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  1. says:

    The best yet of this series Why PBS doesn t make this into a series is beyond me The writing is tight, the period detail authentic and the stories always compelling In this book number 7 in the series, Maisie Dobbs is on the trail of an what happened to an American cartographer who joined British forces in World War I He was declared MIA but recently his remains were found but war wounds were not the cause of his death Maisie is hired by his family to get to the bottom of the mystery and also find the nurse he was in love with love letters, a journal and maps were left behind Naturally, Winspear weaves a mystery of intrigue that keeps you guessing till the end.While tracking down clues, Maisie s mentor, Maurice, turns gravely ill and she has to come to terms with that, as well as face up to new challenges in her personal life Her sidekick Billy is also featured, as ...


  2. says:

    I enjoyed this seventh outing into the life of Maisie Dobbs The author continues to make Maisie a sympathetic character and at last she has begun a new romantic attachment In fact she is beginning a whole new life as the equivalent of the lottery has just landed in her lap It will be very interesting to see where the author takes us from here As in all of the books so far we see and learn lots about the post war period, how p...


  3. says:

    Rating Clarification 4.5 StarsThis installment in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series was good Seriously good Easily my new favorite after the debut novel I enjoyed the mystery, the direction Maisie is taking in her life, and the surprising twist that happened at the book s end I cannot wait to fin...


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    3 stars Being at about the half way mark in this series, I find it to be like an old shoe No longer really that appealing, but still pretty comfortable Too comfortable to throw out So I will continue to book 8 Maisie has seemed to grow on me I don t find her particularly thrilling as an investigator, someone who I can t wait to read, or her stories enthralling, but I do find her, if not a quasi friend, then at least an amicable acquaintance I do find Billy, her associate, charming And I find her mentor and friend Maurice most interesting Priscilla, her lady friend, is always amusing And her father is portrayed as always kind, welcomi...


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    Time calls the Maisie Dobbs Detective series, A detective series to savor I have read almost all of them and love Jacqueline Winspear s ability to draw the reader into her world It is August, 1914 and Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in Santa Ynez valley in California He is almost certain that a great reserve of oil lies beneath As he is prepared to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe he puts duty first and sails for Britain to enlist Three years later, he is listed as missing Now, the setting shifts to April, 1932 in London, and Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael s parents who have recently been informed that their son s remains have been unearthed in France They ask Maisie to try and locate the unnamed nurse whose love letters were found among their son s belongings She discovers that he was murdered in the trench Now, Maisie is almost overcome with reactions from Michael s family and the search for the truth...


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    I turn to the Maisie Dobbs series when I need that tone of quiet understanding, that perfect balance of empathy and rationality I think I kind of want to grow up to be Maisie Dobbs, if that makes sense for an adult to say She unwinds crimes that are braided into people s lives these are not cases of jewelry snatch n grabs, where relationships exist only to provide suspects with Winspear, it s the relationships that drive the crimes And Maisie s priority is in healing the wounded hearts than necessarily solving the mystery or bringing the perpetrator to justice.Such a strong theme can get a bitnot stale, but well memorized, something you needn t pore over and can afford to simply skim over instead But I liked this latest addition to the series because it brought forceful suspense in the beginning chapters, I thought, and there s a great deal going on in Maisie s personal life, which I always find interesting.I think i...


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    If you enjoy British mysteries, then THE MAPPING OF LOVE AND DEATH is for you Jacqueline Winspear creates a heroine in Maisie Dobbs who has a strong moral code, and she s every bit the three dimensional character that springs to life in well written prose It s hard not to get behind her and root for her every step of the way.While I appreciated the writing, the prose felt long and drawn out, the dialogue often turning into monologues instead of having the immediate punch of a soliloquy And I had to force myself on than one occasion to reach the end My only explanation is that I never completely identified with the characters or felt as though I had fully inhabited their world Instead, I felt like an observer, only touching the surface before being carried away Not that this is any reflection on the author or her writing I blame it on the British and their sophisticated nature and multiple levels of bureaucracy, whereas I take a open ended and far encompassing approach to my humor.And this is why I ve never been a big fan of British mysteries, other than Rhys Bowen s Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, or Arthur Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes I ve pondered this scenario...


