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The Mapping of Love and Death (Maisie Dobbs #7)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  11,179 ratings  ·  1,011 reviews
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 beneat
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Harper
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The best yet of this series! Why PBS doesn't make this into a series is beyond me. The writing is tight, the period detail authentic and the stories always compelling.

In this book (number 7 in the series, Maisie Dobbs is on the trail of an what happened to an American cartographer who joined British forces in World War I. He was declared MIA but recently his remains were found... but war wounds were not the cause of his death. Maisie is hired by his family to get to the bottom of the mystery an
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

This installment in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series was good. Seriously good. Easily my new favorite after the debut novel. I enjoyed the mystery, the direction Maisie is taking in her life, and the surprising twist that happened at the book's end. I cannot wait to find out how Maisie (and Billy Beal's) professional and personal lives will be changed by this twist. And for the first time, Maisie didn't grate on my nerves. Has Winspear written her more sympathetical
May 13, 2011 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mysyery lovers, historical mystery readers
Another enjoyable entry in the Maisie Dobbs series. Rather than enumerate the plot details which are available above, let me say that this novel brings Maisie to a new point in her life. It closes out all aspects of her youth and allows her to move fully into adulthood. At last she knows her place in the world. That brings with it more concerns and questions to be answered in later sequels.

While some of the plot issues may have been solved a bit easily and obviously, I found I didn't mind at all
I turn to the Maisie Dobbs series when I need that tone of quiet understanding, that perfect balance of empathy and rationality. (I think I kind of want to grow up to be Maisie Dobbs, if that makes sense for an adult to say.) She unwinds crimes that are braided into people's lives -- these are not cases of jewelry snatch-'n'-grabs, where relationships exist only to provide suspects; with Winspear, it's the relationships that drive the crimes. And Maisie's priority is more in healing the wounded ...more
I'm reading the series bc they are just so addicting and while the past few have not been stellar, I wanna stick with Miss Dobbs. Thankfully, this one reignited my excitement for Maisie and her cases, both personal and professional.

Much happens here and all of it satisfying. From the case itself to Maisie's personal life, change abounds. And while change hurts, a lot of shaking up makes for great reading and reconnecting to characters.

Not to spoil anything, but look for Maisie to experience gre
If you enjoy British mysteries, then THE MAPPING OF LOVE AND DEATH is for you. Jacqueline Winspear creates a heroine in Maisie Dobbs who has a strong moral code, and she’s every bit the three-dimensional character that springs to life in well-written prose. It’s hard not to get behind her and root for her every step of the way.

While I appreciated the writing, the prose felt long and drawn out, the dialogue often turning into monologues instead of having the more immediate punch of a soliloquy. A
Carol Kerry-green
The seventh outing for Maisie Dobbs, and Winspear has written another stunner. It is 1932 and Maisie is approached by an elderly American couple Edward and Martha Clifford who have just arrived from France, where their son, Michael's remains were found with the rest of his unit in a shelled out shelter. Michael was a cartographer and thus essential to the war effort, however, the pathologist report into his death indicates that the injuries from the shelling occured after his death and that the ...more
The Mapping of Love and Death is the seventh book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. Psychologist and investigator, Maisie Dobbs is engaged by a Boston couple, Edward and Martha Clifton, whose youngest son, Michael, died in the trenches in France in 1917. Not until fifteen years later were his remains found, and with them, letters from an English Nurse.

Michael was a cartographer who had just spent part of his inheritance on land in California that h
I am with those who believe that the PBS Masterpiece series would do well to create a new series based on the Maisie Dobbs novels, of which this is one of the latest. These are historical fiction, excellently written, that happen in the time between the world wars in and around London, England. They address with deep compassion many of the faults of human beings and our societies, while along the way telling a wonderful and often suspenseful mystery story with an intriguing main character who is ...more
I love Maisie Dobbs. And, until this book, I’d loved all the stories in this mystery series. The book wasn’t bad, mind you, and provided lots of interesting details about the mapping of war.

The Mapping of Love & DeathBut there were just a couple too many coincidences that advanced the solving of the mystery to suit me: Maisie’s friend just happened to try to match-make her at dinner with a man who just happened to know a guy who made films of the troops in WWI and who just happened to have f
When reading a good series, it's hard not to be invested in the characters. This installment of the Maisie Dobbs series is the best so far. Winspear injects this story with the timeless emotions of love and loss as well as, the emotions of the time period. Each installment of this series gives you a taste and well researched view of a pivital time in our world history and the major changes that took place between the world wars.
I really enjoy these books. A solid 4 1/2 stars from me. This is the 7th one in the series. I've always liked the books but this one kept me riveted. I don't know if they are getting better or if I am just so comfortable with the characters now that it is like being with family. I wish I could be as smart as Maisie --the mysteries that she solves always keep me guessing until the very end.
Sylvia Abrams
I've become a fan of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries. The Mapping of LOVE and Death is the best one so far..Not only has Winspear mastered the art of an unexpected twist in the solution to the case, but she has also created the most compelling personal story for Maisie. In previous novels, Maisie has sometimes appeared to be a cipher for solving the crime. In this one ,she appears to fall in love with an unexpected character from previous books and finds herself in possession of unexpected wealth as ...more
The Maisie Dobbs series has been a good "tea cozy" addition to my mystery library. I enjoy the historical period detail and the insights into the time between WWI and WWII in England. And Maisie is a good character -- an independent woman in 1930's England. These books aren't "deep" but they are a good read.
Really enjoyed this Maisie Dobbs mystery. Set in post WWI England, Maisie Dobbs is an intelligent young single woman who is discovering herself at the center of a world completely changed by war. Winspear does a remarkable job of placing the reader right in the middle of this time period. Highly recommended.
Maisie is contacted by an elderly couple from the U.S. whose youngest son's body has just been discovered in a grave in Belgium. They ask her to try to find the young woman who had written him so many letters which were found with his body. Later that couple is brutally attacked in their hotel and gravely injured. Maisie suspects that the death of the son and the attack on the parents are related. Of course, Maisie has to deal with Detective Inspector Caldwell, but in this book they begin to for ...more
Another excellent Maisie Dobbs novel! I love the historical background (London in the early 1930s)of the series and Maisie is a very believable character. She's not the typical detective, but rather an investigator and psychologist. For me this is historical crime fiction at its best!
I can't wait! Love this series.

