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User Review  - maneekuhi - LibraryThing

"Maisie Dobbs" (MD) is the first in a series of thirteen crime fiction(?) novels by Jacqueline Winspear featuring her ace investigator, Maisie Dobbs. I became attracted to this series by a review I ... Read full review

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User Review  - shannon.dolgos - LibraryThing

I was introduced to Maisie Dobbs by a library patron. I am so glad she shared! When she is discovered by her employer, Lady Rowan, in the library in the wee hours of the morning pouring over a book ... Read full review

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User Review  - fbswss - LibraryThing

Excellent historical mystery, artful writing going back from present to past (which I usually hate), compelling supporting characters, but a little TOO perfect heroine/protagonist for whom all of life ... Read full review

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User Review  - lauralkeet - LibraryThing

Maisie Dobbs’ first case starts out as an investigation for a client who suspects his wife is cheating on him. But in the process, she learns about a secluded retreat for wounded soldiers, which is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessiqa - LibraryThing

This is the first in series starring the titular Maisie Dobbs as a detective in mid-late 1920s London. World War I is still fresh on everyone's minds and plays a large role in the narrative, both in a ... Read full review

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User Review  - EadieB - LibraryThing

Maisie Dobbs was an interesting blend of history and mystery. In the first section of the book, Maisie is setting up her shop as a private investigator. The second section is a flashback of Maisie ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

Book on CD narrated by Rita Barrington This is the first in a series featuring a former housemaid and Army Nurse. The book begins in 1929, and Maisie Dobbs has opened her own private investigation ... Read full review

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Maisie Dobbs is the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. The story starts in 1929, when thirty-two-year-old Maisie is setting up her own private investigation business. She has taken over the business of her mentor, Maurice Blanche, and is supported by her patron, Lady Rowan Compton and the very capable office caretaker, Billy Beale. Her first client is convinced his wife is being unfaithful: an easy case to solve, but it leads Maisie into a very different investigation, partly out of curiosity, and partly on behalf of Lady Compton. The novel is divided into three parts, with the middle section describing Maisie’s life from her early teens through her involvement in the Great War, a history that proves very relevant to her investigation. Winspear has created a fascinating heroine: clever, wise, considerate, philosophical, with a good knowledge of psychology and a strong intuitive endowment. Alexander McCall Smith describes Maisie Dobbs as “a real gift”. In this novel, Winspear touches on desertion, “shell shock” (perhaps better known these days as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), cowardice, disfiguring injuries and adjusting to post-war life. Maisie Dobbs was a nominee for Best Novel in the Edgar Award 2004. This historical mystery is a moving and thought-provoking read. 

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User Review  - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing

I don't usually like mysteries, but I really enjoyed this. Maisie is a great woman. The back story is what makes this book so wonderful. Read full review

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