Four young women were once close friends. But then they abruptly grew apart. Years later, three died. Is the fourth the killer, or the next victim?
Sometimes you wonder if you really see things. I looked at the cover of this book and thought it interesting, but actually really didn't see what it depicted. It was only later, toward the end of the book, that I realized its significance. But about one third of the way through, when my attention was drawn to the fact that there were "four women," only then did I briefly wonder if the plot had anything to do with at at least two movies I have seen several times: adventure flicks---an original and a remake. Sorry, but to mention the title here would be to ruin the story for you.
Then the author threw in some new suspects and I forgot my thought after a few pages.
The human mind is a truly wonderful machine, it is busy solving problems in the background while you are unaware it is doing so. While I consciously didn't see the cover, my mind remembered it and later brought up the movies as a possibility. Needless to say, my brief thought of the movies was the key to the plot of the book.
In this book, Miss Dobbs also deals with some major problems in her life, aside from the investigation she was hired to do. Some include her friends and loved ones. Other directly impact her own life. For those who have come to like her, expect some major new influences toward the end of the book, and I don't mean her new hairdo.
This is book #2 of the Maisie Dobbs series. The story could move along a little faster but I love the period details of the aftermath of WW 1 in England. And Maisie is a great character. I look forward to the 3rd book of the series.
This is the second mystery in the Maisie Dobbs series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. These books are set in England between the two world wars, and Winspear sketches in nice details of the time and the setting. Maisie Dobbs (private investigator and "psychologist") is a great character, having grown up working class, served as a nurse during WWI, and moving now in upper class circles. She uses meditation and centering to help her solve her cases, which is a neat idea.