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MAISIE DOBBS

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A romance/investigation debut novel set firmly in the spiritual aftermath of WWI.Maisie Dobbs, recently turned private investigator in 1929 England, had been a nurse back during the war to end all wars, so she knows about wounds—both those to the body and those to the soul. It's just a month after she sets up shop that she gets her first interesting case: What initially looks like just another ... 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. 

Review: Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1)

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Stepping outside my usual reading comfort zone of “literary fiction,” I thought I'd try the first in this 10-book series. I admit to being intrigued by the book cover and intrigued by the awards the ... Read full review

Review: Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1)

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Great read. I really liked the writing and how she set the story up. It made the story line unpredictable like some mysteries can be. I really came to like the character Maisie, as well as her friends. I could see myself reading more Maisie Dobbs books. Read full review

Review: Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1)

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A very poignant and riveting story. Loved it!!! But gave it 4 stars because of the ending. No spoilers but was very disappointed at the end. I just felt heartbroken. She was just like all the rest.... Read full review

Review: Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1)

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The delightful story of Maisie Dobbs a young housemaid with an inquisitive mind. Maisie is found out, she has been spending time in the house library reading. She is not sacked, as she expects but ... Read full review

Review: Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1)

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E a slow start, and the timeline jumping about was quite confusing. I did however want to see what happened. Reserving judgement till I've read the second in the Maisie Dobbs series. Read full review

Review: Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1)

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First time I've encountered a pure, undiluted Mary Sue in a non-fanfic setting. Masie is plucky and brilliant and her dark blue eyes can see right through you and everyone loves her! Oh, and she's psychic. Boring. As. Hell. Read full review

Review: Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1)

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The mystery part was definitely slow going without much to it, but I absolutely adore Maisie. I'm a sucker for a WWI backstory, I guess. Read full review

Review: Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1)

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Maisie, a young detective in early 1920's Britain, is disturbed by coincidences involving young men injured in the Great War and a farm in the countryside. Nice book, slow moving, pleasantly narrated audiobook. Read full review

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