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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (Feb. 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061727687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061727689
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 485 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Compelling.” (People (3 ½ out of 4 stars))

“In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created—she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!” (Alexander McCall Smith)

“An engaging plot coupled with captivating character makes this the best Dobbs novel to date.” (Library Journal)

“Endearing. . . . As often in this winning series, the action builds to a somewhat sad if satisfying conclusion.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“When people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear.” (Deirdre Donahue, USA Today)

“A sleuth to treasure.” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)

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

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

“What charms most is Dobbs herself: a woman ‘not as adept in her personal life as she was in her professional domain,’ and all the more engaging for that.” (Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal)

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In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.

August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California's beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe. Michael—the youngest son of an expatriate Englishman—puts duty first and sails for his father's native country to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed among those missing in action.

April 1932. London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael's parents, who have recently learned that their son's remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael's belongings—a quest that takes Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier's family and even Maisie herself. Over the course of her investigation, Maisie must cope with the approaching loss of her mentor, Maurice Blanche, and her growing awareness that she is once again falling in love.

Following the critically acclaimed bestseller Among the Mad, The Mapping of Love and Death delivers the most gripping and satisfying chapter yet in the life of Maisie Dobbs.

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Jacqueline Winspear is one of the best novelists around. The books are set in 1920s and 30s England when the Depression is at its height and many families are finding it hard to make ends meet. The social order of England is falling apart, the old aristocracy is no longer at the fore, the Great War has changed society forever. The intrepid Maisie Dobbs started out as a maid to one of the privileged families, now she risen to independence as a working woman with her own investigative agency. Maisie is a jewel, if you'd like to read about a single woman rising above plods in the police department and still managing to wear white gloves and drink liters of tea, Maisie is your girl.
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Found it difficult to put down...twists, turns, and amazing blend of story with war memories. Loved Maisie's methodical search for the truth and her ability to solve a mystery. If you enjoy a story woven around a grain of truth, you'll enjoy this one.
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By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 4 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been reading the "Maisie Dobbs" series by Jacqueline Winspear since her first novel, "Maisie Dobbs". I was eagerly looking forward to this book and I was fortunate that it was offered in the Vine program. "The Mapping of Love and Death" is every bit as well-written and well-plotted as her previous ones.

Series books, like the "Maisie Dobbs" novels, represent both a challenge and opportunity to the writer. The challenge is to keep the story and characters moving forward in an engaging way and the opportunity is to accept the challenge to do so. Winspear does both. Her lead characters, Maisie Dobbs, Billy Beale, the Compton family, and Maisie's mentor Maurice Blanche continue to age as time passes from England in the 1920's to England in the 1930's. Maisie's detective agency is succeeding in the midst of the Depression and she is given a new case that involves the death of of an American soldier during The Great War and the repercussions on to the soldier's family. As usual with Maisie's cases, the truth at the end contains many deceptions and cover ups.
As real life does, I suppose...

Winspear's writing is so good that a new "Maisie Dobbs" reader could pick up this, her latest, and feel completely comfortable reading it. She reintroduces old characters and situations in such a nuanced way that doesn't seem repetitious to the veteran series reader. She has written a great addition to the "Maisie Dobbs" series. Enjoy.
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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21 2011
Format: Paperback
The Mapping of Love and Death is the 7th book in Jacqueline Winspear's series featuring Maisie Dobbs.

This wonderful series is set in the past in England. The first novel began in the 1920's and this seventh offering is set in 1932. Maisie Dobbs is a unique creation. She began as a servant in a mansion at age thirteen. When her employer took an interest in Maisie and her intelligent, inquisitive nature, she sponsored her education. Fast forward to 1932. Maisie has had psychological training, served as a nurse in the war and now owns and runs an Investigative Agency.

"The path from there to here had been far from straight, had looped back and forth, yet always with an imagined place ahead - that she would be a woman of independent means would rise above her circumstances."

This latest outing finds Maisie employed by the Clifton family. Their son Michael's body has just been recovered - he was killed during the war. With his body were unsigned letters from a nurse he seems to have fallen in love with. The family would like to connect with her. Maisie is hired to track her down. But examination of Michael Clifton's body reveals that he was murdered before his unit was bombed and killed. Could his mapping skills and land purchase just before the war have something to do with his death? The case involves much more than first thought.

The Maisie Dobbs series are such a comfortable, almost genteel read, if you will. The social customs, manners and mores of the times are all faithfully observed in Winspear's writing. I enjoy being transported to this time period. The Great War brought many changes to England. Class and gender lines are changing.
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