Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs #9)
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Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs #9)

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In this latest entry in the acclaimed, bestselling mystery series, Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation that will take her across London, from her childhood neighborhood to the highest echelons of power.

“Long before the Downton Abbey craze, Jacqueline Winspear was writing remarkable mysteries about life in England circa WWI.” -- NY Jou...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Harper
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Nancy
I have thoroughly enjoyed Winspear's previous Maisie Dobbs books, but I found myself losing patience with Maisie this time around.

Perhaps she is like a friend that I need to distance myself from for a little while--I just don't feel like giving her the respect she probably deserves. But, she is annoying me. Big time.

She is so bright and so intuitive, but she is starting to feel like a bossy-pants and self-righteous know-it-all. I wish she'd lighten up a bit.

She has a devilish, darling best frie...more
Hannah
Our latest installment in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs finds Maisie trying to strike the right balance between her working class roots and her new-found prosperity - a seemingly hopeless endeavor.

At the heart of this mystery is the quest to find out what happened to Eddie Petitt- an autistic, horse-whispering costermonger who was an old friend of Maisie and her dad back in the day. Was his death an accident, or did gentle, innocent Eddie have unknown enemies?

As Maisie seeks to ferret out t...more
The Library Lady
You want to read perfect mysteries set between the wars? Read the immortal Dorothy Sayers.
The reason I bring Sayers up here (aside from the fact that anyone who loves mysteries should read her) is that her books crackled with everything Winspear's do not: characterizations that are more than superficial, well written dialogue (Winspear's writing if anything gets more stilted and stiff with each book) and above all, humor.

Even at his most fluffy, Lord Peter Wimsey is a heckuva lot more real than...more
Jenn Estepp
2 1/2.

Sigh. I really thought that my waning enthusiasm for this series had been defeated by the last few books, but it seems not. I found myself really frustrated with Maisie as a character here - frequently muttering to myself "Oh, get off your high horse, Maisie." She just comes off as super judgmental oftentimes, and even when minor characters challenge her on it - or tell her to stop interfering and trying to run everybody else's lives - she sort of acknowledges it but says "but, I'm right,...more
Judith Starkston
If you are a fan of Jacqueline Winspear’s mysteries set in London between the World Wars, when you read her last book (A Lesson in Secrets), you might have thought Maisie Dobb’s life was getting all neatly bundled up—love interest, check, financial well-being, check, good mental state, check, clear career goals, check. Perhaps overly settled. I almost thought things were getting a bit too comfy for Maisie, Winspear’s sleuth. Where’s the excitement in that? I shouldn’t have worried. Jacqueline Wi...more
Emily
This installment seemed more of a placeholder or set-up for whatever's coming next than a story in its own right. There was a still a mystery to be solved, one that connected to Maisie's own childhood, but the whole book presented itself as a lead-up to bigger, more ominous events to come. The Nazi threat is growing and those few who are willing to read the "tea leaves" are understandably concerned about the possibility of another war, but the trade-offs get into awfully gray areas ethically. Is...more
John
2.5 stars. Like her other books in this series, it is quite readable but the attention to period detail is absent on two major points which spoiled my enjoyment of this book.

The tediously ongoing, hot-and-cold relationship between the main character and her lover has become quite unbelievable here. She is now living (part-time, when not shuttling between her own two residences) with her lover. Yet there is no intimation anywhere in the book that there is anything untoward about this arrangement....more
Natalie
Sigh. I used to love this series. I loved the main character of Maisie Dobbs and how she ahead of her time in all the right ways, yet grounded and mature without being overbearing or pious. Though this book was not enough to stop me from reading the next in the series, it was enough to rob me of nearly any enthusiasm I had for it. Maisie's adolescent-like angst about her romantic relationship was annoying. The author is ruining the character by having her become overly brooding and stand-offish....more
Melissa Lenhardt
I purposely did not read my review of Winspear’s previous Maisie Dobbs novel, A Lesson in Secrets, because I didn’t want the disappointment I felt in that book to cloud my judgement of Elegy for Eddie. I have invested a lot of time into this series and want nothing more than for my love affair with Maisie and her world to continue for a long, long time. After A Lesson in Secrets, I had serious doubts. Thankfully, Winspear addressed my biggest complaint in Elegy for Eddie, focusing almost exclusi...more
Susan
I am done with this series. I'll rely on my goodreads friends to keep me abreast of Maisie's further cases and if this series improves any.

