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Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
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Jul 24, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: yolathelibrarian, mystery, historicalfiction
Recommended to Tiffany by: Christine
Read in July, 2008

Good book. A mystery, but not a whodunnit-type of mystery. As Maisie Dobbs, "Psychologist and Investigator," begins her solo work as a private investigator, her first case is to find out whether Christopher Davenham's wife is having an affair. During her investigation, she is reminded of her life before and during her service as a nurse in World War I.

Maisie Dobbs is an intelligent, spirited, and warm woman, and creating a name for herself at a time when women are still trying to be recognized as human beings. Maisie uses psychology and perception during her investigations, as taught to her by her mentor Maurice Blanche. She focuses on the subtleties of human behavior when interviewing people, and Maurice's approach is often comprised of spiritual and metaphysical techniques (influenced by Winspear's previous work as a life coach).

At times during the last third of the book, as the action picks up and reaches the climax, it reminded me of a Nancy Drew mystery, with a speeding roadster, trailing tracks in the dirt, and running in to save the day. And from me, a comparison to a Nancy Drew story is just about the highest compliment a book can get!
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