Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

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Reason for Reading:
  • I’m a huge fan of Maisie Dobbs.

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Summary from GoodReads:

t’s Christmas Eve 1931. On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit 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. After being questioned and cleared by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard’s elite Special Branch, she is drawn into MacFarlane’s personal fiefdom as a special adviser on the case. Meanwhile, Billy Beale, Maisie’s trusted assistant, is once again facing tragedy as his wife, who has never recovered from the death of their young daughter, slips further into melancholia’s abyss. Soon Maisie becomes involved in a race against time to find a man who proves he has the knowledge and will to inflict death and destruction on thousands of innocent people. And before this harrowing case is over, Maisie must navigate a darkness not encountered since she was a nurse in wards filled with shell-shocked men.

My Review:

I’m not much of a mystery reader – I’ll be the first to admit that, after reading mysteries for years, they become a bit predictable for me.

The exception to that, however, is a well-researched historical mystery, and Jacqueline Winspear offers this decadent, perfect combination of mystery, fantastic heroine, and historical accuracy that is hard to resist.

I’ve only read a few of the Maisie Dobbs stories (and oddly out of order, so don’t let not having #1 stop you from reading them!) and they are really, really easy to get into and very hard to put down. I feel like I’m cheating on my homework every time I picked this book up – even though my homework was done! just because I was enjoying myself so thoroughly.

I really enjoyed the plot of Among the Mad. I’m reviewing this for a book tour, and took a chance and let the tour host pick my title for me, and I am thoroughly pleased with how that Russian Roulette turned out.

If you haven’t experienced the Maisie Dobbs stories, I recommend you do so as soon as possible – even if you aren’t a mystery lover. I think you’ll find there’s a little bit of everything for everyone in these books.

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