Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Jacqueline Winspear – The Maisie Dobbs Series

Continuing my look at crime/mystery writers, today I’m reviewing the Maisie Dobbs series of books by Jacqueline Winspear.

Maisie Dobbs is a great character, very likeable and very resourceful, originating from humble beginnings and entering service before being singled out for her academic abilities by her employer. Maisie spends time as a nurse in World War I, attends university and gets mentored by an intriguing gentleman, before finding her niche as a private investigator.

Throughout her investigations, Maisie is aided by her sidekick, war veteran Billy Beale, and together they take on cases that include murder, disappearances and even a bit of smuggling.

With a well-depicted 1920s/1930 backdrop, set in London and Kent, these stories make enjoyable and intriguing reading, in which you can really ‘lose yourself’. Highly recommended.

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