Young, feisty Maisie Dobbs has recently set herself up as a private detective. Such a move may not seem especially startling. But this is 1929, and Maisie is exceptional in many ways.
Having started as a maid to the London aristocracy, studied her way to Cambridge and served as a nurse in the Great War, Maisie has wisdom, experience and understanding beyond her years. Little does she realise the extent to which this strength of character is soon to be tested. For her first case forces her to uncover secrets long buried, and to confront ghosts from her own past...
In Maisie, Jacqueline Winspear has created a character that readers will immediately take to their hearts. Her first case combines a gripping investigation with a moving portrait of love and loss. It marks the beginning of a wonderful new detective series.
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'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)
It's a long time since I've read a crime novel that begins as well as Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs ... well written ... [Jacqueline Winspear] is set fair for a very bright future as a crime novelist. ( Simon Brett, Daily Mail)
Feisty, working-class heroine Maisie is a deliberate throwback to the sleuthettes of old-fashioned crime writing and will appeal to all those fans who pine for uncomplicated characters and a strong demarcation between good and bad. The well-plotted story, its characters and the picture of London between the wars are decidedly romantic. American readers loved it; many Brits will, too. ( The Guardian)
Maisie Dobbs is a welcome and unusual addition to the crowded world of literary detectives ... A very readable whodunnit ( Sainsbury's Magazine)
Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs is a welcome addition to the sleuthing scene. Simultaneously self-reliant and vulnerable, Maisie isn't a character I'll easily forget ( Elizabeth George)
Much more than just another detective story... thought-provoking ( Newbooksmag)
Readers sensing a story-within-a-story won't be disappointed. But first, they must prepare to be astonished at the sensitivity and wisdom with which Maisie resolves her first professional assignment ( New York Times)
A wry and immensely readable beginning to what promises to be a vivid new addition to crime fiction ( Mail on Sunday)
Even if detective stories aren't your thing, you'll love Maisie Dobbs ( New Woman)
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's You)
Introducing the delightful Maisie Dobbs, private investigator of love and war in 1920s London, guaranteed to be embraced by crime readers everywhere
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