Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs Series #10)

Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs Series #10)

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by Jacqueline Winspear

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London, 1933. Two months after Usha Pramal's body is discovered in the waters of a city canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs for help. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, but evidence indicates they failed to conduct a full investigation. Usha had been staying at an ayah's hostel, a refuge for Indian women. As Maisie

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London, 1933. Two months after Usha Pramal's body is discovered in the waters of a city canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs for help. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, but evidence indicates they failed to conduct a full investigation. Usha had been staying at an ayah's hostel, a refuge for Indian women. As Maisie learns, Usha was different from the hostel's other residents. But with this discovery comes new danger, as a fellow lodger who was close to Usha is found murdered.

As Maisie is pulled deeper into an unfamiliar yet captivating subculture, her investigation becomes clouded by the unfinished business of a previous case, and by a growing desire to see more of the world. At the same time, her lover, James Compton, gives her an ultimatum she cannot ignore. Bringing a crucial chapter in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs to a close, Leaving Everything Most Loved signals a vital turning point in this remarkable series.

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Moritz
“Parting is such sweet sorrow….Winspear adroitly weaves a mystery involving tensions with race, class, and even love….Highly recommended for fans of strong women detectives.”
Jay Strafford
“To remain connected to life’s possibilities, one’s mind must be open to change….It’s a concept that Winspear explores with grace and generosity in Leaving Everything Most Loved.”
Adam Woog
“Psychology and private investigation: an unlikely combination of professions, especially for a woman in the 1930s. And yet Maisie Dobbs does both, brilliantly.”
“The cross-cultural theme adds another dimension to Winspear’s London of 1933….This tenth Maisie Dobbs mystery continues the series’ high quality, capturing a time and place and featuring a protagonist as compassionate as she is intuitive. A fine historical mystery with broad appeal.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Delves deeply into [Maisy’s] complicated relationships and hints at a compelling future.”

In the London of 1933, the apparently random drowning of a lowly Indian immigrant would certainly not automatically become a matter of top police priority. For Usha Pramal's brother, the circumstances of her death are, of course, a matter of urgent concern. When he takes his suspicions to private detective Maisie Dobbs, she begins an inquiry that suddenly escalates in importance after another Indian woman is found murdered. Leaving Everything Most Loved is not only a fascinating whodunit enhanced by realistic period atmosphere; it brings Maisie to a turning-point decision about her life. Editor's recommendation.

Michele Leber
“The cross-cultural theme adds another dimension to Winspear's London of 1933….This tenth Maisie Dobbs mystery continues the series' high quality, capturing a time and place and featuring a protagonist as compassionate as she is intuitive. A fine historical mystery with broad appeal.”
Library Journal
Parting is such sweet sorrow. Winspear’s tenth Maisie Dobbs novel (after Elegy for Eddie) finds the intrepid sleuth at a crossroads. She feels a strong urge to travel abroad, but human ties have kept her stationary. Her employees are financially dependent on her, and her love, James, is anxious to know if she will become his wife. In the midst of all these decisions, Maisie is approached by a grieving brother of a murdered Indian woman named Usha. She was murdered months ago, and Scotland Yard has failed to produce any leads. Maisie takes on this sorrowful case of a woman who came to England with altruistic goals and a good position only to fall into near-indentured servitude. How did this happen? Who would want Usha dead? Just because you leave something behind doesn’t mean it won’t follow you.

Verdict Winspear adroitly weaves a mystery involving tensions with race, class, and even love. The novel will leave readers wondering if they have said a last good-bye to a dear friend. Highly recommended for fans of strong women detectives such as Bess Crawford and Mary Russell.—Susan Moritz, Silver Spring, MD