  8. says:

    Another enjoyable entry in the Maisie Dobbs series Rather than enumerate the plot details which are available above, let me say that this novel brings Maisie to a new point in her life It closes out all aspects of her youth and allows her to move fully into adulthood At last she knows her place in the world That brings with it concerns and questions to be answered in later sequels.While some of the plot issues may have been solved a bit easily and obviously, I found I didn t mind at all I enjoyed seeing the ever developing relationship between Maisie and her assistant Billie Beale and his family, her maturing relationship with Maurice Blanche and new relationships with the police And then there are personal relationships Maisie has not allowed herself the pleasure or risk of personal attachments since the wounding and ultimate loss of the man she loved during the War and this reader wonders what will happen in t...


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    It s 1932, Maisie Dobbs third year in business as an inquiry agent That s British for private detective As usual, Maisie s life is complicated Her assistant, Billy Beale, is working shorter hours to care for his wife, who has just been released from a mental asylum Maisie s beloved mentor and former employer, Dr Maurice Blanche, is in declining health And two attractive, wealthy men are pursuing her despite her reluctance to take time away from her work Her agency is doing well even in the Depression Then a friend she d known from her service as a nurse in the Great War writes from America to ask that she help an American couple freshly arrived in London.The Cliftons, it turns out, are in their late seventies Edward Clifton had emigrated from England to the U.S as a young man There he built a huge property development business, in which their children are now assuming leadership He and his wife just arrived from France, where the remains of their youngest son were uncovered in an old battlefield Letters uncovered with his body reveal that the young man had had an affair with a young woman during the war Maisie s assignment is to locate her B...


  10. says:

    I really enjoy these books A solid 4 1 2 stars from me This is the 7th one in the series I ve always liked the books but this one kept me riveted I don t know if they are getting better or if I am just so comfortable with the characters now that it is like being with famil...