For someone of Maisie's class (working) she sure took a shine to the snobbery of the upper class. When not sticking her nose in everyone else's business, she patronizes them by the way she talks to them. I imagine some of this is from the voice the narrator uses, but most of it comes from perfect Pollyanna-Maisie.

Priscilla is still as shallow as ever. I don'...more
Jodi Rushton
I loved this book in the series. I thought every part of it was believable even if as one reviewer noted there are people who really aren't brought to justice satisfactorily. The reasons for this are made clear though, and from what we know of the incredible complexities of war, I found the outcome to be completely believable. Especially when we are talking about England slowly but surely having to come to terms with the possibility of another war more insidious and frightening they could have e...more
Diane
The BBC's Downton Abbey caused quite a stir (I myself was late to the party, watching both seasons on two marathon weekends), and increased interest in the post-WWI world in Great Britain. But readers have for years been immersing themselves in the same era with author Jacqueline Winspear's fascinating Maisie Dobbs' novels, set in London at the same time.

Maisie was a young maid in Lord and Lady Compton's home (think Anna from Downton) who was caught by Lady Rowan in the library late at night rea...more
Claudia Gray
As I first worked my way through this novel, I thought it struck some discordant notes -- most particularly in the characterization of James Compton, who seemed to go from a highly supportive, independent partner for Maisie to a more controlling and elitist figure. However, after reading it through to the ending, I realize how many of the elements that I thought rang false are instead clues. Maisie keeps feeling as though she's "suffocating" in this book and cannot share this with James; yet it...more
Nicole
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Tima
Several of Maisie's old acquaintances come to her office to ask for her help. They believe that their friend Eddie was murdered. Maisie sets out to find any clues surrounding death that might lead to this conclusion.

I haven't read any Maisie Dobbs books before this one. But I do enjoy a good who-done-it or mystery novel. This book was okay, but it certainly wasn't great. The story seemed to meander slowly along without anything happening for long periods of time. Her indecision about her boyfrie...more
Colleen
It's interesting. Maisie Dobbs could be a neat character but she's one of the most exasperating "detectives" in this genre. She's not someone I would want to work with or befriend and she is annoying in almost every chapter. This is unfortunate because I was very enthusiastic from the first few books, but the more I have gone through this series, the less I like her. However, I still read them and this series is taking a turn for the better from the last book (which I strongly disliked).

Much le...more
Cathy
An interesting Maisie Dobbs installment--better than the last one. Winspear takes Maisie in an interesting direction as she becomes more aware of ways that her war-time experiences have had a detrimental effect on her psyche. The novel poses some interesting questions about how a country should deal with a potential threat to its safety and sovereignty, how open the process of decision-making should be, and who gets to decide. From a post-World War II vantage point, it's easy to say that England...more
Carol Storm
Why? Why? Why do I keep doing this to myself?

Maisie Dobbs, the Nicest Detective In England, returns again with another non-violent mystery "thriller" where there is no sex, no violence, no action. Billy gets beat up, but he recovers. Maisie loses her temper, briefly, but soon composes herself by taking her twit boyfriend James out for some ice cream. Winston Churchill has a cameo, but doesn't say or do anything that might, you know, impact the story.

Is this author for real?



Sue
Well as usual, I'm not about summarizing plot here as it is summarized everywhere else. As always in Winspear's novels, there is a central mystery which Maisie Dobbs is hired to investigate. Along the way, she also continues her personal quest to discover herself in her long walk out of Lambeth into the fashionable mansions of London. These two quests are especially joined in this episode and ultimately led me to appreciate the novel more. The central mystery at times becomes a bit rickety with...more
Jan Rice
What if there were a country still traumatized by a recent war whose people aren't ready to face the storm clouds of a new war boiling up on the horizon? That is the setting of the latest book in the Maisie Dobbs series. It's England, 1933, during the first three months that Hitler has taken power in Germany.

