Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander."
--Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air , on Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs got her start as a maid in an aristocratic London household when she was thirteen. Her employer, suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, soon became her patron, taking the remarkably bright youngster under her wing. Lady Rowan's friend, Maurice Blanche, often retained as an investigator by the European elite, recognized Maisie's intuitive gifts and helped her earn admission to the prestigious Girton College in Cambridge, where Maisie planned to complete her education.

The outbreak of war changed everything. Maisie trained as a nurse, then left for France to serve at the Front, where she found--and lost--an important part of herself. Ten years after the Armistice, in the spring of 1929, Maisie sets out on her own as a private investigator, one who has learned that coincidences are meaningful, and truth elusive. Her very first case involves suspected infidelity but reveals something very different.

In the aftermath of the Great War, a former officer has founded a working farm known as The Retreat, that acts as a convalescent refuge for ex-soldiers too shattered to resume normal life. When Fate brings Maisie a second case involving The Retreat, she must finally confront the ghost that has haunted her for over a decade.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, [2014], c2003
ISBN: 9781616954079
Branch Call Number: M WIN
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,22 cm


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Mar 04, 2018

A very deliberate writing style that, over time, seemed to suit the characters and story. Plenty of room left for development, which can only be good for a series...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Jul 27, 2014

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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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