April 1932. After Michael's remains are unearthed in France, his parents retain London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs, hoping she can find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among their late son's belongings. It is a quest that leads Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love and to the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his dugout. Suddenly an exposed web of intrigue and violence threatens to ensnare the dead soldier's family and even Maisie herself as she attempts to cope with the impending loss of her mentor and the unsettling awareness that she is once again falling in love.
Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other national bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book.
Find out more about Jacqueline at her website, www.jacquelinewinspear.com, and find her on Facebook.
First a look at how Maisie got her start.
Maisie Dobbs got her start as a maid in an aristocratic London household when she was thirteen. Her employer, suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, soon became her patron, taking the remarkably bright youngster under her wing. Lady Rowan's friend, Maurice Blanche, often retained as an investigator by the European elite, recognized Maisie’s intuitive gifts and helped her earn admission to the prestigious Girton College in Cambridge, where Maisie planned to complete her education.
The outbreak of war changed everything. Maisie trained as a nurse, then left for France to serve at the Front, where she found—and lost—an important part of herself. Ten years after the Armistice, in the spring of 1929, Maisie sets out on her own as a private investigator, one who has learned that coincidences are meaningful, and truth elusive.
Book Description from Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs Mysteries Book 1)
Maisie has come a long way since her first first case as a private investigator. Not only has she grown as a person but her intuitive and investigative skills have matured along with her. It is 1932 and she has been hired by the parents of Michael Clifton to investigate his death and to find the nurse whose love letters were found along with his other possessions. An easy enough job it seems until Michael's parents are the victims of an attack. It doesn't take long for Maisie to figure out that Michael was not killed in the line of duty but was murdered.
My fascination with the Maisie Dobbs' series is the way Jacqueline Winspear keeps the story moving while building up the mystery until the very end. If you enjoy historical fiction with a feisty heroine you will love Maisie Dobbs. The Mapping of Love and Death is book seven in the series but each book is a stand alone read. But you might want to take a look at the whole series.
Month of Maisie Readalong
for Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series
To celebrate the release of Jacqueline Winspear’s 11th novel in the Maisie Dobbs series,
A Dangerous Place,
TLC Book Tours is hosting a series blog tour during the month of March.
March 2nd – 6th – The first nine books in the Maisie Dobbs series
March 9th – 13th – Leaving Everything Most Loved
March 16th – 20th – A Dangerous Place
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I have not been financially compensated for my review, all opinions are my own.