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Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs #6)

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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: mysteries, 2011-reads
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: fiction, 2009
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,
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Loraine scott
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of these books. I just completed the latest in her series. It is a bit more dark than the others because of the seriousness of the subject but still it is worth the read. The series starts with Maisie Dobbs. She is a physcologist/P.I. who begins her career just after WWWI. Women were branching out into all sorts of new fields but not welcomed into many. Police work was not a welcoming field. It still isn't. Maisie is a young woman who has aged because of the rages of war and its ...more
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of the Maisie Dobbs mystery stories so far, and I love each and every one of them. They are literate and well-written, tightly plotted and ultimately quite satisfying reads. They are very much thinking-persons books. I must admit the subjects are often disturbing to me - the books are all set in post-WWI England, and often involve flashbacks to that terrible war and its equally terrible aftermath for so many of the survivors, including Maisie Dobbs. I also suspect that I am not t ...more
This is the latest of Winspear's novels about the evolution of a woman following her harrowing experiences during World War I. While the conversations may sound formal and sometimes stilted, the characters are substantial and the writing style, skillful. Some of the issues of this novel are relevant today such as the challenge of a country to deal with their war wounded and the perceptions that the government is not providing the attention, medical treatment or transitional care needed. Followin ...more
Maisie works with the Special Branch to find a man who plans to use a terrible weapon against the citizens of London if his demands aren't met.

As always, this one is full of well-researched detail. Maisie hasn't made the personal progress I'd hoped for yet, but she's certainly not as cold as she used to be. The mystery had some exciting moments, but the occasional bits of villain PoV were jarring and didn't add much.

I am officially sick of the wider themes of these books being mirrored as traged
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
Amy Schacht
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I adore Maisie Dobbs, a private eye who practices meditation and psychology to figure out crimes in post-World War I England and to figure out her own heart and mind. Here Maisie is confronted by the bleak and harsh realities of people who've been torn apart by the atrocities of war, and how that spills out into society at large. A great read for anyone wanting an articulate description of how war threatens our humanity, and how Maisie Dobbs restores our faith in humanity again. Read all the boo ...more
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
Another letter "A" for the Thanksgiving November 2016 title reading challenge. A Christmas setting for this Maisie Dobbs episode added to my Christmas Spirit Readathon 2016

Always unique historical information in the storytelling.
Leslie Stein
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Always enjoyable series.
Teresa Rosenberg
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ohh, I really liked this one. I felt much more involved in the mystery -- not just like I was being led around to clues I had no hope of piecing together -- but rather the discoveries made sense and fit together, and the mystery was a lot less frustrating. The only thing that I found unsatisfying was (view spoiler) ...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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