It's rare that the seventh book in a series is my favorite to date, but that's the case with this one. I thought the mystery was solid, and Winspear perfectly balanced developments in Maisie's personal life with the whodunnit. Maisie's personal growth over the course of seven books has been so enjoyable to watch, and the leisurely pacing of these books makes the slow developments in Maisie's life (and the lives of her friends) rewarding to watch unfurl. Looking forward to #8!
Loved all of the Maisie Dobbs series.
I thought this was the best of the Masie Dobbs books so far (I am listening to them in order.) The mysteries have not been terrific, but they are really character driven books, and the characters are very good. There's a lot of development in the series, as much as in anything I've read, really. Maisie Dobbs changes--matures--over time. In this one she is really coming into her own.
I recommend the book, but I also recommend reading them in order.
For those who care, the sort of pyschic aspects of the early ones seem to have dropped away. There's nothing more than intuition and forboding in this one.
i started this book and emerged hours later. It is as good or better than any of the other Maisie Dobbs books. The characters are not so carefully drawn and fleshed out as they are in the others, and conversations may not make sense without references not explained here, but somehow none of that slows down the action or interferes with the meaning of what is occurring. There are murders, war deaths and losses in this book as usual, but the details are less gruesome and WWI centered than in the other books. i find this book in the series the most upbeat and hopeful.
"Our readers want to be Maisie! Intrepid, intuitive Maisie is on the case of a cartographer found sixteen years after his death at the end of World War I. A farmer stumbled across the buried remains. Maisie is certain his killer was much closer than the shells that rained down. The trail is cold; Maisie will need all her wiles to solve this one before the killer strikes again."--Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, Ore.
I really truly enjoyed the first couple of novels, even though I wasn't terribly impressed with the mystery, which was too easy to figure out, or the New Agey spiritual bullshit (she closes her eyes and centers herself to solve crimes? How California is that?)
Looks like we've followed Maisie through her beginnings. Now Ms. Winspear has set the groundwork for changes in her life. It will be interesting to see how the series progresses.
Does Billy move to Canada?
Does Maisie become head of MI5; M?
Look for next book in series - this one is the SEVENTH
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