Maisie Dobbs (Paperback)

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Lady Rowan is startled to discover her 14 year old maid hidden in her library voraciously reading books in the middle of the night.  Fortunately for Maisie, Lady Rowan is impressed by her intelligence and eagerness to learn.  She decides to educate the young girl. 

WWI swallows Europe, filling the land with horror.  Maisie serves as a nurse, trying to help the suffering young men as a generation is destroyed.  After the war Maisie becomes a detective. 

Her first case is a husband fearful his wife may be cheating.  Maisie follows the woman to a cemetery, not the usual spot for a tryst, where the young woman visits a grave with only the name Vincent.  Maisie notices this cemetery has many graves with only a single name. 

Winspear treats her characters with dignity, Maisie is delightful.  You go girl!

— Deon Stonehouse

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"A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander."
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air, on Maisie Dobbs


Maisie Dobbs got her start as a maid in an aristocratic London household when she was thirteen. Her employer, suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, soon became her patron, taking the remarkably bright youngster under her wing. Lady Rowan's friend, Maurice Blanche, often retained as an investigator by the European elite, recognized Maisie’s intuitive gifts and helped her earn admission to the prestigious Girton College in Cambridge, where Maisie planned to complete her education.
 
The outbreak of war changed everything. Maisie trained as a nurse, then left for France to serve at the Front, where she found—and lost—an important part of herself. Ten years after the Armistice, in the spring of 1929, Maisie sets out on her own as a private investigator, one who has learned that coincidences are meaningful, and truth elusive. Her very first case involves suspected infidelity but reveals something very different.
 
In the aftermath of the Great War, a former officer has founded a working farm known as The Retreat, that acts as a convalescent refuge for ex-soldiers too shattered to resume normal life. When Fate brings Maisie a second case involving The Retreat, she must finally confront the ghost that has haunted her for over a decade.

About the Author


Jacqueline Winspear is the author of New York Times bestsellers Among the Mad and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as eight other Maisie Dobbs novels. Originally from Kent, England, she now lives in California. This is her first book in the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling Maisie Dobbs series.

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Praise for Maisie Dobbs

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Agatha Award Winner for Best First Novel
Macavity Award Winner for Best First Novel
Alex Award Winner


“Compelling…powerful. [Maisie Dobbs] testifies to the enduring allure of the traditional mystery…even though I knew what was coming this second time 'round, its final scene is still a punch in the gut.”
—Maureen Corrigan for NPR’s Fresh Air

"[A] deft debut novel . . . Romantic readers sensing a story-within-a-story won't be disappointed. But first they must be prepared to be astonished at the sensitivity and wisdom with which Maisie resolves her first professional assignment."
The New York Times

"The reader familiar with Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency . . . might think of Maisie Dobbs as its British counterpart . . . [Winspear] has created a winning character about whom readers will want to read more."
The Associated Press

"[Maisie Dobbs] catches the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman."
Chicago Tribune

"One of the best and most influential crime novels of the young century."
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century. Simultaneously self-reliant and vulnerable, Maisie isn't a character I'll easily forget.”
—Elizabeth George, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley series

“The book is much more than a cosy mystery—it is also about women's growing emancipation and the profound changes to society after the First World War.”
Mail on Sunday

“A delightful mix of mystery, war story and romance set in WWI–era England . . . A refreshing heroine, appealing secondary characters and an absorbing plot [make Winspear a] writer to watch.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
 
“A poignant and compelling story . . . [Winspear handles] human drama with compassionate sensitivity while skillfully avoiding cloying sentimentality. At the end, the reader is left yearning for more. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal, Starred Review


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Product Details
ISBN: 9781616954079
ISBN-10: 1616954078
Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Maisie Dobbs