I adore this series. This book was no exception. Another great story and writing from Jacqueline Winspear. She is true to the characters. I can't wait to read the next one to see where she will take "my friends."
I love this series. I look forward to reading the Maisie books and am always a little sad when I am done. The Mapping of Love and Death definitely doesn't disappoint. I am very much looking forward to the next installment!!
These stories keep getting better and better. How does Winspear offer life lessons from the story of a pre-WWII English woman for a 2014 Southern woman?
As ever, Winspear weaves a great tale and I find myself regretting it's over.

It is the rare author who can so easily bring the reader into the world of their characters. Winspear is such an author, each book I pick up only takes a few lines to draw me into 1930s London. Maisie Dobbs is a fantastic character and she continues to evolve.

In this book, Maisie is engaged to find out what happened to a young American who served with the British Army during the Great War. His remains were recently fou
Kathy Davie
Seventh in the Maisie Dobbs historical mystery series and revolving around Maisie, a young woman who rose from the servant class to be a psychologist and investigator. This story is set in April 1932 in London.

My Take
Oh. My. God. This story is such a mess of emotion, from the loss of such a promising life, the death of someone important to so many, and the promise of the most amazing future with possibilities in romance, Maisie's work, and her future.

I am most grateful to Winspear for how she en
Let me just say first of all that I enjoyed this latest installment to the Maisie Dobbs series. I really like these stories because they strike me as being somehow deeper and more intelligent than many other historical murder mysteries (totally not intended to slight any other authors or stories, but that's the best way I can really describe how I feel Maisie Dobbs stands out a little in the genre...)

That being said, I also think there's a part of me secretly yearning for a little more of the sh
Nov 27, 2011 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of the classic English murder mystery
This book is seventh in a series of mysteries, but I found it great on its own. I read the first four Maisie Dobbs books a few years ago and enjoyed them very much, but then did not pick up another one until now. I normally hate reading a series out of order, but I was able to check this one out from the library and decided to live dangerously :-).

I love the history in these novels nearly as much as the mysteries, and the time between the two World Wars in England is a fascinating period. As Eng
I loved this book. The last book that I read in the Maisie Dobb's series "Among the Mad" was rather dark. It was about returning soldiers whose minds had been ruined during the War. This book was about a completey different aspect of WWI, cartographers. I had no idea of their importance in the war effort. But without them the soldiers wouldn't know where to go, the planes wouldn't know where to drop their bombs and the artillery wouldn't know where to send their shells. This book begins in Calif ...more
Ryan G
I read a lot of mysteries. Actually, I read more mysteries than I do anything else anymore. This is the first mystery, and this will sound strange, that made me feel at peace. Now I know that's not a normal feeling to have when reading a book about murder, but that's the way Jacqueline Winspear made me feel.

There is a gentleness, even when dealing with violence and murder, about her writing that I found intriguing and refreshing. Most mysteries have a frantic, hard pounding pace and tone that wh
I have liked all the books in the Maisie Dobbs series, some more than others, but all garnering 4 stars. All keep me engaged and wanting to know more how about how Maisie's life evolves through the years. Winspear excels at showing Maisie's growth from a downstairs employee of Lord and Lady Compton, to her work as a nurse in WWI, to establishing herself as a private investigator, through all her cases and the ups and downs of her personal life. I love the cast of characters and they are all fine ...more
Solid fiction from an author who has mastered the art of taking a character, placing her in a series of books, and evolving the character over years into a sympathetic and brilliantly realized heroine. The earliest books in the series set the tone for the development of this character, her story arc and the stories of the peripheral characters.

Taking place in the 1920s and 1930s, the story revolves around Maisie Dobbs, a girl who works "below stairs" for an aristocratic British family but who i
Lis Carey
Maisie Dobbs is once again working on a mystery with potentially explosive consequences for a family. Dr. Charles Hayden, the American doctor she met during the war and has continued to correspond with, has referred to her some Boston friends who want to know what happened to their son. Edward Clifton, the son of a major British shoe manufacturer, left England for America as a young man, and made his own fortune in America. In 1914, his youngest son, Michael, a cartographer, bought some land in ...more
Jun 19, 2010 Leslie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Leslie by: Judy
This is a very classy addition to the Maisie Dobbs series, but it smacked of being the last of the series. Everything tied up neatly, so that I don't see any place for her to move on to. Maizie is hired by a wealthy American family to find a former nurse in France in WWI with whom their son had fallen in love before he was killed. And killed had more than one meaning, since it developed that he was murdered before his bunker was attacked and everyone else died, too. Not only did we find out all ...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
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