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The Mapping of Love and Death Read The Mapping Of Love And Death Author Jacqueline Winspear Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Alexander McCall Smith Talks With Jacqueline Winspear Characters, Once Created, Have A Way Of Staying On Maisie Is An Attractive Character When Did She Say To You, I Want A Series Jacqueline Winspear As I Was Writing The First Novel In The Series, Maisie Dobbs , I Realized That Scenes And Ideas Were Coming To Me That Were Not Part Of The Book I Started Keeping Notes On Those Other Scenes, Passages Of Dialogue And So On, And When I Had Finished Maisie Dobbs , I Went Through Those Notes And Realized I Had Rough Plans For Another Five Or Six Books Indeed, As I Was Writing The Second Book In The Series, Birds Of A Feather , I Really Had To Push Any Thoughts Of The Intended Third Novel From My Mind, So Strong Were The Images For Pardonable Lies That Kept Popping Into My Mind S Eye I Had To Be Very Disciplined Not To Be Distracted By Those Images It Was Rather Like Being Nagged By One S Own Characters.Smith Maisie Dobbs Is Firmly Placed In The Past Would You Be Comfortable Writing About Contemporary Britain Jacqueline Winspear That S A Very Good Question, And Indeed, I Have A Contemporary Novel On The Proverbial Back Burner However, Although I Visit My Parents In Sussex Many Several Times Each Year, For Me There Is A Certain Detachment From Everyday Life In The UK I Am Not As Familiar With Various Aspects Of Life There, So It Might Be Difficult To Get That Ring Of Authenticity On The Other Hand, One Could Argue That The Lack Of Transparency Could Act In My Favor, Because I Now Take Notice Of So Many Things That Might Have Passed Me By I Believe One Of The Reasons I Am So Comfortable Writing About The Past Is That When I Was A Child We Lived In A Small Hamlet With Very Few Children, So It Was A World Of Adults, Many Of Them Elderly, And All Of Them Ready To Tell A Story Of Their Own Youth I Have Always Been Drawn To The Past Through Family History, A Curiosity That Has Its Roots In My Grandfather S Experience In The Great War He Was Wounded And Shell Shocked At The Battle Of The Somme In 1916 Even As A Very Young Child I Understood The Extent Of His Suffering And Struggled To Fathom How Something So Terrible Could Happen To A Beloved Grandparent And I Am Sure My Interest In The Women Of That Generation The First Generation Of Women To Go To War In Modern Times Is Rooted In Memories Of The Ladies Of A Certain Age Who Lived In Our Neighborhood As I Was Growing Up They Were Typical Of That Generation, Very Independent Women Who Had Remained Single Due To Circumstance, For The Men They Might Have Married Had Been Lost To War So, To The Question Of Writing About Contemporary Britain I Think I Ll Find Out About My Level Of Comfort With Modern Times When I Pull That Contemporary Novel Off The Back Burner In The Meantime, There S So Much That I Want To Explore From The Past, Though When I Immerse Myself In The Preparatory Research For My Books, I Am Always Reminded Of The Old Adage History Repeats Itself Smith You And I Both Started As Novelists Rather Later Than Is Perhaps Usual Is That A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing Winspear When I Was Sixteen I Rather Precociously Announced That I Would Write My First Novel By The Time I Was Thirty It Seemed Such A Formidable Age Of Adulthood, I Suppose Of Course, Thirty Came And Went With No Novel To Show For It, And In The Meantime I Was Becoming And Interested In Nonfiction Writing I Was In My Late Thirties By The Time I Made A Real Commitment To Getting My Work Published, And I Concentrated On Essays, Articles And Other Creative Nonfiction I Believe My Writing At That Time Represented Something Of An Apprenticeship In That I Was Really Working At The Craft Of Writing, Of Building My Understanding Of Framing A Scene, Of Bringing The Reader Along With Metaphor, And With Developing Scenes That Were Something Like The Literary Equivalent Of A Zoom Lens On The Camera I Was Trying To Find Out What Worked In Terms Of Drawing The Reader In And Placing Them At The Center Of The Action Though I Had No Plans To Write A Novel Until The Idea For Maisie Dobbs Actually Came To Me, Upon Reflection It Seems As If I Had Been Preparing For The Task With My Literary Cross Training In The Same Way That An Athlete Prepares For The Big Event I Believe The Journey To Becoming A Writer Is One That Is Very Personal To The Individual And Is Neither Good Or Bad It S Just What It Is There Are Times When I Think It Would Have Been So Much Fun To Have Started Writing Fiction Earlier, But Had That Happened, The Stars Might Not Have Aligned To Bring The Character Of Maisie Dobbs Into My Life And I Think That In Embarking Upon Being Novelists In Our Middle Years, We Ve Probably Both Brought Something To Our Work That We Might Not Have Been Able To Offer In Younger Days, Either Due To Other Responsibilities, Or Simply Who We Were At The Time Though Having Said That, I Am Sure Your Readers Wish The Wonderful Precious Ramotswe Had Been Created Many Years Before You Decided To Write The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Smith Have You Written Anything About Maisie That You Would Like To Unwrite Winspear No, Not At All, Although I Should Add That I Have Never Gone Back And Re Read Any Of My Books, A Prospect I Find Rather Daunting Of Course, I Dip Back Into The Books To Check A Point Here And There, But I Have Never Read The Books From Beginning To End If I Had Done So, I Might Have A Whole List Of Things That Cause Me To Shudder.Smith Do You Think That Transplanting Oneself In Your Case From The UK To California Helps One As A Writer Winspear Another Very Good Question Many Years Ago, During A Visit To New York, I Went Along To An Exhibit At The Main Branch Of The New York Public Library On Fifth Avenue It Was Called Writers In Exile The Focus Was On Writers Who Lived In A Place Other Than The Land Of Their Birth, By Will, Or By Compunction I Spent Ages Going Around The Exhibit Taking Copious Notes, And Remember It Left Me With A Real Sense Of The Power Of Being Transplanted, Whether By One S Own Choice, Or By Circumstance And I Have To Say, I Often Think Of It When People Ask Me If Being Here In California Contributes To My Work As A Writer And It Does To Give An Example, I Can Immerse Myself In The Time And Place About Which I Write Britain From The Great War On Up To The 1930s And I Am Not Distracted By British Life As It Is Today Yes, Of Course, There Is Contemporary Life Here In California, But It Is Different The Way People Speak, Interact, Shop, Travel, Work, Etc So I Can Draw A Firm Line Between Life Here And The World About Which I Write I Should Confess That One Of My Recent Challenges Came When I Started Writing The Mapping Of Love And Death The Opening Is Set In California In 1914, So I Had To Ensure That My Knowledge Of That Region Today Did Not Seep Into The Story To That End I Immersed Myself In Old Books About The Region, And Managed To Procure Some Vintage Photographs To Pin On The Wall So That The Past Was Very Much With Me As I Wrote When I Write, The Time And Place Of My Imagination Becomes Very Distilled, Very Sharp In My Mind S Eye In Terms Of The Series Featuring Maisie Dobbs, It Has Definitely Helped To Be Living Here When I Sit Down At My Desk To Write, I Step From My World Into Her World, And I M Aware Of Nothing Else Until I Stop Writing And When I Drag Myself Back From A Morning Spent In The Smog Enveloped London Of The 1930s, It S Not Bad To Be Able To Walk Outside Into The Garden And Warm My Bones In The California Sun For A While.