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Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Winspear
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Christmas Eve, 1931. On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man committing suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the Prime Minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met – and the writer mentions Maisie by name. Tapped by Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch to be a special adviser on the case, Maisie is soon involved in a race against time to find a man who proves he has the knowledge and will to inflict destruction on thousands of innocent people.

In Among the Mad, Jacqueline Winspear combines a heart-stopping story with a rich evocation of a fascinating period to create her most compelling and satisfying novel yet.

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"A powerful, ultimately uplifting tale"

(My Weekly)

'A vivid portrait of depressed London in 1931 and a good, atmospheric read'

(Literary Review)

'Perfect for curling up (with a hot chocolate!) when the weather is bad'

(Woman's Way)

'That Maisie's traumas help her understand the criminal mind is just one of the unexpected depths of this engrossing mystery'

(People Magazine)


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'In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created - she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!'

(Alexander McCall Smith 2006-05-15)

'A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century'

(Elizabeth George 2006-05-15)

'A heorine to cherish'

(New York Times 2006-05-15)

'A wry and immensely readable beginning to what promises to be a vivid new addition to crime fiction' (Daily Mail 2006-05-15)

'The British counterpart to Alexander McCall Smith's The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' (Associated Press 2006-05-15)

'Feisty, working-class heroine Maisie is a deliberate throwback to the sleuthettes of old-fashioned crime writing. The well-plotted story, its characters and the picture of London between the wars are decidedly romantic.' (Guardian 2006-05-15)

'A terrific mystery ... Intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read' (Observer 2006-05-15)

'Even if detective stories aren't your thing, you'll love Maisie Dobbs'

(New Woman 2006-05-15)

'Think Upstairs Downstairs meets Miss Marple - with a touch of chirpy cheerful Cockney from the Dick Van Dyke school'

(Yorkshire Post 2006-05-15)

'That Maisie's traumas help her understand the criminal mind is just one of the unexpected depths of this engrossing mystery'

(Ellen Shapiro, People Magazine 2006-05-15)

'This award-winning author has added another action-packed, well-plotted mystery to her series. It moves at a cracking pace... Good twist ending - very Agatha Christie'

(Newsbooks Magazine 2006-05-15)

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Maisie Dobbs returns with her most gripping case yet

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009R6ACEM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent book! Winspear is back on track after two not so very good novels about Maisie Dobbs. The pace is fast in this one almost from page number one which is the way I want a mystery. I could hardly read fast enough and finished in two days since it was a page turner like nothing else.
Billy Beale and Maise Dobbs walks out of their office on Christmas Eve to deliver a bill to a client and a man commits suicide right in front of their eyes. After being questioned by the Scotland Yard about what they saw they go to celebrate Christmas. But Maisie is brought back to London already on Boxing Day to be part of a desperate investigation to find a man that wants to make the government change their policy on how to treat war veterans with disabilities. She is forced to work with Special Branch, Scotland Yard and MI5 who in between themselves have a difficult time getting along. Their chase after a mad man that kills first 6 dogs with chlorine gas, 50 birds with another combination of gases and finally a junior minister with a new gas, is like searching for a needle in a haystack. People Maisie has had a high regard for since the war turns out to not be so nice after all. And she gets to see what the country has in store for possible enemies in the future as well as seeing that the research to create terrible chemical war fare weapons has no limits to how far it is taken and on whom it is tested. Maisie saves London from disaster by the hair but the question still stands at the end of the book as to what to do with all veterans that are ticking time bombs.
The biggest question is one that still is very valid, can government be too caught up in saving money. Can the money saving hurt society more than help it?
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A much darker and leaner tale than her previous Maisie Dobbs outings, in Among the Mad, Jacqueline Winspear focuses on the collateral damage of the Great War, the terror and chaos of the battlefield and how it ultimately devastated a generation of young men. Maisie unexpectedly journeys into hostile territory and a dark landscape that involves a loss of Britain's innocence. Much of the drama plays out on the crowded streets of London as Maisie and her assistant Billy Beal find themselves caught up in a 1930's style suicide bombing when a man begging on the street corner suddenly activates a hand grenade inside his tattered and stained khaki coat.

Barely escaping with her life, Maisie had innocently walked up to him, his leg stretched out, as if he were lame. And as she had reached into her bag to offer money to someone who had so little, the grenade had suddenly exploded. There was a point at which Maisie new that the man would take his life. The man had been a soldier, the right leg amputated. As Detective Inspector Richard Stratton, who saw it all happen offers Maisie as measure of comfort, she remains haunted by the sense that someone had seen her reach out to the doomed man, had seen their eyes meet just before he pulled the pin that would ignite the grenade.

It is this attack that coincides with a much larger threat. In a wet London with an "unyielding quality of gray light that makes the word Merry Christmas seem hardly worth saying," a note, soiled by saliva, is received by the Home Security, telling of a terrible disaster involving a lethal nerve agent. The note also mentions Maisie's name and demands that the government act immediately to alleviate the suffering of all unemployed, starting with measures to assist those who have served their country in wartime.
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The intrepid Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and private investigator, is walking through London on Christmas Eve, 1931, when a man she believes to be a shell-shocked veteran of World War I suddenly blows himself up, injuring Maisie and several other bystanders. Maisie herself has served in the Great War as a nurse, and she, too, suffered injuries, both physical and emotional during the war, so she has always been particularly sympathetic to the plight of these unfortunate, mentally ill veterans. Ineligible for the kinds of pensions, benefits, and services that physically injured veterans receive, they are often homeless and too damaged to get and keep a job to support themselves. They have been abandoned: no one even knows the name of the suicide victim.

Another anonymous (and mentally ill) veteran observes the suicide, and shortly afterward issues a threat, telling the authorities that he will "demonstrate [his] power," if the government does not alleviate the suffering of war veterans within forty-eight hours. "If you doubt my sincerity," he says, "ask Maisie Dobbs." Interviewed by Scotland Yard, the Special Branch, and military intelligence, Maisie convinces the authorities that she has had no previous contact with the suicide, and they eventually hire her to help them identify and then find the person who has issued the threat. As the hours tick down, the brilliant but obviously insane man takes action, quickly demonstrating that he is an expert on gases and proving that he will use them. Old Year's Day, on Dec. 31, is the day he intends to demonstrate his full power on the crowds celebrating in London.
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