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Series Though I haven t read them they are apparently consistent with the genre and concentrate n mysteries and less n Maisie s history I will have to invest in the second novel before dismissing the series completely This book was like a weighted blanket for my brain Well This was a waste f time I don t think there was an aspect f this book I did not hate Starting from the holier than thou main character to the non existent mystery to the amazing not resolution f the non mystery to the abrupt hundred pages worth Achtung! Cthulhu of tedious flashback in the middlef the mystery everything bothered me So Maisie Dobbs is a private eye She was a housemaid Infamy once but it turnedut that she was ne f nature s rare prodigies reading Latin by candlelight Her masters then decide that she My Wishful Thinking ought to be tutored along with all her work as parlormaid Enter Master Yoda from stage left I mean Maurice Blanche He fills her mind with such gems as Rush into conclusions not In the stillness wait awhile which pop into her mindpportunely in present day when she s talking to clients Anyhow On to the mystery A ladies infidelity is suspected by her husband the lady is blameless and Maisie spends some time giving him shit for suspecting his wife However it leads Maisie The Boy and the Blue Moon onto a suitably creepy post war hidey hole for army men affected by the war called The Retreat Nothing happens Then there s someone else talking about the Retreat too and Maisie decides to investigate Cut Flashback into Maisie s early life Some tedious accountsf class differences Maisie in college Maisie as a nurse in WW I France Maisie with Simon a brilliant and talented young doctor who worships the ground she walks n Cut Back Where were we There s hardly a set up for a mystery in this book The half hearted attempt is cut abruptly so we have pages f Maisie backstory for no discernable reason By the time the story comes back to the current time I lost any inclination The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 of knowing what would happen I had to finish it though Maisie herself I thought had a border line God complex She instructs her first client to make her a commitment and to his marriage She calls herself responsible for the safetyf all parties but she makes friends with and invites confidences even after the husband has been sent away happy from her emotionally susceptible mark by lying about who she is But let s not call this unprofessional She has dodgy methods Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest of problem solving She may regurgitate the Maurice Blanche homilies to herself but she the chill down her spine makes her jump into conclusions pretty much from the start She is never wrong though so I suppose that doesn t matter either As for her personal life she behaves despicably view spoilerSimon s alive but unawaref his surroundings because f his war wounds I think It s been twelve years since this happened and heroine has not bothered to visit him Her explanation how scared she was about not remembering them as they were She s a flake true enough but what s bad about this situation is a how happy Simon s mother is that madam finally condescended to visit the man she supposedly loved b how Maisie has been so superior all through the book with trite sayings such as I know about wounds I know about disfigurement when she s done jack suat and c zero insight into any thoughts Maisie might have had about Simon because the author thought that this needed to be a secret so there would be a big reveal shock dramatic music at the end hide spoiler I picked up Maisie Dobbs from the library upon the rec f my GR friend Carol and have to say that this initial entry marks what may prove to be ne f the cleverest mystery series since Dorothy Gilman brought the retired and intrepid Mrs Pollifax to life back in the 1960s For Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day on Mrs Pollifax see The Unexpected Mrs PollifaxDon t go into reading Maisie Dobbs with any preconceived ideas about what you ll find there Yes it s a mystery somewhat Yes it s a historical novel somewhat Yes it s a explorationf psychological healing somewhat In fact Maisie Dobbs is ne f those books that can t really be pegged and shelved in it s Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) own confined area The book starts in 1929 when Maisie sets up her detective practice and receives her first solo case A man wants Maisie to findut if his wife is having an affair After solving that the book abruptly switches gears and goes back 19 years to 1910 when young Maisie is just a lower class girl living with her widower costermonger father While Maisie is decidedly low class in the ridged class structure f pre War Britian she Ied her way to Cambridge and served as a nurse in the Great War Maisie has wisdom experience and understanding beyond her years Little does she realise the extent to which this strength f character is soon to be tested For her first case forces her to uncover secrets long buried and
