Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs

Jacqueline Winspear

I absolutely adored this novel!  It was such a unique take on the mystery genre. 

For some reason, I can't write an intelligent summary this morning so this from Amazon.com will have to do:

"Maisie Dobbs isn’t just any young housemaid. Through her own natural
intelligence—and the patronage of her benevolent employers—she works
her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie
goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that
coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War,
Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first
assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much
deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the
horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind."

Winspear does a great job of describing the effects of the war on the various characters in the novel and society at large.  To me, this was much more than a simple mystery novel, and I can't wait to read the next one.  Luckily, it was on the shelf at the library yesterday so I can read it soon.  I'll read another book first because I don't like to read a series all at once.  They tend to get to predictable and you can stretch out the pleasure of reading the series instead of always waiting for the next one to come out. 

I definitely recommend this one.

#4 of 50 in 365

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