Monday, March 5, 2012

Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books (May 25, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0142004332
ISBN-13: 978-0142004333

I have been looking forward to reading Maisie Dobbs for quite some time. I have heard so many great things about Maisie and just knew she was a character I would enjoy! When Trish at TLC Book Tours invited me to join in on Maisie Month, I was very excited to start at the very first book in the series!

When Maisie is 13, she loses her mother and her father sends her into service to help make ends meet. Maisie grows into a young lady and when the Great War begins, she becomes a nurse on the Front.

In 1929, Maisie opens her own detective agency. Her first case is the kind of case she doesn't really wish to pursue but takes the case on anyway. She really wants meaty cases. Mr. Davenham is suspicious of his wife. He feels she is not being faithful to him. The case takes Maisie to a cemetery where Mrs. Davenham visits a grave marked only with the first name of Vincent. As Maisie watches Mrs. Davenham in the cemetery, she notices many gravestones marked only with a first name. Curious about the men buried there, Maisie investigates further. She uncovers a farmhouse called The Retreat, where soldiers who cannot rejoin society in the war reside. Maisie senses something wrong and she digs deeper into The Retreat and it's occupants. She is determined to find out what goes on at The Retreat.

The story goes back in time to Maisie's past through flashbacks, but the book flows beautifully. As a reader, we get to know how Maisie got to where she is and the trials and tribulations she has gone through.

I fell in love with Maisie. She is gentle yet tough. She is one of those endearing characters who stays with you long after the last page. I know I look forward to reading many more of Maisie's adventures. I highly recommend Maisie. She is quite a unique gal!

Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Among the Mad and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

I received this book from TLC Book Tours for my honest opinion.


  1. Sometimes I feel like the only book blogger who hasn't read this series. I'm so glad you liked the first book. It's on my TBR list.

  2. I just got this one out of the library and can't wait to start it. So glad to see you enjoyed it!

  3. I had a couple of the books from this series and my mom grabbed them. I need to get them back from her so I can read them.

  4. Glad you enjoyed this one Beth. I have the first few books in the series and would really love some time to read them.

  5. Everyone seems to just love Maisie! I have this book and now I have to meet her too!!

  6. My husband loves this series! He is very much looking forward to the new one coming out.

  7. I've been hearing great things about these books - so glad this one didn't disappoint!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    - Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours

  8. I am pretty sure this is a series I would love so I have got to get my hands on copy so I can make this happen!

  9. I have got to get going on this series. My best friend swears by them too. In fact she says they are going to make a movie of the first one but I can't find any info on that anywhere. Her husband works for Sony so maybe he knows something the rest of us don't ... I will have to check! Thanks for the interesting review.

  10. This is one of those series where my library patrons got ME started. So glad you like it. You are in for a treat as you follow along with the next adventures.


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