Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs

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Book - 2003
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She started as a maid in an aristocratic London household; studied her way into prestigious Girton College at Cambridge; then became a front-line nurse in World War I. There she found - and lost - an important part of herself. Now she has set up on her own as a private investigator, one who has learned that coincidences are meaningful. And Fate brings her a case that will force her to confront the ghost that has haunted her for over ten years. A welcome addition to the sleuthing scene' - Elizabeth George, author of I, Richard 'A rare treat for mystery fans' - Charles Todd'
Publisher: New York : Soho Press : Distributed by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003
ISBN: 9781569473306
1569473307
9781616954079
Branch Call Number: WINS
Characteristics: 294 p

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AL_MARCIA Sep 20, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this book - the first in a long series. The author has woven a wonderful story with incredible characters. I can't wait to read the next in the series.

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Rubicat
May 02, 2017

I've found another favorite series, author and detective. An extremely enjoyable book and I can't wait to get the next in this series. I look forward to weeks of enjoyment with Ms. Winspear's novels.

VaughanPLZena Mar 14, 2017

For those who like their mysteries with historical detail, social context and fully developed characters with a back story, then Maisie Dobbs, set in England in the aftermath of World War One, is for you.

LPL_KimberlyL Jan 07, 2017

I was craving tea the entire time I read this book! Maisie Dobbs is certainly a likable and clever heroine, though I can only assume she is developed further throughout the series. While the mystery itself was interesting--the best part of the novel involved the flashback to Maisie's past, which will appeal to fans of Downton Abbey (like myself) and those who also enjoy Upstairs, Downstairs.

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

I liked this book, the characters, the WWI fiction and the upstairs downstairs aspects. There is a lot of good stuff here but personally I like a bit more grit to my mysteries.

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redworc
Aug 16, 2016

Enjoyed this very much and looking forward to reading more.

cals_peggy Oct 06, 2015

A cozy mystery set in London right after WW1 with a female protagonist. This novel gives the reader a since of life in London right after the war. This is the first novel in the series.

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marthabwaters
Jul 06, 2015

A nice blend of historical fiction and mystery and - hooray! - it's the first in a lengthy series. Maisie is perhaps not the world's MOST fully-developed character (despite at least a third of this book being devoted to her backstory, I feel like I still struggled to understand fully what motivated her) but there is a lot of great historical detail, and the ending made me tear up. Looking forward to reading more.

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tofinoo
Jan 07, 2015

I was born in 1940 and my father was in the first war in 1917. He never spoke a word about it. Mom told us children he was an ambulance runner who, wounded on the battlefield, lay there for over two days. He could hardly breathe and died when I was 15. I was always sad and in reading these books, I think it was in my DNA. War effects the coming generations. Even today soldiers experience PST.

JCLAmyF Sep 10, 2014

Set a few years after the Great War has ended, Maisie is just setting up her investigation business and getting a few clients as a sole businesswoman. This book has a big old flashback to Maisie's later childhood and teen years, and her experience in the war.

A sober book, with very precise dialogue and characterization. Also nice attention to detail both in setting and action - for instance Maisie sometimes physically imitates the posture of someone else and then has a flash of intuition about what their state of mind is.

A unique, great mystery.

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LazyNeko
Apr 14, 2012

"...It is interesting, Maisie, how a time of war can give a human being purpose. Especially when that purpose, that power, so to speak, is derived from something so essentially evil."

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