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Among the Mad

(Maisie Dobbs #6)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  17,821 ratings  ·  1,383 reviews

In the thrilling new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of An Incomplete Revenge, Maisie Dobbs must catch a madman before he commits murder on an unimaginable scale

It’s Christmas Eve 1931. On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the prime minister’s office receives a letter threate

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Published February 17th 2009 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this series is really growing on me now and in this particular episode it was nice to see Maisie warming up a bit and becoming an easier person to like.
The author is very good at writing accurately about this period of English life, especially the way she deals with the many social injustices of the time. In this story we hear about mental asylums and the grotesque treatments they used, and also a lot about the suffering of returned soldiers from the Great War.
I also loved the way Maisie
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I don't know if the Maisie Dobbs books fall in the 'chicklit' category or not, but I have a secret weakness for them. I am reading this one on my fancy new Kindle, which is skinnier than I would ever have thought possible. Life is good.

The burning question, of course, remains the same. Will this be the book where Maisie finally gets laid? Will she even get a chaste peck on the cheek? Lord knows, it's time - it's been 14 years since the end of the Great War, and the shell-shocked fiance who was c
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads, mysteries
Among the Mad is quite possibly the closest I'm ever going to get in liking the character of Maisie Dobbs. While I have enjoyed the series as a whole, I haven't always enjoyed Maisie, and it wasn't until her last adventure ( An Incomplete Revenge ) that Maisie and her cold fish-ery ways didn't make me want to wack her upside the head with a cloche hat. In fact, this installment (the sixth in the series) finds Maisie relatively normal. She's not conjuring up some Jedi power deep within her diaphr ...more
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fiction
Learned new British words. Elevenses is a snack similar to afternoon tea, but it usually occurs around 11 am. Might consist of cake or biscuits with a cup of tea.
A Burns dinner was mentioned. It is a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns, a Scottish poet who wrote Auld Lang Syne. The dinner has a format that is followed and is usually held on or near Burn's birthday on January 25th.
I am sad to have finished this book, as it might be a year or so until the next. Love Maisie, Billy,
♥ Sandi ❣
3.25 stars

The 6th book in the Maisie Dobbs series, for me, has been the best so far. Seeing that it was unfolding at Christmas time, made me hesitant, since I don't read or enjoy Christmas books. However, this book did not make Christmas its focal point or even much of a background setting.

This book delved more into the military world, of which Maisie was an Army nurse on the front lines, and the lingering problems of the discharged servicemen, not unlike our current military situation today. I
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last night (2/20/09) I met Teri Garzon and we went to Vroman's to hear Jacqueline Winspear speak about this book, the latest in her Maisie Dobbs series. She talked about different experiences or memories from her life that sparked the ideas for this new book. As a teenager, she did voluteer work at a mental hospital, which sparked an idea for this book. She also spoke about her grandfather and his "shell shock" from World War I. Finally she related a brief personal experience when she was workin ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another terrific entry in a terrific series. As Winspear's writerly skill and control grow, we see Maisie too settle in to a new degree of control over her personal and professional life, recognizing -- as we and her pal Priscilla have known all along -- that she has not yet fully rejoined the living after the war, and deciding to make that change. The subplot involving the Beale family continues, and nicely parallels both the main murder plot and Maisie's own evolution. One of the best so far. ...more
Christi M
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
In Among the Mad, Maisie Dobbs is out on a busy street with her employee on Christmas Eve when she witnesses a WWI veteran commit suicide. The next day a letter is received addressed to the Prime Minister indicating there will be more loss of life unless something is done to help these veterans; however, the letter goes on to mention Maisie by name. Scotland Yard's Special Branch calls Maisie and the detective work begins.

There are 2 things I really love about this Maisie Dobbs mystery. 1) I app
May 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy the Mary Russell detective series
The sixth in the Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, series picks up on Christmas Eve 1931. Winspear has done a nice job of developing her characters throughout the series, allowing them to grow and change according to circumstances. Although a few characters strain credulity, that can be forgiven because they serve the greater purpose of the plots. Maisie, our intrepid but no-longer-young girl detective has risen from poverty and domestic service, past service as a nurse in France, to ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series, and I'm not a big fan of mystery books. However, what I do like about these books is her style. The series is set in the late 20s, early 30s, just when Britain is still reeling from shell-shocked soldiers, a shaky economy, and small step forward into modernity in terms of women's rights. Maisie, despite being a thoroughly modern Millie, is still very much an elegant and genteel lady. She has empathy for her fellow human being regardless of their situation, ...more
My sixth Maisie Dobbs mystery and I am still (and hopefully always) loving her and her stories.

Christmas Eve, London, 1931. Maisie and Billy are in the street, walking from their office to Billy's home. Christmas packages for the Beales are in their arms. Maisie notices a man sitting on the ground, gray looking and sad. She nears him with change in her hand. She gasps when she sees him reach into his pocket. An explosion occurs, killing the man and causing Maisie to strike her head on the ground
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winspear, Jacqueline. AMONG THE MAD. (2009). ****.
This author has been consistently putting out excellent installments in her Maisie Dobbs series, and this is another one. This time, Maisie has to deal with an unknown man who has threatened to do the City of London (or people in it) some sort of grievious harm unless his demands are met. His demands are that the veterans of the Great War be given the pensions that they were promised – especially those who were not recognized as being “wounded” b
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked the first two books in this series the best. This one was similar to the last few - WWI history, Maisie Dobbs calm & cool sleuthing ability, with her personal life not taking as much progress as I expected. It's an okay book. Clean, though.

