Hailed by NPR’s Fresh Air as part Testament of Youth, part Dorothy Sayers, and part Upstairs, Downstairs, this astonishing debut has already won fans from coast to coast and is poised to add Maisie Dobbs to the ranks of literature’s favorite sleuths. Maisie Dobbs isn’t just any young housemaid.... show more
Hailed by NPR’s Fresh Air as part Testament of Youth, part Dorothy Sayers, and part Upstairs, Downstairs, this astonishing debut has already won fans from coast to coast and is poised to add Maisie Dobbs to the ranks of literature’s favorite sleuths. Maisie Dobbs isn’t just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence—and the patronage of her benevolent employers—she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.
Publish date: May 25th 2004
Pages no: 309
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, Cozy Mystery
Series: Maisie Dobbs (#1)
Series: Maisie Dobbs #1 Narrator: Rita Barrington Perhaps I should have been clued in by the title. It’s just “Maisie Dobbs” not “Maisie Dobbs and something or other” or “Cute Pun Related to the Book or the Main Character”. There is a mystery here, but it’s not much of one. It just sort of reso...
What a pleasant surprise of a book! A new favorite. This was not necessarily great literature, and I imagine friends of mine would be surprised to find that this is now on my list of favorites, but I love every part of this book. The main character, Maisie Dobbs, was really well done. She is perhaps...
I actually finished this a couple of weeks ago, but am just now getting around to some of my reviews. This was a really quick read. I totally fell in love with Maisie's character, and really like her spunk and spirit. I enjoy a strong, independent woman, especially one ahead of her time. I also...
Maisie Dobbs has just set up her own practice as something between a private investigator and a psychologist--a problem-solver, in the broadest sense. It's not easy for a professional woman to gain traction in post-WWI England, but fortunately for Maisie, influence in high places combined with a lit...
To like this book I think you have to like Maisie, and I really don't. The “mystery” itself takes a backseat in this book. The bulk of the story describes Maisie’s history - how she rose from humble beginnings, got educated at Cambridge, and finally opened her own investigative agency. But it read...