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

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In this mystery, 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.
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by HarperTorch
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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?
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...more
The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear is the seventh in the cozy mystery series about Maisie Dobbs. The setting is post-World War I London and the period is powerfully evoked. Winspear has clearly done her research but is able to use this research lightly and go beyond it to give her complex heroine a vivid environment. Maisie is a woman who rose from poverty and became a nurse during the war and is now both a psychologist and a detective. One could say, in fact, that she is a det...more
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...more
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
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
Carolyn Hill
I have read all the installments in the Maisie Dobbs series and find them compelling but weighed down by the sad, grim, heavy atmosphere of the events and repercussions of World War I. Though in this book an American man dies in the trenches with the Brits, his death, proved to be by murder rather than a casualty of the fighting, has less to do with the war than with personal resentment and greed. I found the motivation of the murderer (did he or didn't he intend to kill the victim?) to be a lit...more
Well this book didn't live up to what I was hoping that it would be.

LIKES: I liked the last chapter. It was probably the only part of the book that really hooked me, but it was damn good. I liked the spirit and independence of the main character.

DISLIKES: I didn't like the way the book was laid out. It was only half mystery and half of it was the personal life of the main character. She went out of her way to go out and visit these suspects and then there is literally only a page of conversati...more
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 younge...more
Apparently, once an author has made enough money for a publisher, her final drafts go straight-to-publication. This one's a great example as it opens with a whopper of a factual error: British emigrant to America arrives "40 years earlier (than 1914) at Ellis Island" ... well ... surprise -- that facility didn't exist until 1892!

The mystery angle in this one seemed secondary here to developments in Maisie's personal life. I'm not too keen on the way that was handled, but am not singling out Wins...more
Michael Clifton was a young American cartographer with an English father who had just finished surveying and buying a plot of land in California when he read about World War 1 breaking out in Europe and decided to sail to Britain to offer his services. Three years later Michael and others on his team were listed as missing.
In 1932 Maisie Dobbs is hired by Michael’s parents. Their son’s body has finally been discovered and with it a bunch of love letters from a British nurse as well as other pers...more
The seventh Maisie Dobbs book is an investigation into the wartime death of an American cartographer. It's an improvement over the last few books in this series, but that's thanks more to movement in her ongoing story than the central mystery.

Maisie's glacially-paced personal life finally begins to thaw, and there's another sad event for her to face. Something comes as a complete surprise to her that really shouldn't, but Maisie often fails to apply her insight to her own situation.

The mystery h...more
Janice Aitkens
This is the 7th book in what is at present a 10 book series
Maisie Dobbs was a Nurse in WW1 & the books start in the 1920s, this book starts in 1932
The story is about an American who was posted missing in the Great War & his body just been found in a field by a farmer, it turns out he was murdered So Maisie has been asked by his American Family to look in to it, she reads letters & his Journal to help her & her assistant Billy Beale, the American couple are attacked while at the h...more
I loved this latest episode in the Maisie Dobbs series. It and the first book are probably my favorites in the series. This one is set in 1932 with another mystery stemming out of WWI. The mystery itself was enjoyable.

It has always seemed surprising to me how much the war lingers in the characters' lives. It will be really interesting to see how the coming WWII plays a role.

The other part of the book was about Maisie's personal life which added a few big developments. The past few books have s...more
Sian Jones
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Highly recommend this book. A mystery but very very good, more than a mystery, a window into life at that particular time just after WWI. This could easily be a PBS series possibly as enjoyable as Downton Abbey.
I have been having a love affair with Maisie Dobbs since jumping into the first book and this was my favorite thus far. I read some reviews hinting that this may be the last book in the series and I desperately hope that is not true. I can see that things will be changing and the landscape will be different but I hope Winspear continues the saga of Maisie. I want to find out what happens with her and James. I want to know if she takes on the trust left to her by Maurice. There is still so much t...more
May 18, 2012 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: World War I buffs
A wonderful addition to the series. Several big events happen in this book, in addition to the solving of Maisie's latest case, the death of a soldier in World War I which turns out to be a murder, and the convoluted transatlantic history of his family which is uncovered in the process of solving the crime.
There is a certain period flavor in the writing which will either strike you as charmingly appropriate or turn you off. If you are really interested in the period, you will love these books a...more
Love reading series (especially from the beginning) and see how the characters develop and what happens in their lives. This one, I did guess some of the events.....

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...more
Jun 17, 2014 Betty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Betty by: Publisher for review

The Mapping Of Love And Death
Jacqueline Winspear

Reviewed by Betty Cox
Posted July 2, 2010

Mystery Historical

Maisie Dobbs, a London psychologist, empathic, and investigator is retained by a wealthy American family who has just learned that after being declared missing for over twenty-years, their son's body was found in a mass grave in France. Michael Clifton was a citizen of the United States when war was declared in Europe and he felt that his skill at cart...more
May 10, 2014 Andree rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
3.5 stars. I liked it, but not as well as some in the series.

I continue to really enjoy the world this one is set in, and the supporting characters. I really enjoyed some of the personal stuff in this one, but I just wasn't invested in the case. Maybe it's because Inspector Caldwell isn't as fun as Stratton, or as fun as either Dr. Blanche, or MacPherson (or whatever special investigations guy's name was). Something just felt off with the case this time. I did really enjoy the Clifton family the...more
Mar 25, 2014 Lianne added it
In this Maisie Dobbs novel, there is a California connection. Michael Clifton, who has an American mother and English father, has bought land in the Santa Inez Valley. His careful cartography and surveying skills have found evidence of oil on the land. Just then World War I breaks out, and Michael honors his father's country by joining the fight and offers his skills to the English army in France. While in France he falls in love with a mysterious nurse with whom he shares an intense corresponde...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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