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Leaving everything most loved : a novel
Jacqueline Winspear
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Avatar for EmilyEm EmilyEm said:
Maisie Dobbs steps into to a Scotland Yard investigation that’s gone nowhere, investigating the unsolved death of an Indian woman who came to England as a governess. Her assistant Billy is investigating a schoolboy who has disappeared. These are intriguing investigations, but the heart of the story, as the title says, is Maisie’s decision to use some of her newly acquired financial independence to follow in her mentor’s footsteps in India. There seems to be a tying up of many story lines in this book except the one regarding James Compton. Will there be more to this series?
posted Jul 19, 2013 at 6:47AM
bookwoman_cat said:
**** Maisie Dobbs # 10. The death of an Indian immigrant leads Maisie Dobbs into a dangerous yet fascinating world. The book is set in London in 1933. Two months after the body of an Indian woman named Usha Pramal is found in the water of a South London canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs to find out the truth about her death. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, evidence indicates that they failed to conduct a full and thorough investigation. Before her death, Usha was staying at an ayah's hostel alongside Indian women whose British employers turned them out into the street when their services were no longer needed. As Maisie soon learns, Usha was different from the hostel's other lodgers. But with this discovery comes new danger: another Indian woman who had information about Usha is found murdered before she can talk to Maisie. As Maisie is pulled deeper into an unfamiliar yet captivating subculture, her investigation becomes clouded by the unfinished business of a previous case as well as a growing desire to see more of the world, following in the footsteps of her former mentor, Maurice Blanche. And there is her lover, James Compton, who gives her an ultimatum she cannot ignore. I have enjoyed this character for 10 years. I don't want to create any spoilers, but this book marks a pronounced turning point in this wonderful series. As always, I recommend starting a series at the beginning with the first book "Maisie Dobbs". Ms. Winspear has created a complex and delightful protagonist. I love series that engage you as much with the character as with the story. Recommend highly
posted Dec 21, 2013 at 7:40PM
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main characters Maisie Dobbs
Age: 36
Served as a field nurse in France during World War I; studied at Cambridge; finds herself financially independent after the death of her mentor; secretly recruited by the British Secret Service; investigating the murder of a female Indian immigrant; her lover has asked her to marry him.
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