John Murray, trade pb, 307 p.
Maisie Dobbs series, Book 2
WINNER - Agatha Award for Best Novel 2004
London, 1930. Joseph Waite is a man who knows what he wants. As one of Britain’s wealthiest men, the last thing he needs is a scandal. When his daughter runs away from home, he is determined to keep the case away from the police and the newspapers. So he turns to a woman known for her uniquely intuitive approach to criminal investigation, and for her discretion – the extraordinary Maisie Dobbs.I was in the mood for a light mystery and this fit my mood perfectly. I enjoyed following along as Maisie searched for answers, even when she was a bit of a know-it-all, as well as catching up with several of the other characters that were introduced in the first book. I found the mystery aspect a bit more satisfying this time, and as in the previous book, I really enjoyed the setting and details of the time period. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series, I’m guessing sooner rather than later.
Waite’s instructions are to find his daughter and bring her home. But the task is far from straightforward. Maisie soon uncovers a chilling link to a recent murder case, and finds herself revisiting the tragedy of the Great War.
My Rating: 4/5
(#11 for 2008, Book Awards Challenge #6, What's in a Name Challenge - 'Animal' #2)