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Dorothy W.

I'm glad to hear this one is so good! I agree that finding out what happens to Maisie is the most interesting thing about the series. It certainly does sound as though Winspear is setting something up for future novels with those potential love interests!

LK

I have Winspear's earlier efforts, and this reminds me to dig out my copy! Then I can line up for this one.

Rebecca

I have not read any of these, but you make it sound fabulously entertaining.

Becca

I am just beginning this series for a Mystery Book Club and find your review very helpful. I, too, am particularly fascinated by the interwar period ... but enjoy an even broader period to include female authors between mid-1800's -1945.

iliana

Yay, so glad to hear this is another winner. I really loved the last book because I thought Maisie really had to deal with one of the hardest things in her life so far so I'm anxious to read about how she's moving forward in this book.

Darlene

I'm going to Google 'costermonger' right away. I heard that term tonight on a podcast I was listening to and don't know what that means!

Darlene

Okay, that makes sense. I was listening to Sarah Wise talk about her book The Blackest Street: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum. There were many costermongers, thanks for the education Danielle!

Danielle

Dorothy--This was a nice, enjoyable read. I sort of like that Maisie is on her own and doesn't need or isn't looking for a husband--it's kind of refreshing, but I also like that she seems to be getting over her bad war experiences, too.
LK--Hi--so glad to hear from you--hope all is well! It probably doesn't matter if you pick up any of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries, but it is sort of nice starting from the beginning and seeing how the characters develop.
Rebecca--I admit this series is one of my favorites, but if you are interested in this period, you might want to give them a try.
Becca--I hope you enjoy reading these! I probably read more between the war books, but like you I am happy to include anything from the Victorian period to post-WWII. There are lots of good books by women during these years.
Iliana--Even though this book still touches a lot on WWI, it seems like things are looking forward now. I think what happened in the last book had to happen in order for Maisie to finally break free from her past. I know these are books--but sometimes I can't help but get wrapped up in the character's lives.
Darlene--I wasn't familiar with that term either until I read it in a book (maybe even the first Maisie Dobbs book), but now I see it pop up all over the place. I must look up the Sarah Wise book, now, as I am curious about anything about the Victorian period--so thanks to you!


Litlove

You're preaching to the converted here! I love Maisie Dobbs, and just wish we didn't have to wait so long in the UK for her books (odd they come out first in America, when I rather thought she was a British writer). I'm looking forward to this one already. Have you read any Catriona MacPherson novels, Danielle? She writes in a time just after WW1 and sets her stories in Scotland, and I really enjoy these books - they are more humourous and light-hearted than the Winspear but have the same sense of historical authenticity about them.

jenclair

Another Maisie fan, here! I'm glad this one lives up to expectations.

Bride of the Book God

I'm really looking forward to this one as I've become very fond of Maisie.

I understand her books are published in the US first because, although born and brought up in Britain, she now lives in the States.

Danielle

Litlove--I think the US has managed to nab a few of your British mystery writers, as Jacqueline Winspear is not the only one I follow who now lives over here. I read the first Catriona MacPherson novel a few years ago and have always meant to read more--thanks for the reminder. Carola Dunn also writes cozies set in the 1920s--also more on the lighter side, which I need to get back to as well.
Jenclair--To be honest I don't think I've read a Maisie Dobbs mystery that I haven't enjoyed, though I do like that Maisie is changing a bit--coming out of the shadow of the war so to speak.
Bride of the Book God--I think she lives in California, doesn't she? I think we luck out by getting them first over here (as it often feels like the reverse!). She is certainly a character that grows on you as you read the books!

Tara

Wow, your favorite so far! I'm looking forward to this even more now, though I've been holding on to the most recent one since last year as a special treat. My favorite is still the first in the series.

Danielle

Tara--I also love the very first one, but I think I enjoy each new instalment as I learn more about Maisie. The mystery is a bit different this time around, too! Jacqueline Winspear's books are certainly a treat! I wish I had one to look forward to (but I am too greedy with them). Must reread now.

Melissa

I'm glad to hear that Stratton makes another appearance. I was disappointed he wasn't in An Incomplete Revenge. I'm really looking forward to this book. I just re-read An Incomplete Revenge in anticipation. Is it Tuesday yet?

Danielle

Melissa--I like Stratton as a character, too. He actually takes on a fairly important role in this book, so perhaps we'll see more of him. I'd like to start from the beginning and read them all again! And only a few more days to go... :)

Melissa

In the last conversation between Maisie and Maurice in An Incomplete Revenge, Maurice makes a comment that very accurately predicts what is to come with the Nazis in Germany. I know that Maurice has been set up as a sort of all knowing character. However, I wonder how historically accurate his comment is. Were people really seeing the signs as early as 1931 or is the author being influenced by her knowledge of what's to come? I guess my question is this: is there documented proof that people were worried about the direction Germany was taking? I'm definitely not quibbling with Winspear, but I have noticed in other historical fiction comments and ideas that seem to be born from our historical knowledge of the era being written about. I wonder if the people living during that time were able to really have such foresight. Am I making any sense at all?

Danielle

Melissa--Yes, you do make sense, and to be honest I'm not sure if Winspear is taking a few historical liberties or if the signs of what's to come were already in the air. I vaguely recall what you're talking about in the previous book. Looking at the wikipedia, Hitler became head of the Nazi party in 1921, but didn't become Chancellor of Germany until 1933. I think by then Germany like England and the US was experiencing a Depression, so perhaps there was a certain amount of obvious unrest and an idea of where Hitler was headed? This shows you how much I need to read more history!! In Among the Mad you do get a sense of how unhappy people were in England--how many were out of work. I'm really curious to see how far the Maisie Dobbs books go!

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