- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 8 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062049615
- ISBN-13: 978-0062049612
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Leaving Everything Most Loved: A Maisie Dobbs Novel Paperback – Apr 8 2014
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“Delves deeply into [Maisy’s] complicated relationships and hints at a compelling future.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“The cross-cultural theme adds another dimension to Winspear’s London of 1933….This tenth Maisie Dobbs mystery continues the series’ high quality, capturing a time and place and featuring a protagonist as compassionate as she is intuitive. A fine historical mystery with broad appeal.” (Booklist)
“Parting is such sweet sorrow….Winspear adroitly weaves a mystery involving tensions with race, class, and even love….Highly recommended for fans of strong women detectives.” (Susan Moritz, Library Journal)
“To remain connected to life’s possibilities, one’s mind must be open to change….It’s a concept that Winspear explores with grace and generosity in Leaving Everything Most Loved.” (Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“Psychology and private investigation: an unlikely combination of professions, especially for a woman in the 1930s. And yet Maisie Dobbs does both, brilliantly.” (Adam Woog, Seattle Times Book Review)
From the Back Cover
London, 1933. Two months after Usha Pramal's body is discovered in the waters of a city canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs for help. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, but evidence indicates they failed to conduct a full investigation. Usha had been staying at an ayah's hostel, a refuge for Indian women. As Maisie learns, Usha was different from the hostel's other residents. But with this discovery comes new danger, as a fellow lodger who was close to Usha is found murdered.
As Maisie is pulled deeper into an unfamiliar yet captivating subculture, her investigation becomes clouded by the unfinished business of a previous case, and by a growing desire to see more of the world. At the same time, her lover, James Compton, gives her an ultimatum she cannot ignore. Bringing a crucial chapter in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs to a close, Leaving Everything Most Loved signals a vital turning point in this remarkable series.See all Product description
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Still not to be missed I was recommend all the Maisie Dobbs novels in turn and you'll be amazed at what she accomplished.
and astounded by what she does as the mystery ends.
Maisie is a psychologist and private investigator in 1930's England. Quite unusual for her time, but even more unusual is the path that has taken her to her current place in life. She started out as a maid in the great house where her father worked as a groom. But her curiosity for learning caught the eye of her employer and others and they have helped pursue and achieve her many goals. She also served as a nurse in the Great War. Her natural curiosity and quiet intelligence have served her greatly - her investigative agency is quite successful.
Her latest case is disturbing. An East Indian woman has been shot down in the streets of London. Her brother is looking for answers that Scotland Yard seems unable to find and hires Maisie.
"That morning, as Usha Pramal had painted a vermilion bindi to signify the wisdom nestled behind the sacred third eye, she could not have know that she had given her killer a perfect target." Maisie takes on the case, with the blessing of Inspector Caldwell of the Yard.
"Because you're a terrier, Miss Dobbs. You might not be quick and you might not go about it like I would, but you never let go. Now then, you go and get your teeth into his story. See where that leads you."
What a treat it is to follow Maisie as she slowly and patiently investigates, piecing together the whodunit using interviews, intuition, deduction and legwork until the pieces fall into place.
The mysteries in Winspear's books are intriguing, involving the social fabric and mores of the time period she has chosen. Her books are a wonderful social commentary as well.
I have enjoyed the character of Maisie from the very first book. She is patient and kind, but intuitive and not easily taken advantage of. But while, I enjoy Maisie's sleuthing, I am just as interested in her personal life. Leaving Everything Most Loved as a title applies to many of the characters in the book. Maisie herself, despite having a man she loves in her life, family and friends and personal success, still finds there is something missing in her life. And so, she has decided to make a radical change. I won't spoil it for you - but wherever Winspear chooses to take Maisie from here - I'll be following.
An excellent historical mystery series and definitely recommended. (Best read with a pot of tea and a cosy chair)
What drew me to the book was the historical factor. It's a female private detective in England during the 1930's. She is clever and independent, especially for that era. Despite this great list attributes she fell just a wee flat as a complex character for most of the book. My thoughts on this is that there was ten books before this so the author had plenty of time for character development for Maisie. That being said, all the surrounding characters were very well done and lifelike.
Loaded with intrigue, "Leaving Everything Most Loved" is a great mystery and if you follow the series, I think it's a major transition novel for Maisie Dobbs. I'm thinking her adventures are only going to get bigger.
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