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Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
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Nov 09, 2011

really liked it
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Read in October, 2011

I've been wanting to read this book for a while, as several people I know really like it, and the series of Maisie Dobbs books. I had an audiobook version, but gave up on it, since the particular recording I had wasn't broken into chapters - and since I usually listen during lunchtimes, it was hard to keep the story flowing.

The story takes place after World War I, and Maisie Dobbs, a former war nurse and woman who has worked her way up through humble beginnings, starts her own business, as a "psychologist and investigator," having been mentored by someone with an impeccable reputation. Her first case is a man who thinks his wife is cheating on him, and the story turns out to be much more benign than that. It leads Maisie into an investigation of a place called "The Retreat" which is a home for severely wounded WWI soldiers to live out their lives away from public viewing of their wounds/injuries.

Maisie is a really interesting person, with an interesting background and character. Her backstory is as interesting as the current story, and the case she investigates. The other characters are well-written and the story effective.

I cannot wait to read more books in this series!

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Brenda Mengeling The Masie Dobbs books are an excellent series. I will warn you though that they get better as they go along. I found the first two good enough, but after that they have been some of my favorites.

Bridget I'm enjoying this one so far!

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Beth I throughly enjoy this series.

Katelb1123 I really enjoyed the 1st 2 or 3 books, but they became, not only formulaic, but referred knowingly to lesser known people of that era whom we now regard with reverence: sort of an anachronistic "nudge-nudge-wink-wink".

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