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User Review  - fromthecomfychair - LibraryThing

A fun mystery, although the writing is a little amateurish. The story became more interesting toward the end. I wonder if the writing and pacing improved in subsequent novels. I might try another, being the Anglophile that I am. Read full review

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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

I one hundred percent am not giving this a remotely fair chance, and I know that. I read a few pages and was totally bored, and I can't even remember why I wanted to read it except that people talk ... Read full review

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User Review  - MaureenCean - LibraryThing

This is really 3.5. Thought it was kind of blah starting out, and then found the transition to her earlier life in the middle of the book to be somewhat abrupt, but it really picked up and finished strong and interesting. Will continue with the series. Read full review

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User Review  - olduvai - LibraryThing

’ve been wanting to meet Maisie Dobbs for a while now. But with a series that has been running for a while now (9 books since 2003!), I felt a little intimidated. So many books! Was I too late to ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookwren - LibraryThing

Fascinating, compassionate, heart-wrenching, beautiful. I love Maisie the girl, the nurse, the lover, the independent investigator, but most of all, the compassionate woman. I love Maurice who ... Read full review

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I enjoyed reading about Maisie....a most interesting character.A romance/investigative novel and tho I I seldom read mysteries, it was quite good. May l, 2010 (on kindle)

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Me encantó este libro, a mi parecer está muy bn escrito...

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LJ: "this is a poignant and compelling story that explores war's lingering and insidious impact on its survivors." #1 in the series. PWR: "a delightful mix of mystery, war story and romance set in WWI–era England, humble housemaid Maisie Dobbs climbs convincingly up Britain's social ladder, becoming in turn a university student, a wartime nurse and ultimately a private investigator." No red flags. 12/12/2007 Story alternates between present 1929 where Maisie is establishing herself as a private investigator (using her prodigious powers of deduction) and her teen years where she moves from being the daughter of a costermonger to household servant to university student to WWI battlefield nurse. Lots of detail, moves elegantly slowly. 

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User Review  - tangledthread - LibraryThing

Listened to the first story in this series and really enjoyed it. Read full review

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User Review  - saradiann - LibraryThing

This is the book that made me obsessed not only with Maisie Dobbs, but female spy novels in general. Read full review

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