PERFECT AS GUNS OF AUGUSTThe first chapter Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks of this book is perfect just as the first paragraphf Barbara Tuchman s The Guns Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman of August is considered by some the finest in the English language CAME IN A DAYDREAMThe restf Maisie Dobbs is magical too Unlike anything I had ever read and I was already a veteran Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition of historical fiction reads when Ipened the first pages which came to the author in a daydream when she was sitting at a stoplight in a storm in CaliforniaNONPAREILThe uniue characterization Heaven Next Stop of Maisie Winspear s gorgeous I love this book I listened to the audiobook It s beautifully done I am going right into book 2 I m already attached to the characters This is a story about a cute clever and plucky young woman named Maisie Dobbs Maisie is setting up herwn private investigation practice in London The year is 1929 and everyone we meet is still coping with the effects f the world war including MaisieMaisie has a cute and charming way f talking with people and getting them to share their stories Her first client is a man who thinks his wife is cheating n him Maisie follows the woman befriends her and learns her sad tale about a loved ne who was wounded in the war Later the man died Bases Loaded of suspicious circumstances so Maisie investigates a farm called The Retreat using her charm and wits to get an inside lookThe middle sectionf the book is a flashback to how Maisie got to be so plucky and sweet and charming Her mother died at a young age and Maisie had to go into service to help her father pay the bills Luckily Maisie s master was a kind woman who bserved the girl s cleverness and encouraged her to study and take lessons from a tutor Eventually Maisie earned the chance to go to college although the war intervened in the end Maisie shares her wn sad story f what happened to her during the warDid I mention that Maisie is cute and charming and sweet and plucky and charmingA few friends recommended this book to me knowing how much I enjoy charming British novels But an dd thing happened I thought this novel was TOO charming and precious Maisie was TOO cute and plucky The story was TOO predictable and bittersweet I felt like the author was hitting me ver the head with a pile f those big books that Maisie liked to study in When You Lose Your Job order to emphasize how cute and plucky she was This book is the first in a series about Maisie and I m not sure if I will read any I m glad I finally checkedut this ne to see what the fuss was about but my curiosity has been satisfied This is a wonderful book I m happy that it s the first book in a series because I m eager to continue and read the rest f the books Wonderful characters Maisie and many Isabel the Queen: Life and Times other characters seem so much like real people The story was great There is a lotf absolutely brilliant humor This book is not even close to being a comedy but it was so funny so many times Lots Fantastic Post Office 03 of laughing and smiling at many amusing lines There is also psychological sophistication when looking at people and at human nature and at psychological physical challenges I like that Maisie and her mentors have so much understandingf the human condition and intuition when it comes to analyzing what s going Tim Crouch on with people My friend and I were disappointed that even though the story s events took place from 1910 1929 that while WWI was covered the 1918 1920 influenza pandemic was not even A neighbor recommended Jacueline Winspear s Maisie Dobbs asne f the best books she s read The book cover boasts uotes from The New York Times Be prepared to be astonished NPR A uirky literary creation and Alexander McCall Smith A real gift Naturally I had high expectationsMaisie Dobbs is a detective and self proclaimed psychologist in post WWI London and the novel splits its time between a case and detailing Maisie s background Only half the book is a mystery as Maisie investigates The Retreat where injured soldiers escape the stares f societyIn the Drawing the Human Head other half Winspear recounts Maisie s past She moves from being a greengrocer s daughter to an aristocrat s prot g to a WWI nurse to a private investigator Maisie Dobbs is almost too good to be true brilliant and dedicated moving seamlessly between all ranks in societyThe book is well written but the split naturef its format backfires Maisie is too perfect to be an appealing heroine although a disturbing scene at the end Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics of the book belies Maisie s perfection And Winspear does not fully develop the mystery so its climax bordersn the ridiculousWinspear has written several books in the Maisie Dobbs. Alternate cover edition ISBN 0719566223 9780719566226Young feisty Maisie Dobbs has recently set herself up as a private detective Such a move may not seem especially startling But this is 1929 and Maisie is exceptional in many waysHaving started as a maid to the London aristocracy stud.
