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Claire (The Captive Reader)

I just put the first Maisie book on hold at the library and am quite looking forward to it. I don't know why it's taken me so long to come to this series, probably because I'm not a huge mystery fan. However, your description of the books as "novels with a mystery incorporated into the story" sounds perfect for me. Looking forward to catching up on all the books!


Claire--I loved the first book. It goes into her childhood and how she served as a nurse during the war. I've read it and listened to it on audio as well. I think you'll like these as they are as much about Maisie and the interwar period as about the mystery she is solving. You'll have to let me know what you think after you've read it! I hope you enjoy it!!


I've read the first book in this series, but haven't continued on. I hope to change that this year because I know this is a wonderful bunch of books. Thanks for telling us about the new one.


Thanks for the heads up on the new website. You make it sound like such an exciting book....counting down the days until March 23.

Claire--I thought that I didn't like mysteries, either, until I read the first Maisie Dobbs book! I hope you enjoy it.


You know I'm a fan and this sounds marvellous. I will look out for it when it's published over here.


Among the Mad was my first Maisie Dobbs book and I really liked it. I will have to keep an out for this one!


I've never heard of these, but it sounds like something I'd enjoy. I've been looking for a series to get into.


Just love these books and really wish I had this one right now in my current snowbound state. So glad to hear it is worthy of the rest of the series.


Kay--I think this is one of the few series I have actually been keeping up with--reading as they are published. I hope you get a chance to read more-I find them really enjoyable reads!
Maire--This is definitely my favorite so far (though I really love the first book in the series, too). I think these books do tend to appeal to those who aren't really mystery readers--there's a good story to them as well!
Litlove--It's always nice to have a Maisie Dobbs novel to look forward to!
Stefanie--I'm glad you liked it. I know you don't read a lot of mysteries, but she seems to have a general appeal.
Kari--You're in for a treat if you decide to pick these up. This was the seventh book and they are fairly quick reads!
Frances--Sorry to hear about your snow (I'm fed up with winter personally)--this would be good reading to keep your mind off things. I think it's her best yet and am sad to think I have a whole year to wait for another one!


Since this is one of my favorite series, my eyes are officially green with envy!

Dorothy W.

I'm so glad this one was good! I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next in the series. I'm really hooked on it, so it's fun to think I can read more soon. Maybe my library will have it (don't think I want to buy it, especially in hard cover).

Margaret Powling

I have them, and have read them all and the new one is on order from ... so I've not read your blog because I don't want to spoil the story; I know you won't give away the plot or denouement, but I don't want to be swayed in any way whatsoever ... just glad that you and so many others love these books as much as I do. Charles Todd's latest, A Duty to the Dead, is somewhat Maisie-like insofar as it's set in the immediate post World War 1 period, and the heroine/sleuth is a nurse. Almost as good as our Maisie, but not quite! But then, I'm biased. Jacqueline Winspear is English although she lives in the USA!


Cathy--It's not often I have a book in my hands before anyone else!! It's not long now until it's published so hopefully the wait won't be too bad! :)
Dorothy--I hope you like this one. She's really moving the story along and I'll be curious to see what others think. But I like the direction she's taking Maisie's life.
Margaret--I understand about skimming posts (or just reading first and last sentences) as you don't want to ruin anything. I've not given away any of the plot really, but like you I prefer to know very little about the story before I start reading! It's much nicer to let it all develop as I go. I also liked the Todd book and Bess Crawford, but it's very different really from Maisie. Just as well as I'd hate to have to compare. I think Jacqueline does an excellent job of getting details right, though you'd know better than me as I don't always pick up on the little anachronisms (or incorrect references/language usage). I like that she incorporated California into the story, which is where she lives.


I love the Maisie Dobbs series just as much for the mysteries as well as the way Winspear brings history alive. I've yet to read Among the Mad, so I'll be starting with that first before attempting her latest!


Oh, this sounds so good! I cannot wait. Like you, the mysteries are secondary to me now to the characters. I am so worried about Billy and his wife, and wonder if Maisie will ever let anyone male get closer to her. Sigh.

I also have Book of Fired borrowed from the library! I hope we like it ;-)


Great review Danielle! I was really looking forward to your thoughts on this one and am so glad you think it's even better than the previous one. Like you I thought Among The Mad was fantastic so I can't wait to see Maisie grow more. This is really a terrific series.


I won one of the three giveaway copies of this book last month, and have just finished it. I am pleased to have been so enthusiastically introduced to Maisie Dobbs, and I found this a gripping read. I do think, however, that it would be better to read the books in order so that Maisie's own story has a better context. I found some of the references to her past exploits a bit vague, and I found the descriptions of her independence a bit forced. I imagine that the author's difficulty is in creating a character who has the independence of a late twenthieth-century woman but the authenticity of a post-war character. All of which to say, I do suggest beginning at the beginning before making your way through the latest page-turning installment.


Nathalie--I'm glad you enjoyed the book. I didn't realize you hadn't yet read any of the Maisie novels. Sometimes it doesn't matter where you start in a series, but with these books I think the reading experience would be a little richer to have had all the backstory. Hopefully you liked it enough to go back sometime and start with the first book. The Maisie Dobbs books are some of my favorite comfort reads!


I just finished this last night. I loved it and can't wait to see what happens next for Maisie.


Tricia--I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it as well. I loved it, too, and am also wondering where the story is going next. Winspear seemed to open several more possible storylines up this time around.

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