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Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs Series #10) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good work adding people of other cultures to this series. Much enjoyed that aspect. The decision to need the main character want leave the country alone seemed somewhat cliched, though nice feminist touch. However, readers don't like to see her alone and want her proposed marriage to be interesting and complex by keeping her in her field and making it work, though perhaps that would add depth the genre does not allow. This is a wonderful series, but as it leaves the WWI experiences, it seems less powerful.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Leaving Everything Most Loved is the tenth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and private investigator, is engaged by (former) Sergeant-Major Pramal, of India, to investigate the murder, some two months earlier, of his sister, Usha, a governess living in London. Scotland Yard have made no progress with the case, so Maisie’s team have a challenge ahead of them with this cold case. When Maisie visits the ayah’s hostel where Usha had been living, she gets the impression that the couple running the supposedly charitable institution are not quite what they seem, and before Maisie can speak to her privately, Usha’s friend and fellow lodger, Maya Patel is murdered in the same manner: shot between the eyes and found in the nearby canal.  Maisie’s assistant, Billy Beal is back in the job, but apparently not completely recovered from the attack that hospitalised him: his distraction affects his investigative abilities. Maisie takes over the case of a missing boy and a chance remark by DI Caldwell has her wondering if their two cases are linked. But Maisie is distracted too, by her burgeoning desire to travel overseas in her mentor’s footsteps. It seems that Usha Pramal was well loved, for her personality and her healing powers. As Maisie investigates, all manner of possible suspects present themselves. Maisie wonders if jealousy or a case of mistaken identity are the answer, or was there some sort of racial motivation? Or is it all about love? Winspear once again gives the reader a plot with plenty of twists and turns. She touches on the plight of Indian ayahs abandoned far from home; shell shock and mixed marriage also feature. The final chapters ensure that future books in the series will be quite different. Another excellent read.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
I've been a Maisie Dobbs fan from the beginning and shared with many friends. I've been a little disappointed with the past 2 books, though. The stories are stuck in a phase of Maisie trying to decide the direction of her life and not much focus on the mystery solving part. I wish she would devote one book to the life change and not weave it into the other stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished the latest in the Massie Dobbs series and loved it. I really think this is Ms. Winspear's best to date. I began reading the Massie Dobbs series by chance awhile back and was hooked. The book really captured all the characters and their interactions with Massie Dobbs. She had great closure at the end of the book with the characters. I hope Ms. Winspear continues with more of Massie Dobbs. Please Ms. Winspear, let Massie and James get married. Don't let them separate or find other loves. Massie needs romance and love and James is the one for her.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
One would think that Maisie Dobbs, at this point, had it made: She has inherited a substantial estate and fortune from her mentor, Dr. Maurice Blanche; she has a loving father; wonderful friends; a successful business; loyal employees, and a handsome, wealthy suitor who very much wants to marry her. And yet, she feels at loose ends, reflecting she is unfulfilled and wanting to follow in Blanche’s footsteps, traveling, perhaps to India and learn more about the world. But before she can decide, she has to solve the murder of an Indian woman who has traveled to England and worked as a governess for a family, before leaving its employ and living in a home for similar immigrants who had lost their jobs, resorting to menial work as cleaning women and the like. Since this is a Maisie Dobbs mystery, there are overlapping plots and themes which must be tied together before we move on to the next chapter in Maisie’s life. In each of the ten novels in the series, we have witnessed the development of Maisie’s experiences and character growth, as well as world developments as the 1930’s unfold toward what is likely to be World War II. But this entry takes place in 1933, so there is plenty of time for several more Maisie Dobbs stories. And that is something worth waiting for. Recommended.
Anonymous 12 months ago
very good book!
MarieNC More than 1 year ago
The setting of this book is England between the World Wars. The themes explored, such as race and gender relations, are unusual in this setting and add a lot of depth the mystery.
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Excellent Series set is in the UK during the period between WWI and WWII. The author does a good job of blending her characters into the historical period. While there are some benefits to reading the series in order, it is by no means necessary to fully enjoy the books. Enough information is included about the characters activities in the prior books to allow for a full understanding of the current situation. A primary focus of this volume is the struggle of a minority group (individuals from the Indian subcontinent) to be accepted in Anglo-Saxon England of the 1930's. The reader will recognize today's struggle of immigrants are not very different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great addition to a wonderful series. The book takes you on a mysterious journey of the times of England in the 1930's. The detective Maise Dobb solves cases with the skill of all the great fictional sleuths while taking you on her life story which you never want to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was just as engaging as its predecessors and was worth the wait for it to come out in paperback. The storyline makes me believe Jacqueline Winspear will continue to write more for this series. Highly recommended if you enjoyed #1-#9!
Karin43 More than 1 year ago
As usual, Winspear weaves a clever plot with several twists and turns. Her characters and their lives are compelling as the story unfolds. The familiar regulars (Billy, Pris, Maurice) and the locations in and out of London provide the reader with a comfortable background against which the story line develops. Maisie Dobbs continues to be interesting as more of her own background comes into the reader's view. This series continues to intrigue me, and I highly recommend the books to a general reading audience. Karin43
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LolaDG More than 1 year ago
Very good series...looking forward the the 11th book! No trash, just good engaging stories with continuity.
EMMacCallum More than 1 year ago
To start, I've never read a Maisie Dobb's novel before and it is my understanding that this is the tenth book in the series. Though previous events weren't difficult to catch up to, at least those that were pertinent to the current storyline remained. What drew me to the book was the historical factor. It's a female private detective in England during the 1930's. She is clever and independent, especially for that era. Despite this great list attributes she fell just a wee flat as a complex character for most of the book. My thoughts on this is that there was ten books before this so the author had plenty of time for character development for Maisie. That being said, all the surrounding characters were very well done and lifelike. Loaded with intrigue, "Leaving Everything Most Loved" is a great mystery and if you follow the series, I think it's a major transition novel for Maisie Dobbs. I'm thinking her adventures are only going to get bigger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I take it that this 10.99 must be an error.I'll just wait and see if this changes.Careful nook people!
LWS0 More than 1 year ago
This book is true to its predecessors. Winspear has developed a classic detective in Maisie Dobbs, along with a host of other characters who are interesting in their own right. I hope this is not the final in the Maisie Dobbs series!
StTreester More than 1 year ago
This is the 10th volume in the Maisie Dobbs series and I am still completely hooked! All the usual high quality items are present: clear and thoughtful writing, solid characters, and fascinating notes of aspects of life in London in the 1930's. In this novel we glimpse into the difficult lives of young women from India and the challenges they encounter in London when their first jobs come to an end. This novel also sets us up for a transition to come in Maisie's life - travel wise - and leaves us awaiting Winspear's next novel with great expectation!
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I love the entire Maisie Dobbs series. This did not disappoint!
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