Among the Mad
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
There are 2 things I really love about this Maisie Dobbs mystery. 1) I app ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Good book. I re ...more
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 ...more
I also felt that the author was tryi ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business and as a personal / professional coach, Jacqueline embarked upon a li ...more