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Product Details

  • Series: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries
  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062049575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062049575
  • ASIN: 0062049577
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Long before the Downton Abbey craze, Jacqueline Winspear was writing remarkable mysteries about life in England circa WWI.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Compelling.” (People (3 ½ out of 4 stars))

“A detective series to savor.” (Johanna McGeary, Time)

“A series that seems to get better with every entry.” (Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal)

“When people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear...Winspear chronicles the uncharted, sometimes rocky path chosen by her protagonist and delivers results that are educational, unique, and wonderful.” (Deirdre Donahue, USA Today)

“For as long as each novel lasts, we live in Maisie’s suspenseful, intelligent world.” (Evelyn Theiss, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“[Catches] the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Engages the mind and enriches the heart.” (Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“A heroine to cherish.” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)

“Terrific....Maisie is one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting.” (Parade)

“For readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P.D. James’s Cordelia Gray, Maisie Dobbs is spot on.” (Hallie Ephron, Boston Globe)

“Maisie Dobbs is a revelation.” (Alexander McCall Smith)

“Excellent….The involved plot is as good as any in the series, and the resolution is intelligently complex.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Like any typical PI, Maisie is preternaturally acute and given to noticing tiny details, but it’s her compassion that allows her to illuminate some of the most pressing and staggeringly painful issues of her day, delivering unexpected answers and sense of peace to her clients-and her readers.” (Nathalie Gorman, O, the Oprah Magazine)

“Reading Jacqueline Winspear’s Elegy for Eddie, the solid-gold ninth installment in a wonderful mystery series that shows no signs of flagging, you can’t help thinking that her nurse-turned psychologist-turned sleuth would make an ideal PBS heroine.” (Robert Bianco, USA Today)

“A work of great humanity and a stellar entry in a superb series.” (Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

From the Back Cover

Maisie Dobbs—psychologist, investigator, and "one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting" (Parade)—returns in a chilling adventure, the latest chapter in Jacqueline Winspear's bestselling series.

Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—sellers of fruit and vegetables on the streets of London—Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are deeply skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie—and why?

Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death. Plunging into the investigation, Maisie begins her search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth where Eddie had lived and where she had grown up. The inquiry quickly leads her to a callous press baron; a has-been politician named Winston Churchill, lingering in the hinterlands of power; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done.

The story of a London affected by the march to another war years before the first shot is fired and of an innocent victim caught in the crossfire, Elegy for Eddie is Jacqueline Winspear's most poignant and powerful novel yet.

More About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Among the Mad and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

Customer Reviews

Maisie is a great character and all of the books are very well written and interesting.
Maisie is incredulous, since everyone liked Eddie; most people thought of him as a gentle soul with a special gift for settling restless horses.
E. Bukowsky
I have read all the books in the series, and I always look forward to a Maisie Dobbs novel.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

226 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Isch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 28, 2012
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In several years of browsing these pages, I've discovered that when Amazon reviewer/English professor Julia M. Walker recommends something in the mystery genre, it's worth looking into. Which is how I became belatedly acquainted some six or seven months ago with Maisie Dobbs, the Lambeth costermonger's daughter. Over the course of the eight novels that precede this one, Maisie has gone from teenage housemaid, to student at Cambridge, to World War I battlefield nurse, to owner of her own London practice as a psychologist and investigator and--most recently--heir to her mentor's fortune and lover of an heir to another fortune. Lately, I've noticed, Ms. Walker has been worrying that as Maisie's success grows, she's seemed to be losing touch with her humble beginnings. Looks like author Winspear's been on the same wavelength.

In book #9, set in 1933, a contingent of her father's old pals come to Maisie seeking help finding the truth behind the violent "accident" that killed their slow-but-gentle mutual friend Eddie. Maisie and her assistant Billy Beale will barely have begun looking into the matter when two others connected to Eddie - a bully who'd taunted him since childhood and a journalist--also turn up dead, and Billy will be found beaten to within an inch of his life on a sidewalk near a pub where he'd been chatting up some of Eddie's co-workers.

Meanwhile, an increasingly restless Maisie will be wrestling mightily with trying to find a comfortable fit for herself within the rags-to-riches life she's so recently and unexpectedly been dealt. And a guy named Churchill, who's been turning up at social events on James and Maisie's calendar, is getting more and more worried about what that guy named Hitler is up to.
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In this ninth novel of the series we find Maisie working to solve the mystery of the death of a boy from her childhood community, Eddie Pettit. Maisie is petitioned by friends of her father who are costermongers (great word!) working the Covet Garden area in London to look into the circumstances around his death. The investigation takes her from the lowest to the highest classes in British society and expands beyond the scope of the death of a simple working class boy to matters that deal with national security.
The Maisie Dobbs books are really not mysteries in the true who dunnit sense. They are more about the life and customs of Londoners in the time between the World Wars. For those who haven't read any of this series Maisie is a rags to riches character. She was born in Lambeth the daughter of a costermonger, sent into service as a house maid, mentored by the lord and lady of the house and allowed an education. She was a nurse in WWI and like so many women lost her fiancée in the war. She studies with a famous psychological detective and upon his death inherits his fortune. She struggles with her place in society, never totally comfortable with those she grew up with nor totally at ease with the upper classes she now socializes with. She has an active love life but can never seem to settle for the somewhat restricted life of a married woman in the 1930s.
I think I like these books so well for their historical setting. The time period between the wars saw major changes in British society. The always rigid class system was breaking down, women were joining the workforce, and the transition from horses to automobiles was taking place.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Earl A. Myers, Jr. on April 12, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of the Maisie Dobbs; however, I am somewhat mystified by Maisie's handling of her knowledge that three people were murdered, and she somehow is able to justify their killings to protect British national security. Yes, one of the characters was villainous and unsympathetic, causing the death of an unknown brother, but the other two deaths were directly attributed to an industrialist working hand-in-hand with government officials to propagandize the citizenry about the pending threat posed by Nazi Germany.

While it is true that Hitler was secretly building war machinery and terrorizing those that opposed him, particularly the Jewish population, it is also true that the events in this story were taking place in the early '30s and most, including Maisie, would not feel that they were in imminent danger; hence, why would logic presume that Maisie would compromise her integrity and moral values to a glib, however prophetic,unconscionable individual. The demise of an investigative writer is certainly puzzling and no explanation is ever fully revealed.The outbreak of WWII and Britain's role in the conflict eventually bore out the industrialist's predictions, but that was in the future and Maisie's decision-making ran very contrary to her heretofore thoughtful insights and probity.

Also, it is becoming a bit tiresome that Maisie is continually vacillating about her affections for her male companion. We all know that she was deeply affected by the wartime death of her former lover, but it is time for her to get over it and make a commitment one way or the other. Were British women really that stand-offish prior to WWII?

In spite of the negativity of this review, Ms. Windspear still ranks among the top authors fictionally writing about this period of British history. I respect this genre that has mystery and suspense without being graphic and gory.
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