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review 2017-06-01 00:58
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Audiobook)
Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear,Rita Barrington

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 resolves itself over the course of a few pages. Maisie Dobbs is a private investigator scarred by her past in the war and partway through the book turns into a YA story about her early life in service, then a brief time at university, and finally a wartime romance before finally getting back to the present and the mystery Maisie is supposed to be investigating.

 

I liked the narration but the mystery wasn’t terribly interesting or complicated since most of the book was about Maisie’s past. Oh, and I found the whole thing where Maisie would copy people’s stances to be way overdone. I don’t regret finishing the book but I’m not sure I want to seek out any more. Supposedly the other books don’t involve extensive flashbacks like this one, but I’m not sure I like Maisie enough to actually seek her out again.      

 

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419/601 minutes

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text 2017-05-28 23:19
Reading progress update: I've listened 419 out of 601 minutes.
Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear,Rita Barrington

Chapter 21.

 

Hang on, we're back in the present! Finally.

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text 2017-05-28 23:14
Reading progress update: I've listened 417 out of 601 minutes.
Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear,Rita Barrington

So...we're still in the past.

 

Do we even still have a mystery in this book? Or was the closest thing to a mystery where the wife was disappearing off to? I'm going to be annoyed if everything about that house is resolved in the very last chapter. There must have been a better way to approach this.

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text 2017-05-28 00:28
Reading progress update: I've listened 294 out of 601 minutes.
Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear,Rita Barrington

 

This book was interesting, and I like the narrator, but I'm getting a little tired of this detour into the past. I know people say "show; don't tell" but can't we get back to the real story? Or at least what I thought was the real story?

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review 2017-04-03 17:13
In This Grave Hour
In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel - Jacqueline Winspear

In This Grave Hour is the most recent "Maisie Dobbs" historical mystery, and about the dozenth or so in the series.  This series began when it was 1929, and Miss Dobbs was first opening her detective agency in a quiet London square.  It is now September 1939, Britain is at war with Germany, and Maisie has a new case - is someone murdering men who were refugees from Belgium when they were boys, 25 years ago?

 

Matters are complicated by her father having 3 child evacuees living with him down in the country - two boys whom he can handle, and a five-year-old girl who won't talk.  An additional problem is that no one seems to know her name, who her parents are, or where she's from.

 

Maisie will investigate both cases, and come to suspect that her client is either lying to her, or not telling the entire truth.

 

This was a distinct improvement from the last one, Journey to Munich, which featured spies and Americans ex machina.

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