Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs

By Jacqueline Winspear

  • Release Date: 2003-07-01
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 521 Ratings

Description

Lady Rowan Compton first met Maisie when, at thirteen, she went into service as a maid at her ladyship’s Belgravia mansion. A suffragette, Lady Rowan took the remarkably smart youngster under her wing and became her patron. She encouraged Maisie to study at Cambridge, and was aided in this by Maurice Blanche, a friend often retained as an investigator by the elite of Europe when discretion and results were required. It was he who first recognized Maisie’s intuitive gifts.

The outbreak of war changed everything. Maisie left for France to train as a nurse, then served at the front, where she fell in love with a handsome young doctor.

After the Armistice, in the spring of 1929, Maisie hangs out her shingle: M. Dobbs, Trade and Personal Investigations. Her very first case involves suspected infidelity but turns up something else, a tombstone with only a first name—Vincent. And then she finds another. The deceased had lived on a cooperative farm called The Retreat, a well-regarded convalescent refuge for those grievously wounded in the war, ex-soldiers too shattered to resume normal life. When Lady Rowan’s son makes plans to join the reclusive community, Maisie hurriedly investigates and finds a disturbing mystery at its core whose resolution gives her the courage to confront the ghost that has haunted her for ten years.

Reviews

  • Great first in a series novel

    5
    By NovaMolly
    I truly enjoyed this book, there were a few nights that I stayed up late just to read a few more chapters. The characters are likable and the story is interesting. The plot is relatable even though the story is set in the 1920s as it deals with war veterans and their ability to reintegrate in society after the war. I will be reading more of this series.
  • Maisie Dobbs

    4
    By millie's momma
    Very good book but fell flat in the end with no exploration of how she felt seeing her old flame disfigured and frozen in time. No grief no shock no nothing. Very disappointing resolution.
  • I loved this Novel...

    5
    By Lisa Barton
    This is how writing should be. I loved every page and was glued to it's every scene. The climax-be patient-does interestingly come at the end of the novel like most mysteries. Refreshing to read a novel that had withdrawn the sex and swearing. Finally! But was just pure unadulterated fun! A must read.
  • Maisie Dobbs

    5
    By Auntie Mame XOX
    Compelling in its finish. The Great War romanticized, yet reflected with compassionate intuitiveness. Yes, I'll read #2…and on and on. A five star read! "Let's get on with it."
  • Maisie Dobbs

    5
    By R2612
    Great read!! Looking forward to the next one in the series.
  • Book

    4
    By Beth12fj
    Great book looking forward to the rest of the series.
  • Maudie Dobbs

    5
    By Lame+1
    Great read with historical insights
  • Maisie Dobbs

    4
    By gp reads
    I enjoyed this book. I had just finished watching Downton Abbey series and was glad to travel back into that era. Very enjoyable indeed!
  • Maisie Dobbs

    5
    By Su Nina
    Perfect balance of history, mystery & romance.
  • Maisie Dobbs

    4
    By Phoebederm
    Lovely book. Well written and easy going. Easy to enjoy characters and their lifestyle. Interesting mystery. Very happy that this is a series....look forward to more Maisie Dobbs.