S anything but low class in her intellect Her bankrupt father sends her into service at the home f a wealthy and sympathetic upper crust family From here we learn Maisie s backstory essentially how she came to be Maisie Dob Is there anything controversial at Goodreads than star rating I think not and yes I think it s controversial than porn r V blogs People have pinions n whether r not ne should star books that weren t finished whether Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, one can star unread books by authors they don t liker even do like and then there are those that will actually argue a reviewer s rating based n the reviewer s interpretation the infamous you read it wrong ffenseHere I am deciding to stretch my reading boundaries a little by giving Miss Maisie Dobbs a try I enjoy mysteries I love a good female lead and hey I m a nurse so why not Well because I am generally bored by historical fiction But you know stretch right I discovered Maisie Dobbs was both better and worse than I expected Better because I generally enjoyed it until the worse part a deep immersion into Maisie s past from ages thirteen to twenty ishRemember how I mentioned recently that there is a shortage f niceness Not in Maisie s world Maisie is Little Women Nancy Drew and the intuition f Claire DeWitt wrapped up into Pontius Pilate one self assured bottlef plucky industrious kindness Maisie has a benefactor who has encouraged her to set up a little detective shop and so she rents a room and makes friends with Billy veteran and Livin de Life odd jobsman A man makes an appointment to ask M Dobbs to discover if his wife is cheatingn him and much like Claire DeWitt Maisie tells him that she may not like the answers she finds and so he must trust her to do what s right Maise gets close to the wife discovers the mystery Aeralis of her visiting the gravef a recently deceased veteran and uses her skills to accidentally encounter the wife and forge a connection She discovers the mystery Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of the veterans home for the disfigured coincidentally the same place her benefactor s son is planning to retreat to Before too much progress is made we journey back to Maisie s youth when she first encountered her benefactorSo here s the deal I actually liked the absolutely tropey Maisie intelligent book smart industrious honest and attractive who much like Nancy Drew is practically perfect as well as the applef her daddy s eye I was vaguely interested in the Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives obvious non mystery a home for disfigured veterans where men are mysteriously dying The writing is decent with solid character building But the transition to the past was awkward and continued for far far too long to maintain any sensef suspense perhaps helping the reader forget the solution and basically had little to do with anything except to build character background and show Maisie s Radio Crackling, Radio Gone own role in the war I almost uit I loaned the book to my mom in the meantime until self flagellation led me to finishing It remained rather boring in an insipid historically romantic kindf way using ne f my absolute very least favorite excuses for a criminal behavior and laughable denouement and not in a good way There was a bonus character twist that really made little to no senseOn my personal scale Limey Gumshoe of enjoyment it was a solid meh I m just not interested in historical fiction as a rule so you have to be an ah maz ing writer for me to enjoy it hello Connie Willis In my world it s about two stars for enjoyment veering uncomfortably close to a Did Not Finish Yet the writing skill if not plotting is actually much higher On the niceness scale it s a solid five andn the Mom s Scale it was good enough to warrant checking Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate out the next book from the library I might even skim the nextne to see if Winspear learned some plotting So there you go unrated because f niceness In general I prefer to confine the term Mary Sue to fan fiction where it belongs But when I tell you that Maisie has purple eyes rippling black hair utstanding intelligence a near psychic empathy with her clients and is practically perfect in every possible way I think I may be allowed an exception On top Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen of all this the author researched the First World War background for this very very thoroughly andh how it shows Throw in a faithful Cockernee sidekick wiv an eart f gold a salt f the earth costermonger father also wiv an eart Harcourt School Publishers Collections of gold an eccentric Suffragist and her household ALL with heartsf gold and I can hardly bear to say it but a denouement that involves From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure our heroine thwarting the bad guy by bursting into song I m afraid it s simply dreadfu. O confront ghosts from herwn past In Maisie Jacueline Winspear has created a character that readers will immediately take to their hearts Her first case combines a gripping investigation with a moving portrait On Toby's Terms of love and loss It marks the beginningf a wonderful new detective serie.
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