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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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©2010 Jacqueline Winspear (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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“A sleuth to treasure.” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)

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  • Helen
  • Austin Texas
  • 03-30-10

Didn't want it to in series!

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!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Alexis
  • Richmond, CA, USA
  • 05-25-10

Probably the Best Winspear Yet!

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!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 10-23-10

The Mapping of Love and Death

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • janna
  • San Dimas, US, Canada
  • 05-03-10


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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

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.

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 07-02-10

intriguing ending

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).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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#6 may be the best yet

Great story...we learn much more about Maisie and her life takes new turns!!

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I feel all of the Jaqueline Winspear stories are well written and a good listen. Maisie Dobbs character grows on you through the books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mapping of Love and Death?

The moments with Maise and Morrise are so tender.

What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I equate Orlagh Cassidy with Maise Dobb's voice. I would miss Maise's voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book for a second time. The ending made me smile.

Any additional comments?

I love how this series of books brings in characters from the very first Maise Dobbs book and carries them through time.

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The Maisie Dobbs books are fun.

I love the period piece aspects; I love the characters; I love the stories. Perhaps not deep but always interesting! This part of the story serves well as an engaging and enjoyable "read."

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Where does The Mapping of Love and Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Which character – as performed by Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

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.

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