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Leaving Everything most loved (Maisie Dobbs)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
I enjoy the Maisie Dobbs stories written so eloquently by Jacqueline Winspear.
Set just post the Great War, the historical contexts are evocative.
To explain too much would spoil the experience of these intelligent, reflective and informative stories.
The realities of life are woven into the fabric, alongside values in society at all levels.
Questioning the status quo, in a profound and gentle way.
The mysteries are thoughtfully constructed, too.
I will always be a fan.
Please, Jacqueline, don't stop writing them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2014
I've read all the 10 books about Maisie Dobbs and all the people in her life,I loved her dad I thought he was great and I thought Billy and Sandra were great character's. I hope this is not the end of Maisie I want to know how she does In India and then what she will send in telegraph, yes or no. Please don't let this be the last in the life of Maisie Dobbs you must have loads of stories you could write about her. So sad coming to the end of this book.😤😹💔xx
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2014
I have read all the Maisie Dobbs books and I think they are more than maintaining their quality. This one was particularly good with its storyline of attitudes to Asian immigrants before the war combined with Maisie's ongoing personal issues with her fiancée and employees in the period just before WW2. She is an interesting character who has grown like Harry Potter throughout the series. Anyone new would be well advised to go back to the first book and read then in order.. They combine historical and philosophical ideas with the dawning of the use of psychology as a tool in criminal investigation.
All this done by a woman of humble origins.who by good fortune fell under the influence and mentorship of a famous psychologist who encouraged her to follow in his footsteps and make her way as a private psychological investigator.
The period flavour is always well conveyed. These are not blood and thunder books which will set your heart racing but they can be gripping and suspenseful . I find that unlike some crime books the plots of Winspear's books stay with you
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Leaving Everything Most Loved is the tenth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and private investigator, is engaged by (former) Sergeant-Major Pramal, of India, to investigate the murder, some two months earlier, of his sister, Usha, a governess living in London. Scotland Yard have made no progress with the case, so Maisie’s team have a challenge ahead of them with this cold case. When Maisie visits the ayah’s hostel where Usha had been living, she gets the impression that the couple running the supposedly charitable institution are not quite what they seem, and before Maisie can speak to her privately, Usha’s friend and fellow lodger, Maya Patel is murdered in the same manner: shot between the eyes and found in the nearby canal.

Maisie’s assistant, Billy Beal is back in the job, but apparently not completely recovered from the attack that hospitalised him: his distraction affects his investigative abilities. Maisie takes over the case of a missing boy and a chance remark by DI Caldwell has her wondering if their two cases are linked. But Maisie is distracted too, by her burgeoning desire to travel overseas in her mentor’s footsteps. It seems that Usha Pramal was well loved, for her personality and her healing powers. As Maisie investigates, all manner of possible suspects present themselves. Maisie wonders if jealousy or a case of mistaken identity are the answer, or was there some sort of racial motivation? Or is it all about love? Winspear once again gives the reader a plot with plenty of twists and turns. She touches on the plight of Indian ayahs abandoned far from home; shell shock and mixed marriage also feature. The final chapters ensure that future books in the series will be quite different. Another excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Never read a Maisie Dobbs novel I didn't enjoy - this one is no exception. It deals with murder (twice), but also, as befits our Maisie, with prejudices; this time about "them and us" - we had only a few immigrants in the UK from the Indian sub-continent back in 1933, but the problems were there, even then, when people wrinked their noses when Indian food was mentioned, and when a woman in a sari passed in the street. An eye opener indeed. Another well researched novel by Winspear to be enjoyed by fans of Maisie Dobbs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2014
The tenth novel in this series is a fitting climax to the sequence of books. Jacqueline Winspear has again provided a satisfying mystery with engaging characters. All the books in the series provide gripping plots. What is so good about all these novels is the way Winspear has explored how the First World War influenced peoples lives. She brings out the hardship of the times. All who read the books will have great admiration for Masie Dobbs. This is truly an excellent series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2014
Wiinspear never disappoints. This new novel is wonderful. I will follow Maisie Dobbs anywhere. A book hard to put down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2014
What can I say only that she just gets better with each compelling story. She just gets better and better
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2013
I am a fan of the Maisie Dobbs books - I have read them all and look forward to new releases. On the one hand this means that I am expecting to love the next book that comes along, but having such high expectations can lead to disappointment. I don't know if I didn't enjoy this book because I had been anticipating its release for a while, was expecting it to be brilliant and was left disappointed or if it just wasn't very good.
I thought the plotline was interesting, unfortunately it didn't come off as the writing wasn't up to that of the previous books. The book seemed to have been rushed. The usually good sub-stories of Maisie's employees, family, friends & the times she is writing about are what to me make the series stand out, but not this time.
It was readable but if it had been my first Maisie Dobbs I don't think I would be bothered to read any more in the series.
If you are new to the series don't start with this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
We have read all of the Maisie Dobbs books and they never disappoint, it's always nice to see what she is up to again, and how she has moved on in her life. Can't wait for the next instalment.
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