I share my Kindle account with my daughters and sometimes books that I never ordered appear mysteriously on my Kindle. When Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs made a surprise appearance I was intrigued and as soon as I started it, I could not put it down! A combination of Downton Abbey meets a young Miss Marple but with a bit of a twist, since Maisie Dobbs, although not an aristocrat can move with ease between “upstairs and downstairs” due to her interesting and unique background. Smart, curious and insightful, Maisie Dobbs is a fascinating character on her own, but Winspear also provides great supporting characters who add both glamour and integrity to the story. Luckily this is just the first in this sereis and there will be many more opportunities to get to know Maisie Dobbs.
Now that the war is over, Maisie Dobbs is finally able to do what she has wanted to do for as long as she can remember-open her own office of investigation. As the daughter of a poor farmer it seemed impossible that this day could ever come, but her fortunes changed when she became a maid in the aristocratic Compton household. There her innate curiosity and intelligence were recognized by the indefatigable suffragette, Lady Rowena Compton and her good friend, Maurice Blanche. Blanche, who was often hired to discreetly investigate matters for the wealthy and well connected, took Maisie under his wing and taught her the skills she would need to become a detective.
When war broke out, however, those plans had to be put on hold, and Maisie became a nurse on the front lines. Now, ten years after the Armistice of 1918 was signed Maise is ready to embark on her new career. Her first case seems like a mundane case of infidelity, but as Maise investigates further she finds that the woman whose husband suspects of infidelity has a larger more complicated secret involving a soldier convalescing at The Retreat, a place for soldiers disfigured by the war. Just when Maisie thinks she has solved her first case, another case also involving The Retreat turns up and now Maisie must not only confront the horrors of the war, both past and present to find answers for her clients but must also tackle her own ghosts from the past.
Brenda’s Rating: ****(4 Out of 5 Stars)
Recommend this book to: Sharon, Marian and Lauren.
Book Study Worthy? Sure
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