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Among The Mad

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Excellent, as is every Winspear book. She brings the story to life and accurately depicts the social scene of the times in a truly believable tale of both mystery and the tragedy of a war-scarred nation. Read full review


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Winspear's sixth Maisie Dobbs novel opens on Christmas Eve 1931, as Maisie witnesses an injured war veteran-turned-beggar blow himself up on a crowded London street. This tragic event turns sinister ... Read full review

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A delightful engaging book with a wonderful, memorable cast of characters. My favorite of course is Maisie. She is unique in personality and her approach to solving cases, a complex blend of intelligence, thoughtfulness, and warmth, a strong woman who takes great care to maintain her impeccable integrity. The supporting characters are just as individual, multidimensional and real, giving the book a homespun feel. The book is set in the 1930’s and Maisie is by today’s standards, a psychological profiler, but of course is guided more by intuition as present day knowledge and techniques are not yet in existence. The topics presented are well researched and thought provoking and touch on such timeless issues as post traumatic stress, depression, unemployment, mental illness and the obligation of a society to its war veterans. Winspear also gives the reader splendid descriptions of 1931 London and the surrounding countryside. The pace of this cozy mystery is slow, much like the lifestyle of this era, and the plotting is tight, a great combination for a most enjoyable and satisfying read. 

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