. This is the first one I have listened to on Audible. I enjoyed the narrator and thought she did an excellent job.
I enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. The intrepid Maisie Dobbs is once again on the case investigating the murder of an American solder who enlists as a cartographer for England during the war. There's intrigue, romance, and suspense that kept me interested from start to finish.
Self-admitted lazy reader who delights in listening to audiobooks!
I thoroughly enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series. I love the thoughtful approach she has to problem solving and dealing with others. I look forward to listening to each installment in the series. It is definitely worth the credit spent.
Orlagh Cassidy is one of my favorite narrators. She shifts voices between characters beautifully and with amazing consistency. She truly brings the story to life.
I love these books. I was fortune enough to listen to them in the order they were written. Maisie is a wonderful character, as is Billy, Maurice, Lady Rowen, Dad, everyone. This is the most recent book and Maisie is beginning to come out from under the cloud that her wartime service left behind. She sees light at the end of the tunnel. Maisie's life takes a big change at the end of the book. I can't wait to to see where she goes next.
The mystery was excellent as usual but these books are about more than just the mystery. Winspear does an excellent job making the various characters, even the ones who only appear long enough to get killed, real. You are sorry their lives are cut short. The narration is perfect!!
While I jumped ahead of the sequence in this series, I was quickly caught up in the history of the characters. The narrator was excellent, comfortable to listen to and handled dialects very well. The story moved gently along, and I did not wish for it to be more fast-paced. The story was quite complex, developing twists and turns that kept me eager to hear more. I enjoyed it and am looking now for my next Maisie.
Maisie had to be my favorite character in this novel. She was a new character to me and was developed very well by the author.
This is the first performance of Orlagh Cassidy for me, but hope to hear more. She has a very comfortable voice to listen to; both her clarity and pace is excellent.
The book kept me interested, intrigued and eager to continue, and I did get a little misty at the end - but nothing "extreme".
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