The story works on several levels. On the first, Maisie, psychologist and private eye, has to solve the death of a young man with an Asperger's Syndrome-like condition. The second level rel...more
Erin
I find Maisie rather frustrating in her personal relationships. I totally understood her reticence about relationships for the first few books as we learned about Simon, and I get that she's kind of still messed up about all that, but she's got this tendency to get all wishy washy every few books. Or maybe the opposite of wishy washy, where she just makes up her mind that it's not working out and that she's not the right person for whomever she's with and starts to break away without actually tr...more
Charly
One of the best entries in the series: I read it in an evening. An interesting companion piece to Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, it's set in 1933, the year Hitler became chancellor. The stakes feel higher, the connections were harder to foresee (although my complaint stands that the mystery per se is often left somewhat ambiguous), and the inner peace/mysticism/hocus pocus aspect was toned down. It raises important questions vis a vis freedom of the press, propaganda in wartime, and arms...more
Patty
Elegy For Eddie
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Jacqueline Winspear

My " in a nutshell" summary...

An old friend dies...it's up to Maisie to determine why!

My thoughts after reading this book...

I am positive that I have read just one Maisie Dobbs book in my life and I really did not love it. When I mentioned this to my sister she was in shock. She devours every Maisie Dobbs book as quickly as they come out but...until this book I just didn't get it.

This book, however, changed that feeling for me! Maisie is spunky! She is a woma...more
Amy Lignor
Jacqueline Winspear has certainly proven time and time again that she can write these English mysteries and make them as good and fun as Agatha did with Miss Marple. Here is the next title featuring the fun, independent and witty, Maisie Dobbs - an investigator extraordinaire - solving yet another crime in this ninth installment of the line.

We begin this book as WWII looms in the near distance. Readers are first shown a young woman by the name of Maudie Petit who is working hard in a barn, makin...more
Linda
I received his book as a goodreads giveaway and very glad I did; though this book is not from a genre I normally read I truly enjoyed the book.


This is the ninth book in the authors series about her captivating and intelligent private investigator, Masie Dobbs. This book can be read as a stand alone ! Ms Winspear does a wonderful job of setting time, location and character description so anyone can follow along.

Briefly so as not to provide too many spoilers ; Masie is called upon by a group of o...more
Liz
Another absorbing Maisie Dobbs mystery – Jacqueline Winspear is a fine writer. Her characters are memorable and genuine, and her plots combine mystery and historical fiction without being heavy-handed. In this story, several of London’s costermongers – old friends of Maisie’s father, who also used to sell produce from a horse-drawn wagon – come to Maisie looking for answers when “simple-minded” Eddie Pettit is killed in what is officially ruled an accident. Eddie was a man who had a special way...more
Cheryl
Maisie is one of my favorite heroines, and Jacqueline Winspear one of my favorite authors. Long after I've read one of her books, some parts - and even exact phrases - stay in my mind and filter back in. I like that Maisie (unlike Kinsey) is ageing as the books come along. In this novel, Great Britain is ageing too, and drawing closer to 1939. Maisie is dealing, emotionally and intellectually, with the gift of wealth that Maurice left to her - for a girl who started out as a skivvy, in service i...more
Susan Johnson
Maisie has been through so much in her short life. She started out as a house servant when she was quite young (14 or so) and her then employer discovered her love of reading and had her educated. She became a nurse in WW1 and saw horrific things. Her fiancee was severely injured in the war and in a long coma. Now a detective and having inherited a large fortune from a mentor, Maisie is dating the son of her former employer and is ready to take on the world. Or is she?
Several costermongers (ped...more
Jennifer
I received a free advance copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

Maisie Dobbs has been detecting for a while now. The mystery series started out by dealing with the aftermath of World War I, but our heroine is pushing WWII territory now. In this novel, as in "A Lesson in Secrets," political trouble brewing and fears about Hitler are a theme. Another theme is knowing where you come from, a challenge for Maisie who feels close to her humble roots and is asked to investigate the death of Ed...more
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Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England. Following higher education at the University of London’s Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK.

She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business and as a personal / professional coach, Jacqueline embarked upon a li...more
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