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Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs Series #10)

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

I picked up the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series by chance

I picked up the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series by chance back in 2003 - and I was promptly hooked. Jacqueline Winspear has just released the tenth book in this wonderful series - Leaving Everything Most Loved.

Maisie is a psychologist and private investigator i...
I picked up the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series by chance back in 2003 - and I was promptly hooked. Jacqueline Winspear has just released the tenth book in this wonderful series - Leaving Everything Most Loved.

Maisie is a psychologist and private investigator in 1930's England. Quite unusual for her time, but even more unusual is the path that has taken her to her current place in life. She started out as a maid in the great house where her father worked as a groom. But her curiosity for learning caught the eye of her employer and others and they have helped pursue and achieve her many goals. She also served as a nurse in the Great War. Her natural curiosity and quiet intelligence have served her greatly - her investigative agency is quite successful.

Her latest case is disturbing. An East Indian woman has been shot down in the streets of London. Her brother is looking for answers that Scotland Yard seems unable to find and hires Maisie.

"That morning, as Usha Pramal had painted a vermilion bindi to signify the wisdom nestled behind the sacred third eye, she could not have know that she had given her killer a perfect target." Maisie takes on the case, with the blessing of Inspector Caldwell of the Yard.

"Because you're a terrier, Miss Dobbs. You might not be quick and you might not go about it like I would, but you never let go. Now then, you go and get your teeth into his story. See where that leads you."

What a treat it is to follow Maisie as she slowly and patiently investigates, piecing together the whodunit using interviews, intuition, deduction and legwork until the pieces fall into place.

The mysteries in Winspear's books are intriguing, involving the social fabric and mores of the time period she has chosen. Her books are a wonderful social commentary as well.

I have enjoyed the character of Maisie from the very first book. She is patient and kind, but intuitive and not easily taken advantage of. But while, I enjoy Maisie's sleuthing, I am just as interested in her personal life. Leaving Everything Most Loved as a title applies to many of the characters in the book. Maisie herself, despite having a man she loves in her life, family and friends and personal success, still finds there is something missing in her life. And so, she has decided to make a radical change. I won't spoil it for you - but wherever Winspear chooses to take Maisie from here - I'll be following.

An excellent historical mystery series and definitely recommended. (Best read with a pot of tea and a cosy chair)

posted by Twink on March 26, 2013

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2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Lets get real $16 for a e-book  that you don't actually own. But

Lets get real $16 for a e-book  that you don't actually own. But a licence to read it. I don't care if you are JRR Tolken.  This i just greed who's i don't know bt greed.....

posted by winddncr on March 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Slow, slow, slowest....

    Somebody pass me some toothpicks to prop my eylids open with, would you, please?
    This tenth book in the series is even more convoluted, heavy-handed, and slow-going than all of its predecessors put together. Maisie is in search of the murderers of two Indian women and, just when they seem to have the perpetrator all sewn up, poof! It's not him, but we miss crucial information that led to this conclusion. And, of course, there is a lot more interminable hemming and hawing about the state of James and Maisie's relationship. And Maisie's existential angst to "find herself" which, frankly, is becoming more than a little annoying. Suck it up, cupcake!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    Lets get real $16 for a e-book  that you don't actually own. But

    Lets get real $16 for a e-book  that you don't actually own.
    But a licence to read it. I don't care if you are JRR Tolken. 
    This i just greed who's i don't know bt greed.....

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    PRICE?

    I take it that this 10.99 must be an error.I'll just wait and see if this changes.Careful nook people!

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