In 1929 London, Maisie Dobbs is excited to have her first office of her own and her first client, a man who wants her to investigate his wife to see if she is unfaithful. But Maisie's investigation takes her far beyond this couple's relationship, leading her to The Retreat, a refuge for ex-soldiers who are unable to deal with normal life after the war. The case also takes her back to her own painful memories of the war and the impact it had on her life.
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear is a ten-year-old novel now, and I've only just read it for the first time. At the end of this month, the twelfth book of the series will be released and I will be reading it as well. It took me a little while to get into the story and style of writing. The book starts in 1929, then goes back in time to share Maisie's background, then back to 1929. I think I would have preferred to read her background first, but I understand why Winspear chose to write it in this order. Once I got to know Maisie a bit, I really enjoyed her.
Maisie is a unique character, a strong, intelligent woman of humble beginnings who is given a great opportunity to rise above her station in life. I enjoyed the way she thought things through and used her conversations with others to work things out. The other characters are secondary to Maisie, but integral to who she is and how she embraces life. She may be independent, but she also relies on those around her for counsel and support.
If you're looking for an early 20th century mystery that stars an endearing sleuth, I highly recommend Maisie Dobbs.
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