Maisie Dobbs is back and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.
It's the late 1920s and Maisie has set herself up as a 'Psychologist and Investigator' (according to her brass nameplate). She's been employed to find the only daughter of a wealthy and self-made businessman, so she sets out to find out as much as she can about the girl, including who her friends are - but the friends are all dead - recently dead, having been poisoned and bayoneted, and at each murder is a small, white feather. Readers familiar with the period may well have figured out much of the case ahead of Maisie but that's not really the point as the journey with Maisie is so enjoyable and absorbing. (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
The eponymous heroine of Winspear's promising debut, Maisie Dobbs, continues to beguile in this chilling, suspenseful sequel set in England a decade after the end of the Great War.
Booklist - GraceAnne DeCandido
Sinking into a novel this good is as satisfying as sinking into a good leather chair we know we are in for the duration, and it feels right.....Maisie, who has gone from being in service to a graduate of Girton at Cambridge, is as intelligent and engaging a sleuth as one might desire the period touches, from clothing to manners, are not only elegantly presented but unostentatious.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by jojo love this book I have not quite finished the cd but love it and the reader. There is so much to ponder. I really like the slow paced but intriguing plot. One thing I love about this book is there is no bad language. Often, I have to take books back to the... Read More
Rated of 5
by Melissa Hooked I'm not sure I would enjoy this as much if I were "reading" it rather than listening to it as I am on audio book. It is a British author, which certainly gives it more flavor than the strictly American version I would be giving it in my own... Read More
Jacqueline Winspear was
born and raised in England. She emigrated to
the United States in 1990, and while working
in business and as a personal/professional
coach, embarked upon a life-long dream to be
All three of her books to date, Maisie
Dobbs, Birds of a Feather and
Pardonable Lies (to be published in
August) are set in the late 1920’s and early
1930’s, with the roots of each story tracing
back to the 'Great War', 1914-1918.
Winspear's grandfather was severely wounded
and shell-shocked at The Battle of the Somme...
The nineth Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery, set in Post-World War I England. Rutledge is called on to prove the innocence of a man he dislikes and distrusts. But the deadly triangle also stirs up memories of the woman he himself loved and lost when he went to France to fight.
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