Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs Series #9)

Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs Series #9)

by Jacqueline Winspear
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Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs Series #9) by Jacqueline Winspear

In this latest entry in Jacqueline Winspear’s acclaimed, bestselling mystery series—“less whodunits than why-dunits, more P.D. James than Agatha Christie” (USA Today)—Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler that will take her from the working-class neighborhoods of her childhood into London’s highest circles of power. Perfect for fans of A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, or other Maisie Dobbs mysteries—and an ideal place for new readers to enter the series—Elegy for Eddie is an incomparable work of intrigue and ingenuity, full of intimate descriptions and beautifully painted scenes from between the World Wars, from one of the most highly acclaimed masters of mystery, Jacqueline Winspear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062049575
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Series: Maisie Dobbs Series , #9
Pages: 335
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear has received numerous honors for her New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity Awards. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

Hometown:

Ojai, California

Date of Birth:

April 30, 1955

Place of Birth:

Weald of Kent, England

Education:

The University of London¿s Institute of Education

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Elegy for Eddie (A Maisie Dobbs Novel) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The Maisie Dobbs series, now with nine entries, has taken her from World War I, where she served as a nurse, to the cusp of the Second World War. In this novel, there are three themes which can tend to confuse the reader until the author brings them together and makes sense out of what at first appear to be separate subplots. To start with, a delegation from Lambeth, scene of Maisie’s childhood, visits her to engage her services as an investigator to find out how a young man died in a paper factory. The other two plot lines, one more personal to her than the other, has Maisie questioning her own motives and standards as well as her relationship with her lover; and the last involving the stealth campaign of Winston Churchill to prepare Great Britain for the possible war with Nazi Germany. The book is equal to its predecessors in characterization and human interest. Obviously, it is more political in tone than its forerunners, given the time in which it takes place: the depression era and rise of Adolf Hitler. While Maisie’s introspections may be overdone, they certainly are in keeping with the character. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maisie Dobbs displays an incredibly annoying ability to not understand that othef people are allowed to have their own lives apart from her, without letting her know what they are doing at every minute. Her conviction that she is being "lied to" because some of her acquaintances have facets of their lives that they cannot (or do not want to) share with her is wearing quite thin. I realize her calling card says Psychologist and Inquiry agent, but I didn't realize her brief included inquiring into everyone else's lives, whether bidden or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winspear is never heavy handed with the history she blends into her Maisie Dobbs series. Strong characters and steady plots bring the era alive with significant if sometimes relatively obscure historical, political and social recollections. "Elegy" with its troubling and morally ambiguous theme (unresolved for the protagonist) typifies the books in the series--well-written, thoughtful, credible and appealing characters, always a pleasurable and worthwhile read.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
“Everything good has a dark side, even generosity. It can become overbearing, intimidating, even humiliating – and no one likes to think someone else is pulling the strings….” Elegy For Eddie is the ninth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and private investigator, is asked to investigate the supposedly accidental death of a simple man with an uncanny gift for dealing with horses. Eddie Pettit was well-known and loved amongst the costermongers of Covent Garden, former associates of Maisie’s father, Frankie, and they are sceptical about the circumstances of Eddie’s death.  As Billy Beale and Maisie try to discover a motive for his death, they learn that Eddie had certain special talents that were not apparent. Maisie discovers two other deaths that were ruled suicides but which strike her as suspicious, and Billy’s investigations land him in the hospital. His wife Doreen’s slowly-recovering mental health suffers a setback, and Maisie is taken to task for her need for control. Her relationship with James Compton takes a new direction, Maisie accepts counsel from an unexpected quarter and discovers a few surprising things about her father, her best friend’s husband and her lover.   This instalment is set in April 1933, against a background of increasing Fascism in Germany that signals the possibility of another war. Winspear touches on the power of the press, the subtle use of propaganda, and the balance between freedom of information and the need for national security, as well as the position of women in society. Winspear develops her main characters more fully and her plot takes a few unexpected turns. Another excellent Winspear mystery. 
NewsieQ More than 1 year ago
The “Eddie” in the title is Eddie Pettit, born to an unmarried teenage mother in 1887 while she was mucking out a stable – a job that just barely keeps her out of the workhouse. All his life, Eddie had a special gift for working with horses. And now in 1933, Eddie dies in a freak accident at a printing plant. But Eddie’s friends, the fruit sellers in Covent Garden, don’t believe his death was an accident and come to Maisie Dobbs, daughter of their friend and former costermonger Frankie Dobbs, to investigate his death. Maisie takes on the job, only too glad to be of help to her father’s pals, whom she’s known since she was a little girl. And when her assistant, Billy Beale, winds up in the hospital after a beating sustained while asking questions about the case, she’s pretty certain that her clients’ suspicions about Eddie’s death are on target. Elegy for Eddie is a pivotal book in this award-winning series, a turning point for its protagonist. Maisie is still becoming accustomed to newfound wealth – which came to her when her mentor and friend Maurice died and left her most of his considerable estate. Maisie is always willing to use her money to help others, but in Elegy for Eddie, she’s confronted with the accusation, from a very credible source, that she may be using gifts to control other people’s lives. Maisie also realizes that she must decide what her relationship is to be with her lover, James, who wants a traditional marriage, meaning Maisie gives up her work. The Maisie Dobbs books are wonderful … it’s one series I collect in hardcover. I just want to own them. Elegy for Eddie is number nine, and it’s just about time for me to go back to #1 and read some of the early ones again. It’s that kind of series.