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Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs) Paperback – April 8, 2014
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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)
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It did give one the feel of the times, just after World War I, and the type of life people were living.Maisie driving round in her sports car gave one the picture of women starting to become independent and braking down the social barriers of society by being a crime investigator.
I intend to read more of Jacqueline Winnspear mysteries to see if Ms. Dobbs brings new or different experiences from that era to her adventures.
The murder victim comes across as the flattest of cardboard cutouts. On the one hand too good to be true: alluring, beautiful, mystical healing powers, on the other, a sociopath who manipulates those around her for , to me, unclear reasons -perhaps because she is living on another plane of existence?? No in between here.
The best part of the book is the insight into the lives of Indian immigrants in pre-war England.
However, I still love this series, because of the last 9 novels, and will be very excited to read the next one.
This newest book in the series is very intriguing. Detective Inspector Caldwell of the Scotland Yard murder squad, comes to Maisie with Mr Pramal, who has come to London to recover his sister's body, and wants Maisie to investigate her murder. As the police have made no progress in the two months since her body was found in a canal, he asked a friend for a reference, who suggested Daisie. Usha Pramal had been beautiful, a well educated woman who didn't want to marry, and had come to London from India with the family she had been with in India. She was also a healer of sorts who touched people to make them feel better. She left the family shortly after they arrived and went to live in a large home that took in Indian women who had no permanent job, but worked here and there to keep themselves. She had impressed people, and many expressed a great affection for her.
Maisie went to the boarding house and asked to see Usha's room. The police had told the owners that they should not touch it. When there, Maisie found a bag of money hidden in the mattress and takes it for safety. She also sets up a meeting with a young woman who'd been friends with Usha. She didn't show up, and her body also was found in the canal that day!
AS Maisie begins interviewing people who'd known Usha, she finds a lot of intertwining. One man went into a rant because Usha had given herbs to his wife which had stopped her debilitating headaches, claiming that she wasn't a doctor. Most were pleased with her help, and paid her. Some had known her well, and some just a little, but praised her.
Maisie also has another case on hand, a sixteen year old boy who had run away, and seems to have been one of the boys who found the Ursa's body. Although the other boys gave Maisie his name, it was just the transfer of first and last name of the runaway, with 'son' added. She's been unable to find him.
Maisie also has a personal problem. Her lover, James, wants to get married, but Maisie is considering going to India for a while, James is leaving for a time to help develop aircaft, as many are expecting another war. They decide that she will get in touch with him on a given date and say Yes, or No. If no, they will no longer be together at all.
The book is complex, a wonderful read. It's one of those books you think that you'll read just a little more before you put it down, but you just keep reading. You are left satisfied, and hoping for another in the series. I recommend it highly. The hard back book is 338 pages long.