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Elegy For Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel [Paperback]

Jacqueline Winspear
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March 19 2012 Maisie Dobbs Novel
In this latest entry in Jacqueline Winspear’s acclaimed, bestselling mystery series—“less whodunits than why-dunits, more P.D. James than Agatha Christie” (USA Today)—Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler that will take her from the working-class neighborhoods of her childhood into London’s highest circles of power. Perfect for fans of A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, or other Maisie Dobbs mysteries—and an ideal place for new readers to enter the series—Elegy for Eddie is an incomparable work of intrigue and ingenuity, full of intimate descriptions and beautifully painted scenes from between the World Wars, from one of the most highly acclaimed masters of mystery, Jacqueline Winspear.
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“Long before the Downton Abbey craze, Jacqueline Winspear was writing remarkable mysteries about life in England circa WWI.” (New York Journal of Books )

“Compelling.” (People (3 ½ out of 4 stars) )

“A detective series to savor.” (Johanna McGeary, Time )

“A series that seems to get better with every entry.” (Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal )

“When people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear...Winspear chronicles the uncharted, sometimes rocky path chosen by her protagonist and delivers results that are educational, unique, and wonderful.” (Deirdre Donahue, USA Today )

“For as long as each novel lasts, we live in Maisie’s suspenseful, intelligent world.” (Evelyn Theiss, Cleveland Plain Dealer )

“[Catches] the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman.” (Chicago Tribune )

“Engages the mind and enriches the heart.” (Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch )

“A heroine to cherish.” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review )

“Terrific....Maisie is one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting.” (Parade )

“For readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P.D. James’s Cordelia Gray, Maisie Dobbs is spot on.” (Hallie Ephron, Boston Globe )

“Maisie Dobbs is a revelation.” (Alexander McCall Smith )

“Excellent….The involved plot is as good as any in the series, and the resolution is intelligently complex.” (Publishers Weekly )

“Like any typical PI, Maisie is preternaturally acute and given to noticing tiny details, but it’s her compassion that allows her to illuminate some of the most pressing and staggeringly painful issues of her day, delivering unexpected answers and sense of peace to her clients-and her readers.” (Nathalie Gorman, O, the Oprah Magazine )

“Reading Jacqueline Winspear’s Elegy for Eddie, the solid-gold ninth installment in a wonderful mystery series that shows no signs of flagging, you can’t help thinking that her nurse-turned psychologist-turned sleuth would make an ideal PBS heroine.” (Robert Bianco, USA Today )

“A work of great humanity and a stellar entry in a superb series.” (Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—sellers of fruits and vegetables on the London streets—Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. So who would want to kill him . . . and why?

Maisie Dobbs's father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, and she remembers Eddie fondly. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death. Maisie's search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth leads her to unexpected places and people: to a callous press baron; to a has been politician named Winston Churchill; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk everything to see justice done.

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5.0 out of 5 stars an unrivaled mix of mystery and history April 4 2012
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
In the ninth installment of her popular Maisie Dobbs series Jacqueline Winspear brings us one of her most affecting and intriguing stories to date. We meet 16-year-old Maudie Pettit, very pregnant and soon to give birth. "Maudie had been born in the workhouse, and she was determined that not only would she not be going back there, but her baby wouldn't be born in the workhouse either." She worked nights at Starlings Brewery located in Lambeth, London, cleaning the horse's stalls. It is there in 1887 that her son, Eddie, is born.

Some years later the indefatigable Maisie Dobbs comes to her office to find a delegation from her past. Waiting for her, scrubbed and in their best, is a group of costermongers, men who sell fruits and vegetables from horse-drawn carts. She remembers them from her childhood as they worked the streets of London as did her father. She also remembers Eddie Pettit, a slow but kind man who had a way with horses, almost a preternatural way of calming them. Now, Eddie is dead, killed according to his friends and they want Maisie's help.

Of course, she cannot refuse, so begins an investigation that leads her into an unsavory place of secret intelligence and propaganda, plus a confrontation with an apparently cruel, powerful press baron.

With her unrivaled mix of mystery and history Jacqueline Winspear takes us to a bygone London as vivid on the page as it was "between the wars."


- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best one yet! April 29 2012
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When I discovered Jacqueline WInspear's Maisie Dobbs, I read every book in the series, one right after the other and was, I have to say, a bit cross with the author when I came to the end because I had fallen in love with Maisie and her family and friends and there weren't any more books. That was about a year ago and I thought I would have forgotten the cast of characters, but was delighted to find that they had come back to me as old friends in Elegy For Eddie. Now I can hardly wait until the next book.
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By d dolan
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I found the character of Maisie Dobbs very likable. I have recommended this book to my friends who like mysteries in this time period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jacqueline Winspeaar Oct. 25 2013
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Love Maisie Dobbs...Jacqueline Winspear is a great writer and I love her descriptions of London during the first world war period. It was terrible how the people suffered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elegy for Eddie July 13 2012
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I have loved the Maisie Dobbs series from book one. This one however I found to be a bit slow in places and I found it tough to push through and keep on reading. The mystery didn't satisify me as no one ends up paying the price for the crimes they have committed and some of the crimes we're not even sure who the culprits were. But overall it wasn't a bad story, I found I could relate with Maisie on some of the troubles she was going through personally and I look forward to the next installment in this series.
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