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Several of Maisie's old acquaintances come to her office to ask for her help. They believe that their friend Eddie was murdered. Maisie sets out to find any clues surrounding death that might lead to this conclusion. I haven't read any Maisie Dobbs books before this one. But I do enjoy a good who-done-it or mystery novel. This book was okay, but it certainly wasn't great. The story seemed to meander slowly along without anything happening for long periods of time. Her indecision about her boyfriend and her previous life were irritating and didn't seem to fit with the story at all. I won't give any spoilers, but I wasn't thrilled with the conclusions either. They didn't seem to wrap up like a normal who-done-it should. This might be a typical Maisie Dobbs novel, I don't know. But it left me wishing I'd read a different book and not wasted my time. It wasn't awful, but with so many great books out there it's hard to waste your time on one that is only okay. I received this book free of charge from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
Mackie77 More than 1 year ago
Potential spoiler although I'll try not to say too much. I found the book to be a little slow, and I was disappointed as a key crime against Billy received no closure; key elements were not researched. There wasn't a cut and dried ending. I like the series, but this book seemed to focus too much on the politics and Maisie's ... self-introspection, which adds to the stories and Maisie's growth, but it was just too much this time. I suppose Maisie's past and current status, neither fish nor fowl, makes it difficult to commit to anything other than her business which she can control. It would be a difficult world to navigate, gender, class, academics, finances, etc. as she doesn't fit in her "place." She is called to task for her control issues, and I enjoyed those dialogues as the character is just a little bit too controlling and "mother knows best." I'm not sure why the series even involves a male companion as Maisie just sort flits along from man to man albeit slowly; I feel like I'm observing Goldilocks although she made a decision by third time. All in all, for my likes, it wasn't the best in the series. Like Anne Perry's current writings, it seems as though the writer is taking a breather and just coasting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books in this series and this one was good. I could not give it a higher rating because I felt that it moved very slow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of the Massie Dobbs series since the very first book. Ms. Winspears latest began with a great beginner. However, I was somewhat disappointed with the ending. Still a fan though and hoping that Massie stays with her friend, James. Actually, Ms. Dobbs is ahead of her time by being a private female investigator and having a love life. This makes the series very interesting. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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I am totally hooked on Maisie Dobbs and have read all of the books in record time. Her personal life is intertwined with the cases that she solves. The time during World War I and the 1920's and 1930's when England was in turmoil, is artfully recreated.
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maisie dobbs continues to be clever and inquisitive, but not so bright that she can't learn life lessons.
BookReflections More than 1 year ago
Acquaintances from Maisie's earlier days come to Maisie with news that Eddie, a kind man known both for his mental deficiencies and his gift with horses, has died in a seemingly freak accident.  Uncomfortable with the circumstances they come to Maisie for her help.  Maisie begins to investigate and she discovers that more men have died over this matter.  Maisie soon realizes that Eddie had stumbled into a problem that might be over even Maisie's head.  Maisie also struggles with her own changed circumstances and reflects on her intrusions in the lives of others.  She questions how she still give back to her friends and loved ones.  Not sure if she understands her own wants, her romance adds questions to the mix.  And the rest of the world continues in their struggle to recover from the Great War.  Hints of unrest in Germany and questions about Hitler's intentions serve as a backdrop to everyday problems. This is my third Maisie Dobbs novel and I've successfully skipped around to read the titles that interest me with little to no confusion.  I enjoyed this installment.  I loved getting to know a character through the stories and conversations of the other characters.  I found myself attached to Eddie even though he was gone at the book's start.  I enjoyed seeing the beginning of some very troubling events and am curious to see Maisie's role when things really start to happen.  Reoccurring characters were present and consistent and there was even some growth here are there.  But this one is mostly focused on Maisie and her life changes and indecision.  Less focus is on the secondary characters. I like this particular series because it involves old-fashioned detective work.  It reminds me of my Nancy Drew days.  Set before WWII (at this point), technology is mostly absent.  I think it is better at integrating the historical backdrop than any other book I've read.  The lives and conversations are true to the time and are peppered with events and information that the reader knows will lead to bigger events, and ultimately, WWII.  It isn't in your face so it seems especially real.  These books are well-researched but it doesn't feel like I am reading research.  This series is consistent and the mysteries are very involved but I find that they would be one of my favorites if I liked Maisie more.  Maisie is perfectly imperfect.  Even when she does something wrong, it's still right.  She has to have the most unromantic romances ever.  Her way of reflecting on her feelings as they relate to romance is so technical and dry.  Even though she has problems and fears they just don't help connect me to her. Overall, another unpredictable mystery with a well-developed historical backdrop.
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I have only recently found Jacqueline Winspear's wonderful Maisie Dobbs series, and I have now devoured all of them. Highly recommended.
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