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Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 1)
Maisie Dobbs - Maisie Dobbs, Bk 1
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence -- and the patronage of her benevolent employers -- she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War,...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780142004333
ISBN-10: 0142004332
Publication Date: 5/25/2004
Pages: 294
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 369 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 4
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reviewed Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 19
If you enjoy a mystery with a little bit more to it than just fluff, you'll enjoy "Maisie Dobbs". Maisie opens her own detective agency in England, 1929. Originally a servant in a wealthy household, her intelligence is recognized by her employer and she is sent to college. This story also weaves in Maisie's experiences as a nurse in France during the Great War, and how those experiences influence and haunt her in the post-war years. All of this is wrapped in a good mystery tale. Highly recommended!
Spuddie avatar reviewed Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 1) on + 412 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
#1 in the Maisie Dobbs historical series set in 1920's London, Maisie is a former nurse during WWI and now a private investigator. I actually started this book intending to cull it from the TBR--it's set in a timeframe I'm not particularly fond of and just expected not to like it. Hah! I loved it and devoured it! Best book I've read in awhile. The author has a very captivating writing style, and though there wasn't too much of a mystery with this one--more setting up the series with getting to know the main characters and the like with a light mystery to accompany it--but I was totally enthralled! I really like the main character and her outlook on life as well as the supporting cast...very well-drawn and fleshed out for a first in series. Excellent...have the next one on the way.
reviewed Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 1) on + 51 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
A wonderful series. The stories take place during the time between the World Wars. The characters in this story are greatly affected by WWI and the aftermath. Maisie is a female detective, but that isn't the most amazing thing about her. I highly recommend this series.
batgirl avatar reviewed Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 1) on + 284 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
What I thought would be a mystery turned out to be an incredible time trip into Britain of WWI and the decade after. What an awesome piece of literature! It does contain a mystery, several actually, and the surprises continue right up to the last page. One of the best books I have ever read of any genre.
reviewed Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 1) on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
Finally, a mystery that is written above a 4th grade reading level! She's got a wonderful way with words, and the plot was pretty decent. The detective, Maisie, is a very real person with faults and quirks.
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reviewed Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 1) on
Loved this whole series. This first book establishes a foundation for the series, but is still enchanting. The Masie character is strong and inspiring. The actual mystery aspect of this book is not as overwhelming as in other books since this book does lay the foundation by introducing the characters. Make time for the whole series once you've been captured!
kiorabree avatar reviewed Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 1) on + 35 more book reviews
Find this portion of history fascinating. I found very little mystery with this book though. However, good characters are more intriguing to me than a curious mystery so no big loss for me.
reviewed Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
A bit disappointed in the read...Will probably not read anymore of the series

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