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Maisie Dobbs

von Jacqueline Winspear

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Private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.
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Fairly well-written but I dislike how this was structured, with a prolonged flashback in the middle. ( )
  fionaanne | Nov 28, 2022 |
This book was first published almost twenty years ago but I missed out on it then. And although I've seen it mentioned as a good mystery a number of times I didn't check into it. Now that I've read this book and realized that it is just the kind of historical mystery that I really enjoy I'm going to have to find time to read the other sixteen books in the series. Yikes!

The roaring 20s are in full force but Maisie Dobbs doesn't seem to have the time or the money to partake. She has just set up her own private investigative firm. One of her first cases is to follow a married woman whose husband suspects of having an affair since she disappears for hours at a time several times a week. But the first time Maisie follows her she realizes she is not having an extramarital affair. The woman takes a train out of London to visit a small cemetery filled with the graves of the dead who served in World War I. The grave she visits has only a first name engraved on the headstone and it seems fairly recent. As Maisie delves further, with the help of her building caretaker, Billie Beal, she learns about a farm in Kent where the most severely injured veterans live. It is called The Retreat and is run by a former officer. Each man who goes to live there signs over his estate and income to The Retreat in order to maintain the farm. Then Maisie is asked by her former employer, Lady Rowan Compton, to investigate The Retreat further because her son plans to go there. Billie Beal goes undercover to stay at The Retreat and Maisie stays nearby at the Compton rural estate. Maisie is quite worried but Billie seems to be enjoying his time there and he thinks the world of the Major. Until he doesn't!

A good portion of the book is devoted to the story of Maisie's life from her time in service, to attending Girton College for Women, to becoming a nurse on the front lines during World War I. We learn about her coster-monger father and her mentor Maurice Blanche and her friends, including one particular male doctor friend, Captain Lynch. No doubt they will pop up again. ( )
  gypsysmom | Oct 4, 2022 |
Sono delusa e perfino arrabbiata con questo romanzo perché l'inizio è promettente e lascia ben sperare, poi dopo neanche un quarto di storia siamo costretti a sorbirci un flashback lunghissimo e zuccheroso, talmente pieno di cliché da sembrare fatto apposta: la servetta povera ma intelligente, i padroni illuminati, il padre comprensivo e potrei continuare all'inifinito; sono tutti sulla via della beatificazione in questo libro, l'unica normale la fanno morire senza tante cerimonie. Anche le scene di guerra sono trattate in maniera semplicistica, con tanta retorica e poca vera introspezione.
Finalmente ad un certo punto l'autrice si ricorda che avremmo una trama pseudo gialla da portare avanti e l'ultima porzione dell'opera è dedicata alla risoluzione di questo cosiddetto "mistero" (fatico a definirlo tale dato che la soluzione è esattamente quella che ci è stata prospettata all'inizio, senza nessun colpo di scena). Ecco forse era quasi meglio che se dimenticasse davvero, perché sul finale il romanzo da il meglio di se e diventa così stucchevole da sconfinare nel ridicolo. [SPOILER]-La nostra (super)eroina riesce a fermare il cattivone (no non cattivo, impazzito per i traumi di guerra poverino, non sia mai che qualcuno qui sia malvagio) ...cantando una canzone. Io non ho parole.-[FINE SPOILER]
La scrittura è melensa (ovviamente), ma perlomeno scorrevole.
Il mondo è bello perché è vario quindi sicuramente ci saranno degli estimatori del romanzo, ma sarei curiosa di capire cosa ci abbiano trovato. Inutile dire che il mio rapporto con la serie finisce qui, non penso mi avvicinerò agli altri volumi nenche per sbaglio. ( )
  Lilirose_ | Aug 14, 2022 |
Maisie Dobbs is written by Jacqueline Winspear. It is Book 1 of the Maisie Dobbs series. This first book was published in 2003. The latest title, which is 17th in the series, was published in March 2022.

Friends continuously reminded me to put this book on my ‘to read list’. When I finally read this book, I was overwhelmed by the emotion I felt. Maisie Dobbs is so unique - as a person, as a psychologist, as an investigator. The mysteries are quiet, yet imbued with such intensity and suspense.
The time period of these books are before, during and after The Great War/World War I.
The Great War (for me) is often difficult to read about. World War I affected every thread in the fabric that is England. It also deeply affected the US and, indeed, most of Europe. “The war to end all wars.”
I would recommend this title and this series (I am currently reading Book 2, Birds of a Feather).
***** ( )
1 abstimmen diana.hauser | Jul 25, 2022 |
This book just didn't work for me. Maisie Dobbs was mostly annoying and a very boring character and the story was very bland.I liked the ending, but probably not enough to want to read more books about Miss Dobbs unless anyone can convince me that they will get better. ( )
  MaraBlaise | Jul 23, 2022 |
A strong protagonist and a lively sense of time and place carry readers along, and the details lead to further thought and understanding about the futility and horror of war, as well as a desire to hear more of Maisie. This is the beginning of a series, and a propitious one at that.
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For a clever and resourceful young woman who has just set herself up in business as a private investigator, Maisie seems a bit too sober and much too sad.
 

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Winspear, JacquelineHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Barrington, RitaErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Now, he will spend a few sick years in institutes,
And do what things the rules consider wise,
And take whatever pity may dole.
Tonight he noticed how the women's eyes
Passed from him to the strong men that were whole.
How cold and late it is! Why don't they come
And put him to bed? Why don't they come?

Final verse "Disabled" by Wilfred Owen. It was drafted at Craiglockhart, a hospital for shell-shocked officers, in October 1917. Owen was killed on November 4, 1918, just one week before the armistice.
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This book is dedicated to the memory of my paternal grandfather and my maternal grandmother.

JOHN "JACK" WINSPEAR sustained serious leg wounds during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Following convalescence, he returned to his work as a costermonger in southeast London.

CLARA FRANCES CLARK, nee Atterbury, was a munitions worker at the Woolwich Arsenal during the First World War. She was partially blinded in an explosion that killed several girls working in the same section alongside her. Clara later married and became the mother of ten children.
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Even if she hadn't been the last person to walk through the turnstile at Warren Street tube station, Jack Barker would have noticed the tall, slender woman in the navy blue, thigh-length jacket with a matching pleated skirt short enough to reveal a well-turned ankle.
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In seeking to fill your mind, I omitted to instruct you in the opposite exercise. This small book is for your daily writings, when the day is newborn and before you embark upon the richness of study and intellectual encounter. My instruction, Maisie, is to simply write a page each day. There is no set subject, save that which the waking mind has held close in sleep.
"Lord Compton has received word from the War Office that our horses are to be inspected for service this week.... I *cannot* let them go. I don't want to be unpatriotic, but they are my hunters." ... "Lady Compton. Our sympathies. The country needs one hundred and sixty-five thousand horses, but we need them to be fit, strong and able to be of service on the battlefield."
... the veil that was lifted in the early hours, of the all-seeing eye that was open before the day was awake. The hours before dawn were the sacred time, before the intellect rose from slumber. At this time one's inner voice could be heard. (p. 25)
... consider the nature of a mask. We all have our masks ... (p. 223)
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This Work is the first volume of Jacqueline Winspears' "Maisie Dobbs" Series (2003). Please distinguish it from Winspear's "Mysterious Profile" of the title character, which shares the Maisie Dobbs title but was written exclusively for the Mysterious Bookshop (#25 in a Series) and published in

limited, numbered or lettered editions.
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