Review: Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Editorial Review - - Norah Piehl

ELEGY FOR EDDIE is the ninth Jacqueline Winspear novel starring Maisie Dobbs, and in many ways is the most mature and perceptive entry in the series thus far. In the previous installment, A LESSON IN SECRETS, Winspear seemed to start to turn Maisie's attention and, consequently, the trajectory of the series away from the Great War of the past and toward the uncertainties, conflicts and tragedies ... Read full review

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User Review  - shannon.dolgos - LibraryThing

In this novel, Maisie is approached by costers from her childhood, who are seeking to find answers to the untimely and tragic death of their friend, Eddie. As always, Maisie's investigation leads to a bigger investigation...ultimately changing the dynamics of the relationships around her. Read full review

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“Everything good has a dark side, even generosity. It can become overbearing, intimidating, even humiliating – and no one likes to think someone else is pulling the strings….”
Elegy For Eddie is
the ninth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and private investigator, is asked to investigate the supposedly accidental death of a simple man with an uncanny gift for dealing with horses. Eddie Pettit was well-known and loved amongst the costermongers of Covent Garden, former associates of Maisie’s father, Frankie, and they are sceptical about the circumstances of Eddie’s death.
As Billy Beale and Maisie try to discover a motive for his death, they learn that Eddie had certain special talents that were not apparent. Maisie discovers two other deaths that were ruled suicides but which strike her as suspicious, and Billy’s investigations land him in the hospital. His wife Doreen’s slowly-recovering mental health suffers a setback, and Maisie is taken to task for her need for control. Her relationship with James Compton takes a new direction, Maisie accepts counsel from an unexpected quarter and discovers a few surprising things about her father, her best friend’s husband and her lover.
This instalment is set in April 1933, against a background of increasing Fascism in Germany that signals the possibility of another war. Winspear touches on the power of the press, the subtle use of propaganda, and the balance between freedom of information and the need for national security, as well as the position of women in society. Winspear develops her main characters more fully and her plot takes a few unexpected turns. Another excellent Winspear mystery.

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