Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander."
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air, on Maisie Dobbs


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. Her very first case involves suspected infidelity but reveals something very different.
 
In the aftermath of the Great War, a former officer has founded a working farm known as The Retreat, that acts as a convalescent refuge for ex-soldiers too shattered to resume normal life. When Fate brings Maisie a second case involving The Retreat, she must finally confront the ghost that has haunted her for over a decade.

Baker & Taylor
In her first case, private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I. Reissue.

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Private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.

Publisher: New York : Soho, 2014
ISBN: 9781616954079
1616954078
Branch Call Number: Mystery Win
Characteristics: 295 p. 20 cm

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mimimcl
Apr 07, 2018

Better to read "Pardonable Lies" and "To Die but Once" to get the feel of the character, then go back and read this to get Maisie's background before WWI. The person who thought it was boring, might have started here, but once you have gotten used to the character, it is interesting to read of some of things that shaped her. Great feeling of the atmosphere before WWI. My US Marine uncle died the day after the war ended, from injuries suffered on patrol the day the armistice was signed. Buried in France.

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superreader64
Apr 07, 2018

I thought this book was boring. Not enough conflict for me. Where is the mystery? It seems like a lot of people liked the book, but I didn't. The only thing I liked about the book was the historical details on the war. I have no desire to read more of these books.

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bluehydrangea
Mar 04, 2018

A very deliberate writing style that, over time, seemed to suit the characters and story. Plenty of room left for development, which can only be good for a series...

ArapahoeMarcia Sep 20, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this book - the first in a long series. The author has woven a wonderful story with incredible characters. I can't wait to read the next in the series.

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Rubicat
May 02, 2017

I've found another favorite series, author and detective. An extremely enjoyable book and I can't wait to get the next in this series. I look forward to weeks of enjoyment with Ms. Winspear's novels.

VaughanPLZena Mar 14, 2017

For those who like their mysteries with historical detail, social context and fully developed characters with a back story, then Maisie Dobbs, set in England in the aftermath of World War One, is for you.

LPL_KimberlyL Jan 07, 2017

I was craving tea the entire time I read this book! Maisie Dobbs is certainly a likable and clever heroine, though I can only assume she is developed further throughout the series. While the mystery itself was interesting--the best part of the novel involved the flashback to Maisie's past, which will appeal to fans of Downton Abbey (like myself) and those who also enjoy Upstairs, Downstairs.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

I liked this book, the characters, the WWI fiction and the upstairs downstairs aspects. There is a lot of good stuff here but personally I like a bit more grit to my mysteries.

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redworc
Aug 16, 2016

Enjoyed this very much and looking forward to reading more.

cals_peggy Oct 06, 2015

A cozy mystery set in London right after WW1 with a female protagonist. This novel gives the reader a since of life in London right after the war. This is the first novel in the series.

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Apr 14, 2012

"...It is interesting, Maisie, how a time of war can give a human being purpose. Especially when that purpose, that power, so to speak, is derived from something so essentially evil."

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