Maisie Dobbs

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Penguin Books, 2004 - Fiction - 294 pages
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Hailed by NPR's Fresh Air as part Testament of Youth, part Dorothy Sayers, and part Upstairs, Downstairs, this astonishing debut has already won fans from coast to coast and is poised to add Maisie Dobbs to the ranks of literature's favorite sleuths.

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence—and the patronage of her benevolent employers—she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

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An endearing introduction to a female detective. - LibraryThing
The writing is wonderful. - LibraryThing
I just wish the writing itself were better. - LibraryThing
I also found the writing style too twee for me. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - themythicalcodfish - LibraryThing

I absolutely LOATHED this book. I found the writing style stilted and difficult to read, the time jumps were irritating, and I had no empathy for the main character whatsoever. I forced myself to finish it for my own literary good, but I won't be reading anything more in the series. Read full review

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User Review  - devafagan - LibraryThing

I quite enjoyed this! It had the feeling of some of my favorite comfort reads, though the WWI and post-war trauma elements added some considerably more uncomfortable moments (as they should). I found ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in Kent, in the south of England.  In 1990, after a career in publishing in London, she moved to California.

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