And I am always annoyed when I feel that books digress with personal development in a following novel, which this one seemed to w/ Doreen, Billy's wife. She was getting over Lizzie's death at the end of the last novel, so I was rather surprised wh
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“…inside the villain is a victim…”

Among The Mad is the sixth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. After witnessing a suicide in the street near her office, Maisie is seconded by Special Branch to help investigate a case, possibly related, involving letters containing non-specific threats to the public, and finds herself visiting No 10 Downing Street. It is of concern that MI5 are also involved, but Maisie’s special skills and her unique perspectiv
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Maisie Dobbs brings to mind my grandmother, a divorced woman with a career in the 1930s. Though she never said much about it, I know she faced obstacles that men did not. I admire Maisie’s—and my grandmother’s—self-sufficiency and independence, focus, perseverance, awareness of others’ problems and desire to help. Some things have changed for the better, and some have not; despite improvements in medicine and psychology, many U.S. veterans face a disturbing lack of treatment for the physical and ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book, bard
Excellent as always and so British
Karen Kay
This one was different from the previous books, it has a darker tone.
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I found this book quite by chance at the library. What luck! Little did I know it was the 6th book in a series. I liked it so much I decided to read the series backward - just finished, and want to go forward and read through to #6 again!

These books are not ordinary! Maisie Dobbs is a psychologist/private investigater in post-WWI London. She came from a poor family but was given a chance to better herself by an upper-class woman with a good heart. Maisie worked as a tweeny maid in the woman's ho
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book which is #6 in the Maisie Dobbs series and I liked it better than any of the others other than #1 which was my most favorite. The story really moves along in this one and Winspear seems to be re-energized by her characters again. I do like picking up with the same characters as the reader feels a relationship with them. I find myself really interested in the time period and what life was like for women in England at this point in time - post WWI, pre WWII.
Good book. I re
I love this series so much! It's been a while since I've visited with Maisie and her friends and family. Much too long. I have missed her. I especially like listening to the books as the narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, is perfect for Maisie and every character, but especially Maisie. Her voice is exactly as I imagine it in my cranium when I read them as print books.
I like how the story is more than the mystery to be solved. The surrounding characters have a story to tell too. This time, it's more wit
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
My favorite Maisie Dobbs mystery yet. I really appreciate how the author reflects on war and its consequences. This was a very timely read.
Nancy Butts
Apr 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Book 6, and for all the progress that I thought the author had made in making Maisie a more realistic and appealing character by Book 5, it's all gone in this novel, which I didn’t like much at all. There are many reasons why. For one, I felt that the author hammered away too hard, too long, and too often about her theme of the plight of the walking wounded from World War I; when you overdo a message like that, it backfires, making people care less, not more.

I also felt that the author was tryi
Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Mal Warwick
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your taste in crime fiction runs to blood, guts, and gore, you’re unlikely to enjoy reading Jacqueline Winspear‘s Maisie Dobbs series. If, instead, you favor a more cerebral approach focused on three-dimensional character development and psychological insight, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Winspear’s outstanding work.

Maisie Dobbs is a brilliant young working-class woman who gained an elite education under the sponsorship of the aristocratic family that employed her as a maid.
Martha O.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There something comforting about reading a series of books with the same characters. And it's even better when it's British period drama, it involves mystery, and there's a strong female lead. Among the Mad is Jacqueline Winspear's sixth Masie Dobbs novel, and it was just as good as the first five.

The series takes place just after the end of WWI, when a country, it's soldiers, and it's civilians are reeling and recovering from the physical, emotional, and mental damages of war. Maisie is a train
Laura Edwards
Dang, I was hoping the Maisie Dobbs books were getting better. Having her working with Special Branch had me wary from the get go, but the idea of Maisie dabbling in espionage works better than in some series that have taken a similar turn. If she is to stay involved with the evolving world crisis for the time frame, Maisie will need more than simple detective work to remain in the thick of things. Unfortunately in "Among the Mad", I found no reason for Robbie MacFarlane to have such confidence ...more
Mark Robison
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sixth book in the series but my first. I really enjoyed it and suspect I'll read them all, but having the last 12 to 15 percent being about tying up loose ends and catching up on the main characters made me less enthusiastic. Still, of all the private investigator characters out there, I most want to be Maisie Dobbs. A bit like “Call the Midwife,” the book is set in London between the first and second World Wars and stars a woman who got pretty beat up on the battlefields in France and now medit ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
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Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the sixth in the Maisie Dobbs series and one of the darkest books in the series. The book opens on Christmas Eve 1931 in London in which the population is still recovering from World War I and is in the depths of the Great Depression. While this book stands alone, I think that these books should be read in order because of the character development that takes place over the series. I'm very interested in the interwar period of the 20th century and the Maisie Dobbs series can be read alon ...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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