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Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
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Apr 26, 2012

Read in April, 2012

Maisie is asked by old childhood costermonger acquaintances to find the reason for the death of Eddie Pettit, a gentle soul who was wonderful with horses. She discovers he was accidentally killed because, although he was slow, he could copy anything he saw, and he copied the planes of airplanes from the house of a newspaper owner for whom he was working. A reporter, Sebastian, encouraged Eddie to do this for a story he was writing. Sebastion is murdered - deliberately - by the newspaper owner's thugs, and another man, who picked on Eddie, was killed by the costermongers. The newspaper owner is working to prepare England for another war with Germany, and although not evil, perhaps even prophetic, he directly or indirectly is responsible for the deaths. Churchill is a character in the story as well.

Masie and James, who are somewhat living together, seen to have reached an understanding that neither is their true love. Still friends. James may go to Canada to test the new planes.

Masie realizes she's interfered in the lives of others, despite her good motives, and wants to take some time for herself to travel.

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