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Maisie Dobbs detective series

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message 1: by JackieB (new)

JackieB I've just read the sixth book in this series (it was the only one on offer from my local library).

I thought it was going to be a cozy crime novel, but it was not. The setting was in impoverished London in 1931. So there was a kind of social commentary about the struggles of ordinary folk in the depression, with a focus on ex-soldiers from WW1 who often struggled to adjust back to civilian life. It was not a "dry as dust" commentary though. Jacqueline Winspear wove this theme into her plot so it added depth and meaning to the storyline.

I enjoyed the book, but thinking back, I think character development might have suffered a little because she was more interested in exploring the social history side of things. However, that might be my perception because I'm really interested in social history. I was fascinated by the depiction in this novel and didn't pay as much attention to the characters as I usually would.
The plot was a "race against time" type of thing and competently written.
Overall, I enjoyed it, and I'll try others in the series.

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Viviana D. Otero (vivianaotero) | 29 comments Mod
I will add that to my list. Thanks!

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