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“This is a great series! Maisie is a plucky, yet complex heroine. The supporting characters are reasonably well-developed -- and as the series progresses, the interplay between the characters becomes more interesting and compelling as well. The historical context is also very interesting: ...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Another enjoyable book in the Maisie Dobbs series.”Ann A wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Probably my least favorite of the Maise Dobbs books. I felt like the author fabricated Maise's Gypsy heritage just so she could write this book with Gypsies in it. That said, I still love these mysteries and found this a pleasure to read.”Martha J Abatecola wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Maisey Dobbs is fun and I love the time frame of post WWI England. I actually listened to this on tape in the car.”Linda B wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Maisie is hired to investigate a series of crimes and fires in a small village before a large company makes a land purchase. World War I memories and gypsies play a part of the plot.”Ibby wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am very fond of this series and of Maisie Dobbs.”Suzanne F wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I found this fourth book of the Maisie Dobbs series at my local pharmacy while getting my renewal cancer meds. I love that they have a book section. I had read the first book in the series and have purchased the latest but hadn't acquired the fill-ins.
This novel was set in Kent, U.K. where my Mother grew up in boarding school. She would take the Tunbridge Wells exit as a child. So, this was an added treat to me. Mother didn't speak of those days much. She was unhappy at school. So, I knew nothing about the Hops and harvesting going on there. Being born in 1918, she was 13 when this book occurs and so I felt for Pris' children and understood.
This novel is set in 1931 and feelings of an up-coming war are beginning to rumble about. Not only that England is suffering the world depression economically and Ms. Winspear draws a verbal scene you can feel of how difficult it was to live in those days among the different class distinctions and all.
Maisie Dobbs is hired to investigate the village that houses a brickworks that her client wishes to purchase. The village has a secret and Maisie quickly learns that this mystery has many layers. There are war dead, mysterious annual fires, unexplained nor investigated thefts and more. The annual harvesting brings the Londoners trying to escape the Big Smoke, as well as travelling groups such as Gypsys. Are they all implicated?
Added to the above, Maisie has personal issues from the Great War to resolve and put to finish. The wealth of emotions within this novel is amazing.
A great mystery novel that I quickly read even with a new puppy to tend to. I recommend this series.”
“Another expertly crafted Maisie Dobbs Mystery!”Jill M wrote this review Thursday, February 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Growing ever fonder of Maizie and her thoughtful and thorough way of solving a mystery. this one had the added impact of the end of long struggle for Maizie. Life changing. I really like her father, Frankie dobbs also. I am enjoying this series.”EISSPE wrote this review Sunday, February 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Still enjoying this series; there is always a little something before the end of the book that is either unexpected or a little different than expected. Very thoughtful writing. Looking forward to the next book in the Maisie Dobbs series...”JONI214 wrote this review Sunday, February 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Little did I know when I picked this period mystery up at the library how good it would be. An investor is looking to buy an estate and factory in a small, English village and asks Maisie Dobbs to investigate suspicious fires and vandalism happening in the village. The hops harvest brings Londoners and gypsies to town each September, and the villagers attribute most of the issues to these outsiders or to accidents. Very well-written with engaging characters and a strong story line. I did find one part of the "explanation" a bit unlikely, but otherwise the was a page-turner that kept me engaged.”karmakat wrote this review Friday, January 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No