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Maisie Dobbs (Book 1) Paperback – May 25, 2004
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"The reader familiar with Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency... might think of Maisie Dobbs as its British counterpart.... Winspear, who intends to write a series featuring Maisie Dobbs, has created a winning character about whom readers will want to read more." —The Associated Press
"[Maisie Dobbs] catches the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman." —The Chicago Tribune
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Once Maisie Dobbs was a domestic servant with little expectation of anything else aside from rising within the ranks. However, thanks to the sponsorship of her employer, Lady Rowan Compton, who quickly realised that there was something really special about the thirteen year old, Maisie was given an education. Now, Maisie is a young woman and eager to make her mark; and thanks to the tutorship of Lady Rowan's good friend, Maurice Blanche (a renowned detective himself), Maisie is ready to embark on her first case. Unfortunately, it looks as if her first case is going to be a case of marital infidelity: Mr. Davenham suspects that his much younger wife, Celia, is having an affair; and he wants Maisie to either confirm his worst fears or else refute them. Little does Mr. Davenham realise, however, that Maisie is no ordinary detective. A highly intuitive and empathic young woman, Maisie senses Mr. Davenham's anguish over his wife's alleged infidelity and is resolved to help the Davenhams repair their strained marital bond. Her investigation however leads her to a graveyard, and to a grave marked only with a simple tombstone and a name -- Vincent. A casual search turns up other graves -- all memorialized with tombstones and first names only. Something about the whole thing awakens Maisie's misgivings, and trusting her instincts she decides to widen her investigation, never dreaming just how much this investigation will affect her...Read more ›
We first meet Maisie Dobbs in 1929 when she is moving into her first office in London. A private detective, Maisie has been tutored and apprenticed by a Dr. Maurice Blanche who is highly regarded in London's social circles.
Her first case seems rather ordinary when a man suspects his wife of cheating on him. Following the woman in question, Maisie finds a lady mourning a childhood friend killed during W.W.I. But more than that Maisie also uncovers a rather sinister plot involving a farmhouse used as a retreat for men unable to rejoin society. Called the Retreat it holds the answer to why certain war heroes met untimely deaths while living at the Retreat.Read more ›
Three mysteries unfold simultaneously. Avril Jarvis, age 13, is arrested for the murder of her "uncle" when she is found with a knife in her hand and blood on her clothes. Penniless, she has no counsel until Maisie takes a case involving Sir Cecil Lawton, whom she persuades to represent Avril as part of her fee. Sir Cecil's son Ralph disappeared during the war in France, and his wife, believing him still alive, has exacted a deathbed promise that Sir Cecil will search for him. In addition, one of Maisie's friends from the Ambulance Corps, now married to a wealthy author in France, has begged her to try to find where the third of her brothers died and was buried in France.
The horrors of World War I pervade the novel, and when Maisie goes to France, these horrors come alive, for both the reader and for Maisie, as she learns she must "slay her dragons" at last.Read more ›
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I enjoyed reading this book...It was a good mystery but I also enjoyed the historical aspect of it.Published 4 hours ago by Carole Efron
This is my second read of the Maisie Dobbs Series. They are well written and thoroughly researched. The period is just before WWI aka the Great War. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Rosalie McCreary
Great character development, mystery and intrigue, strong woman character. Love it!Published 1 day ago by AKR
GREAT READ. KEEPS YOUR INTEREST THROUGHOUT. BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS. SHOULD READ THEM IN ORDER.Published 2 days ago by annf
Another great story. Jacqueline Winspear bring Maisie Dobbs to life again in this post 1st world war story of intrigue. Thanks for the good read.Published 3 days ago by Jacqueline Richardson
War-torn lives provide excellent ingredients for this we-constructed novel--logical, efficient, and difficult to put down! Looking forward to next in the series.Published 6 days ago by Jan E. Albrecht
The first of a series I am sure I will continue to enjoy. I first read a later book and had to come to the first one to start off and get all the background.Published 7 days ago by Sharon Moseson
I really like British mysteries, and I did enjoy this, however I got tired of the "posturing" imitations, and the ending seemed a bit strange. Read morePublished 10 days ago by J. Penney