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Adult/High School-Maisie is 14 when her mother dies, and she must go into service to help her father make ends meet. Her prodigious intellect and the fact that she is sneaking into the manor library at night to read Hume, Kierkegaard, and Jung alert Lady Rowan to the fact that she has an unusual maid. She arranges for Maisie to be tutored, and the girl ultimately qualifies for Cambridge. She goes for a year, only to be drawn by the need for nurses during the Great War. After serving a grueling few years in France and falling in love with a young doctor, Maisie puts up a shingle in 1929 as a private investigator. She is a perceptive observer of human nature, works well with all classes, and understands the motivations and demons prevalent in postwar England. Teens will be drawn in by her first big case, seemingly a simple one of infidelity, but leading to a complex examination of an almost cultlike situation. The impact of the war on the country is vividly conveyed. A strong protagonist and a lively sense of time and place carry readers along, and the details lead to further thought and understanding about the futility and horror of war, as well as a desire to hear more of Maisie. This is the beginning of a series, and a propitious one at that.
Susan H. Woodcock, Fairfax County Public Library, Chantilly, VA
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Ms Winspear has a magical way with words. The story flows like a slow moving river irresistibly towards its end. At the same time the story is well paced and interesting. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Happy Dragon
Very good book. It was descriptive and held my interest throughout.Published 10 months ago by Teresa Murray
An excellent book. Looking forward to reading more novels by this author. I would recommend this book to my book clubPublished 16 months ago by lindance
It's another great episode in the life of Maisie Dobbs. I love the series. Each episode is an adventure. Ms. Winspear allows us to know Maisie and her colleagues. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michal
Once again, Jacqueline Winspear has left my spell bound by the every day activities of Psychologist/Investigator Maisie Dobbs. Read morePublished on May 8 2013 by Heather Pearson
I'm very much engaged in this book and it's only been 2 chapters!!! I love the references to post-war London, the main character Maise is completely loveable and her cases are... Read morePublished on March 25 2013 by Zoe Middleton
Besides the thoroughly enjoyable character of Maisie Dobbs herself, this one had lot more depth to it. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2009 by Ronald E. Dines
Set in 1929, in England, Maisie Dobbs is the first book in a series about a former housemaid/World War I nurse who sets up in the post-war years as a psychologist and private... Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Bucky