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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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The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear

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  • This is my first Maisie Dobbs novel, but I’ve heard about these books and thought jumping into this tour would give me a good reason for finally trying one.
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Summary from Goodreads:

In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.

August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe. Michael the youngest son of an expatriate Englishman puts duty first and sails for his father’s native country to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed among those missing in action.

April 1932. London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael’s parents, who have recently learned that their son’s remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael’s belongings a quest that takes Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier’s family and even Maisie herself. Over the course of her investigation, Maisie must cope with the approaching loss of her mentor, Maurice Blanche, and her growing awareness that she is once again falling in love.

 

My Review:

The Mapping of Love and Death was a fantastic look into the lifestyle of early 20th century folks in England.  Maisie Dobbs provided me with enough wit, strength of character and humor to make me a fan, even without knowing the back story of her character in the previous 6 books.

Mysteries tend to be hit and miss for me.  I don’t enjoy mindless thrillers anymore and usually like to have more of a story happening to get into a book.  This book has made a fan out of me and I intend to try to catch up by reading the previous books as soon as I can.

In this story, Maisie is attempting to solve the mystery involving the son of a prominent, American couple.  Little clues and tidbits are dropped throughout the unfolding of the story – but what struck me most of all was the introduction to the son at the beginning of the book.  It completely threw me off base, because I felt an initial attachment only to find it snatched away from me.

I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers and those who love to read stories of a time when things were more simple.  It’s nice to read about good, old-fashioned mystery solving without any of the technologyl devices we have today.

About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear’s website: http://jacquelinewinspear.com/.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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