Continuing in my "catch up" mode, I just finished this book which was really really engrossing and very interesting. Maisie sees a man commit suicide on the street by setting off an explosion. Her intuition tells her she is about to do something, when he sets off the explosion. She is thrown back and suffers a concussion. Not long after she is contacted by Scotland Yard after they receive a letter threatening to kill a large number of people and mentioning her name. Soon MI-5 is involved although a member introduces himself as Military Intelligence Section 5. The time is December 1931 and January 1932. The letter writer is a WWI veteran. The economic times are grim, and many people are out of work. The government has awarded pensions to some veterans, but many others are literally scraping by. There are hospitals still full of veterans who are mentally unable to be on their own.
There is also a sub story involving Maisie's employee, Billy and his wife, Doreen. In a later book, I read about her having a mental breakdown after the death of her little girl. However, the later books talked about her slowly regaining her sanity. In this book she is at the height of her depression, screaming at her two boys not to touch the gifts for their sister that are under the tree, not giving the boys the love and attention she needs as well as not keeping herself and her home clean and presentable. When she cuts herself with a knife, Billy calls the doctor who sends an ambulance to pick her up and take her to a mental institution. Unfortunately, their methods are old fashioned and even dangerous. Billy is concerned. Maisie intervenes and uses her contacts to get her into a more up to date hospital.
As always, this is a lot more complicated than it seems from the outside. It's really excellent. I've read nearly everyone in the series now. Some are better than others. This is one of the better ones in my opinion.
Very funny and quirky. The jacket calls it a "cult classic." Think of Dashiel Hammett as a dinosaur! The author imagines a society that includes dinosaurs which are not extinct. They actually became part of the human population by developing various guises. Of course humans don't know a person is actually a dino, but fello dinos know because of the smell. Really different and fun.
This is an excellent book for high school and college students for writing papers. It explains the different types of documentation that is especially important for college students as well as how to prevent plagiarism, web resources and the like. I used this in more than one college class and was glad to have it.
Charles Todd is the pseudonym for an American mother/son writing team. Together they produce books that are rich in historical detail and written very much in the British manner.
The war is nearing an end, but drags on until the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month per the armistice agreement. Bess is reassigned and is waiting for her transport when she meets a British army office, Captain Alan Travis. He lives in Barbados and is yearning to return. He also tells her that he met a distant cousin his own age in Paris & liked him very much. She sees him again, but this time he is angry, insisting that his cousin tried to kill him - not once but twice.
Then she sees him again when he is in a clinic where he is tied down day and night because the doctors are convinced that he is suffering from a delusion.
Bess becomes involved in trying to prove there is nothing wrong with him and steps into a morass of evil and murder that is, as always, both complex and fascinating.
I had a hard time putting this one down. The wounds of war are described here in detail: those wounds are not just physical nor are they limited to members of the military. More politicians should have to read these books and understand what they are doing to their citizens when they engage in fruitless wars.
This is an outstanding book and, I believe, a first novel for this writer. It is an example of how imagination can run wild and ruin an innocent person and also hurt the person who spread the rumor. It takes place during the Nixon years in Washington and reflects the paranoia of that administration.