Me (to husband): Hey. If our next kid is a girl, can we name her Maisie? Husband: Um. Can I think about it? MeA real conversation at my house this week:
Me (to husband): Hey. If our next kid is a girl, can we name her Maisie? Husband: Um. Can I think about it? Me: Maisie Sue, after your mom? Husband: we can discuss it later.
This book was so beautifully subtle in that delicious British way. It was a little bit like Alexander McCall Smith in that it was interesting but also very comforting and comfortable. Its the perfect read for a cold rainy afternoon. It was so much more sophisticated than other books classified as "cozy mysteries" that I'd hesitate to classify it as such. The structure was different: the first third of the book was the "mystery" set in 1929, the middle third (or so) was Maisie's back story (WWI and surrounding years), and the last third was the resolution of the mystery (1929).
I've read a few complaints about a little bit at the end that reveal some less-than-flattering characteristics about Maisie. I think her reaction was human and real. While some claim that it made them dislike the book, I think I like it more because of her flaws. Without this, she would have been too perfect and flat. It boosted Maisie's Melanie Wilkes with a dash of Scarlett O'Hara - just a dash - and just enough.
Eh. It's okay. Perhaps a little too cozy. I imagine this series being popular among old spinsters with cats. Mysteries are always a little better thanEh. It's okay. Perhaps a little too cozy. I imagine this series being popular among old spinsters with cats. Mysteries are always a little better than other fluff, though, since they require a bit of planning and thought. I'm not opposed to reading more in the series, but probably not while I have so many wonderful rich classics beckoning me. Not terrible, just okay....more