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Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs) [Hardcover]

Jacqualine Winspear
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24 Sep 2012 Maisie Dobbs
Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are deeply skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie, and why? Maisie Dobbs remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death. Plunging into the investigation, Maisie begins her search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth where Eddie had lived and where she grew up. The inquiry quickly leads her to a callous press baron; a has-been politician named Winston Churchill, lingering in the hinterlands of power; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done. The story of a London affected by the march to another war years before the first shot is fired and of an innocent victim caught in the crossfire, Elegy for Eddie is Jacqueline Winspear's most poignant and powerful novel yet.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (24 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749012145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749012144
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A terrific mystery ... Intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read' OBSERVER 'Wry and immensely readable' DAILY MAIL

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Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling series featuring Maisie Dobbs. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Originally from Britain, Jacqueline now lives in the United States. www.jacquelinewinspear.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Maisie Dodds series is one of the few series of books that I get as soon as they are published. This is the 7th I have read and I have to say my least favourite. The series of books is as much a social commentry of the times as it is a who-done-it. I enjoy the historical detail as much as the case that Maisie is dealing with. But I thought that there was too much filler in this book - too much of Maisie wondering what she was doing with her life and not enough emphasis on events. Another reviewer stated that the the ending was very open and at the end I was left feeling rather disappointed. If you are new to Maisie Dodds I would not recommend this as the book to start with.
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By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Elegy for Eddie," is the latest release in Jacqueline Winspear's popular, bestselling historical mystery series featuring Maisie Dobbs. The author burst onto the scene in 2003, hitting bestseller and award lists with Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs Mystery 1), first in the series. It was set, as all the ensuing entries in the series have been, in post-World War I Britain. Maisie, plucky, intelligent and likeable, began work as a servant at age 13, but by now, thanks to a mentor she found, has educated herself, and inherited a considerable fortune. She has spent the war years as a nurse in France. She now runs her own private investigation firm, and has developed a relationship with Viscount James Compton, scion of the family for whom she first began work as a maid. Winspear's books are well-plotted, rather leisurely in exposition, but darker than many cozies as Maisie is continually under the influence of her war experiences, sometimes described in flashbacks.

We meet up again with Maisie , "one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting" according to Parade magazine, in early April 1933. The costermongers of Covent Garden--sellers of fruit and vegetables on the streets of London--are fond of their coworker Eddie Pettit. They know him as a gentle soul who was actually born in a stable, and has a near-magic gift for working with horses. Suddenly Eddie is killed in a violent accident; the grieving costers are deeply skeptical about his death. They wonder who would want to kill Eddie--and why? And they take their doubts to Maisie.

Maisie's father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she has known the men since childhood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegy for Eddie 2 Oct 2012
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Jacqueline Winspear continues to get better and better. The latest Maisie Dobbs novel moves us ever closer to the start of World War II. It is quite different to earlier stories as it is very personal and tells us things about Maisie's past that had not previously been revealed. Roll on the next book in the new year.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN UNRIVALED MIX OF MYSTERY AND HISTORY 4 April 2012
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
In the ninth installment of her popular Maisie Dobbs series Jacqueline Winspear brings us one of her most affecting and intriguing stories to date. We meet 16-year-old Maudie Pettit, very pregnant and soon to give birth. "Maudie had been born in the workhouse, and she was determined that not only would she not be going back there, but her baby wouldn't be born in the workhouse either." She worked nights at Starlings Brewery located in Lambeth, London, cleaning the horse's stalls. It is there in 1887 that her son, Eddie, is born.

Some years later the indefatigable Maisie Dobbs comes to her office to find a delegation from her past. Waiting for her, scrubbed and in their best, is a group of costermongers, men who sell fruits and vegetables from horse-drawn carts. She remembers them from her childhood as they worked the streets of London as did her father. She also remembers Eddie Pettit, a slow but kind man who had a way with horses, almost a preternatural way of calming them. Now, Eddie is dead, killed according to his friends and they want Maisie's help.

Of course, she cannot refuse, so begins an investigation that leads her into an unsavory place of secret intelligence and propaganda, plus a confrontation with an apparently cruel, powerful press baron.

With her unrivaled mix of mystery and history Jacqueline Winspear takes us to a bygone London as vivid on the page as it was "between the wars."


- Gail Cooke
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I am an avid fan of Maisie Dobbs and am sad to think that the series is drawing to a close (as it seems to be). This book is much more about Maisie's relationships than normal and some reviewers have down rated the book because of it. I think it adds to what we know about Maisie rather than detracts from the tale. Not so much a mystery as others in the series but a satisfying read nonetheless.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better. 10 Jan 2013
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I have read all of Ms Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series and each time I am lost in admiration for her skill in recreating the spirit of the period she is describing. I can hear the London traffic, I can see the Kent countryside or the post war life in England or France.She recreates the atmosphere of the england of the 1920s and 30s so skilfully.
Maisie herself is a complex character who has moved out of her birth milieu yet still retains a connection to it. Her life journey is delineated at the same time as she investigates her cases but without intruding upon the mystery she is exploring.
The subsidiary characters have just as much care expended on their development.
In this, the latest episode, she is approached by a group of coster-mongers whom she knew in her childhood, they ask her to find out the circumstances behind the death of their friend Eddie. During the course of the investigation Maisie finds out disturbing details about medical experiments ( which have both historical and modern -day resonances) and also discovers more about herself. and her innermost character.The story is beautifully told, clues unfold seamlessly and the denouement is magnificently handled.
I would love to say that this is the best book in the series and the only reason I do not do so is because I have thought that about all of them.
I eagerly await the next in the series. Ms. Winspear is undoubtedly one of the most talented authors of her generation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great series
Published 9 days ago by SusieQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Johnstone Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars They just keep getting better
I love the characters in Maisie Dobbs world and this book has developed them and there are some real edges to the story which makes them believable.
Published 3 months ago by Susan Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brlliant
Can't get enough of Maisie Dobbs, she has become part of my family and I love her to bits Please continue to write about her
Published 4 months ago by Derek Pullen
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5**** -- the best maisie dobbs novel
Well done, Jacqueline Winspear. All the things that I thought were missing from the previous novel, "A Lesson in Secrets," are fully acknowledged here -- the plot brings... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stanley Crowe
3.0 out of 5 stars recommended for fans
Not suitable for a first read of the series. It's more about Maisie than solving a mystery. A good read if you've been following the books. Introspective.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting to make time to read
Haven't read it yet so I cannot comment on its content but I have enjoyed this authors other books already
Published 7 months ago by Caroline Jackon
4.0 out of 5 stars Sympathetic characters
Maisie returns to her roots with a great story blending fictional and real characters in a storyline that reflects the doubts and fears that everybody had in the years preceding... Read more
Published 7 months ago by northaw
1.0 out of 5 stars This is written by an American with little sypathy from British Life
The morals behind this book are very dubious - it seems to be on the side of capitalists who use force to prevent union organisation, and appears to justify murder (or at least... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cultural Heritage Resources
4.0 out of 5 stars In between times
This is a story of manipulation and propaganda set between the wars. Missile Dobbs investigates the death of a person from her childhood and as the story unfolds we learn how the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anne Bothwell
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