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Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs) Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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“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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have loved the Maisie Dobbs series, however this book and Elegy for Eddie became weighed down with too much teenage angst. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ms Illini
best yet of all her Maisie Dobbs novels. Looking forward to the next.Published 4 days ago by Kathleen W.Murphy
I learn new thing with every new Maisie book. This one focuses on racism while of course unraveling a crime. Read morePublished 13 days ago by julie m kuehnel
This book I thought was the best one in the Maisie Dobbs series. So far I have read all of them, and in order. What I really enjoyed about this book was the character development. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Patricia Gibbs
I love Winspear's writing -- and her image of women, and the step by step from mystery to answers!Published 1 month ago by pat
I have read all the books in the series up to this point and I love them all! Great find!Published 1 month ago by GrandmaJ