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The Mapping of Love and Death

A Maisie Dobbs Novel
Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
Series: Maisie Dobbs, Book 7
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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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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Didn't want it to end...best 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!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

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.

5 of 5 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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Believable Story

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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Keep 'em coming!

Yet another fantastic book with a fairly intricate and exciting plot.
Once again the narrator was absolutely superb.
I can't wait for the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Maisie keeps on going, growing

I like to write in an author's early books that it sometimes takes more than one book to get their sea legs. They improve their writing and thus the stories as a series evolves. That is certainly the case with Jacqueline Winspear. Not that she didn't already have her sea legs as this is the seventh book in the series and there have been some good ones already. But with this book she truly brings it all together.

In this book there is an American whose father was British who decided in 1914 that he wanted to go fight the Germans for King and country, he just got caught up in the fervor that often happens when a war breaks out. It turns out that he didn't survive the Great War and perished in France with his body not returned home or the circumstances of his death known. Then in 1932 his body along with some of his comrades is found buried in what must have been an underground bunker. His parents come to London and hire Maisie to find to find out what happened.

The author really out does herself in her character development and understanding of human nature in this book. In WWI Britain and France, along with Germany, took the full force of the long war, lots of people died and the ramifications of all that suffering lasted for years. The author brings that aspect to this story.

The author has a short post book author's note where she states that the Santa Barbara, CA newspaper had a story she read where even today the Brits are trying to identify all the dead and buried in France that they can after they are found. I'd think with DNA they would have a fighting chance but it's still a very tough job. The article talked of a dead soldier they'd found as possibly being American and they were looking for help identifying the remains. The author said the remains were never identified and his headstone lists him as an unknown soldier. She said that article was the inspiration for this book. Bring on book #8!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful