John Murray paperback, 288 p.
Maisie Dobbs series - Book 1
(Book #33 for 2007, Summer Mystery Challenge- Book #4)
London, 1929. Having set herself up as a private investigator, Maisie Dobbs is relieved when her first client arrives. Christopher Davenham suspects that his wife is conducting an affair. But Maisie’s investigations confound her expectations at every turn. And she is forced by her findings to revisit her own turbulent experience of the Great War. For Maisie, the boundary between her private and professional life is suddenly blurred.It’s appropriate that the first book in the series is titled ‘Maisie Dobbs’ after our heroine and sleuth because it really is Maisie’s story. There is a mystery that wasn’t terribly surprising, instead it was the considerable portion of the book dedicated to Maisie’s life and how she came to be the woman she is now, that I found most engaging. I can’t quite put my finger on it but the writing bothered me somehow- maybe a little too forced at times? But I quite enjoyed this first instalment and I look forward to trying the next one.
This is a world still reeling in the aftermath of war, a world in which many secrets lie buried. But Maisie is determined to hunt down the truth, however painful it might be…
My Rating: 3.5/5
“Tomorrow will be our last day together.” said Simon. “I wish I understood time, Maisie. It vanishes through one’s fingers.”Also reviewed at:
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