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Product Details

  • Series: Maisie Dobbs (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062049605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062049605
  • ASIN: 0062049607
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (511 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Months after Usha Pramal is murdered in London, Scotland Yard—having declared the crime a cold case—contracts with Maisie Dobbs for help. But the day before psychologist and investigator Maisie is to meet with Usha’s friend and fellow countrywoman Maya Patel, Maya is killed in the same manner as Usha. Maisie wonders who would have wanted to kill Usha, by all accounts an exceptionally beautiful, caring, and well-educated woman who comforted others with her touch and remedies. As Maisie looks into the status of Indian women in England, her own desire to travel deepens, leading to further conundrums involving both her would-be fiancé, James Compton, and her business. The cross-cultural theme adds another dimension to Winspear’s London of 1933, with its lingering traces of World War I and ominous rumblings of World War II. This tenth Maisie Dobbs mystery continues the series’ high quality, capturing a time and place and featuring a protagonist as compassionate as she is intuitive. A fine historical mystery with broad appeal. --Michele Leber

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“Delves deeply into [Maisy’s] complicated relationships and hints at a compelling future.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“The cross-cultural theme adds another dimension to Winspear’s London of 1933….This tenth Maisie Dobbs mystery continues the series’ high quality, capturing a time and place and featuring a protagonist as compassionate as she is intuitive. A fine historical mystery with broad appeal.” (Booklist)

“Parting is such sweet sorrow….Winspear adroitly weaves a mystery involving tensions with race, class, and even love….Highly recommended for fans of strong women detectives.” (Susan Moritz, Library Journal)

“To remain connected to life’s possibilities, one’s mind must be open to change….It’s a concept that Winspear explores with grace and generosity in Leaving Everything Most Loved.” (Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“Psychology and private investigation: an unlikely combination of professions, especially for a woman in the 1930s. And yet Maisie Dobbs does both, brilliantly.” (Adam Woog, Seattle Times Book Review)

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

Story line is well written, characters developing fully throughout the series.
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When I want to read a really good book and take my time with it I know I can count on Maisie.
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Ms Winspear is a wonderful writer and I so enjoy reading her Maisie Dobbs books.
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147 of 153 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2013
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The year is 1933, and certain Englishmen are secretly preparing for another war with Germany. One of them is James Compton, Maisie Dobbs's friend and lover. Maisie, a former nurse, is a psychologist and private inquiry agent with close ties to Scotland Yard. Her latest investigation centers on twenty-seven year old Usha Pramal, a stunning woman who was "clever and headstrong." Miss Pramal, a trained teacher from India, had been living in London for the past seven years. She had been saving up money and planned to return to her homeland to establish a school for disadvantaged girls. Before she had a chance to fulfill her dream, however, an unidentified assailant shot her in the head.

Usha's brother sails to England to claim his sister's body and discover what happened to her and why. After the official search for Usha's killer ends in failure, her brother appeals for help to Maisie, who has a reputation for intelligence, keen insight, compassion, and tenacity. She is methodical, has an impressive understanding of the human mind, and uses her knowledge and experience to excellent advantage. To Maisie, "truth should always prevail."

"Leaving Everything Most Loved," by Jacqueline Winspear, finds the thirty-six year old Maisie at a turning point. James has asked her to marry him and she is tempted to accept his proposal. However, she has endured a lengthy healing process after her traumatic wartime experiences left her wounded in body and soul. Now that she is an independent woman with her own business, she is reluctant to give up her personal freedom to be the wife of a rich and titled man (James is actually Viscount Compton), no matter how much she cares for him.
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Maisie Dobbs, a London costermonger's daughter, lost her mother at 13 and became a housemaid for the wealthy Compton family, where she met and was mentored by the much admired doctor and psychologist Maurice Blanche. Thanks to the good doctor, Maisie got a Cambridge education, then it was off to the battlefields of France as a nursing sister, where she'd treat the war wounded and lose the man she loved. On her return to London, with Dr. Blanche's help, she set up what would become a highly successful practice as a psychologist and investigator (and became the star of nine hugely popular Jacqueline Winspear mysteries.) Eventually, Maisie would inherit Dr. Blanche's estate, become rich in her own right and find a new love, the Comptons' son James, who, like her, had lost a first love in the Great War.

Book #10 in the series--set in 1933, as was its predecessor--opens with Maisie having decided that she'll never be able to walk in her late mentor's footsteps until she sees more of the world. And the only way to do that is to "leave everything most loved" for awhile... say, maybe, six months? As she struggles and juggles the how and when and where of all that, she's hired by the victim's brother to investigate the murder of a much admired young woman from India, who'd come to London as a governess for a British family. As the puzzling and increasingly complex case continues, Maisie realizes that India, where this young woman had hoped to open a school for girls, is where she wants to go. Meanwhile, James will soon be off to Canada to help design and build warplanes to fight Hitler, and is hoping to take Maisie with him as his wife.

Will Maisie go to India? Or Canada? And, if/when she does, what'll become of Billy and Sandra and dear old Dad?
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I long since passed the point where I grab anything that has the name Jacqueline Winspear on the cover. I'm pretty sure that I'd buy her grocery shopping list. Leaving Everything Most Loved didn't give me any reason to change my mind.

What Winspear does exceptionally well, in the Maisie Dobbs novels (10 years of them? Already?!), is give us a vignette into the (fictional) life of a woman in a fascinating era. As I heard her explain in person during a book signing last year, the "time between the wars" in Britain was a unique time, and quite a turning point. For one thing, there was a whole community of single women who would always stay single, since so many of the eligible bachelors were killed in The War. It was a time of rapid technological change, and society had to adjust. And from the early 30s on -- such as 1933 where this novel is set -- there was the looming danger of yet another war, which many people understandably did not want to confront.

In each novel, Winspear has gotten me to think consciously about "what this meant in the 1930s," at the same time she's giving me a puzzler of a whodunnit. In this book, it's the notion of changing culture, and how we accept (or fail to accept) those who have a different background from us. Books that both entertain us AND make us thoughtful are precious.

The context here is the murder of a young woman from India, which Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate after Scotland Yard let the trail go cold. Maisie has to figure out who the young woman was -- a governess who followed a family back to London only to end up working as a cleaning woman -- as well as who might want to kill her. And, of course, there's the continuing tale of Maisie's own life (is she ready to marry? should she see the world a little, first?
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