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5.0 out of 5 starsDefinitely worth waiting for. Looking forward to the next one. If you like Maisie Dobbs you won't be disappointed.
Reviewed in Canada on April 8, 2017
I am a Maisie Dobbs (Jaqueline Winspear) fan. The thought of this being the last book in the series makes me sad. Being with Maisie from her pre World War 1 years up to the pre World War 2 era has been an insight into a very special woman who certainly has had lucky opportunites but as they say, she has always been ready to embrace them and has done with grace and intelligence. The way the author places us, the reader into the environment, from the food to the clothing to the manners of the upper and lower classes is amazing. No, it's not Downton Abbey but I have found that I'm as involved in Billie and Sandra and Maisies father and Lady Rowan and all the rest of the cast as if I could see and hear them. If you've never read any of these books I couldn't possibly begin to recommend any one. Yes, there's some that are better than others but all keep the characters and historical details moving forward. I loved this book and honestly can't wait for the next one. Hopefully??? As usual, at the end of this book the doors are open for so many questions to be answered in the next one.
5.0 out of 5 starsMy parents were children when WWII started, living in ...
Reviewed in Canada on April 8, 2017
My parents were children when WWII started, living in Essex, England and Ms Winspears descriptions of the day war was declared echoes my parents descriptions exactly. This Maisie Dobbs story truly grabbed me even though I had figured out the murderer about four chapters before he was revealed but I felt curiously content with the finale. The descriptions of the East End of London and even the voices rang true, both my husband and I have memories of homes and family members. I literally could not put this book down, it drew me in immediately and did not put me down until I put it down. Congratulations Ms Winspear, I can hardly wait for the next Maisie Dobbs!
I always look forward to a new Maisie Dobbs book. Now we are at the very beginning of WWII, and Maisie, like so many others at the time, is once again experiencing war. Many of the familiar characters appear again as Maisie tries to unravel another mystery. There's also one new very young person who I'm hoping will stay in Maisie' s life.
4.0 out of 5 starsAnother good one in the Masie Dobbs series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2018
I do enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear - and this was another good one in this series. As I read it as part of my mini summer alphabet reading challenge, I have missed some of the prequels to this book. For the mystery part, this did not matter as the story works as a stand-alone within the series. However, in terms of events in Maisie's life, some things had happened in previous books that I was unaware of until they were mentioned in this one. This did not spoil the story for me, it just means that when I go back to earlier instalments in this series, I will be aware of what is going to happen.
However, back to the book itself. It was a good story with well-written characters and a plot that moves at a steady pace. It could be classed as a cosy mystery although it is quite dark in places. All-in-all, a good book that is worth reading.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 13, 2019
Although the books are well written, literate and have intriguing storylines, I am beginning to tire of the constant self-reflection. Considering one's actions and responses for the likely beneficial or otherwise effects is clearly important in everyone's life; Maisie Dobbs seems to reflect and self-reflection every other chapter... surely she has more confidence in and clearer notions of her work and how to proceed. She's been in her line of work for two decades. It's becoming all too predictable and same old, same old. Three stars for the quality of the writing.
5.0 out of 5 starsUp to standard new "Maisie Dobbs" Hardback
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 27, 2017
I suppose this review is a bit biased as I am an unashamed huge fan of "Masie Dobbs". Most readers will be aware of the plethora of novels featuring feisty heroines, with plots set just after WW1 and said heroines have lost a brother/lover in the war and set up as Private detecitves...and I love em all, but "Maisie" is without doubt my favourite, and this, the 11th novel does not let me down. Lots of characters from earlier plots appear, but this can still be enjoyed as a stand alone story. Good plotting, interesting characters and a chunk of sentiment add up to another succesful "Maisie" novel. Like Donna Leon-more please!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 25, 2017
The latest installment of this brilliant series sees Maisie back in business with Billy and Sandra as her assistants. The case concerns refugees and is pertinent to the present state of the world. Maisie is hired by an old acquentance to find a murderer. This sets Maisie on a trail that leads to Belgium and a convoluted tail of revenge. In th meantime, Maisie and her family are dealing with an evacuee who appears seemingly out of nowhere. All in all a brilliant book, the series is back on home territory after Gibralter and Germany and to my mind all the better for it, already looking forward to the next book in March 2018.