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“I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I have not read alot of books set during the time immediately after WW I, so this was something new for me.
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“I found it hard to get through this book - too much description and too little story. I found the writing style to be very tedious. The story finally picked up about 3/4ths of the way through, but by that time I'd pretty much lost interest.”see full review » see other reviews »
“First Maise Dobbs, love the post WW1 setting”Linda B wrote this review 4 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just love this series, I have now read them all and can't wait for the next one to be published.”LizzieH wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed the book, except that there was a LOT of head inclining in it. The author likes to mention every time someone inclines their head and then goes on to say what each incline indicates (listening, understanding, etc.). Also, I thought it would be more of a mystery, but you know whodunit all along. If we're talking women of the 1920s who nursed in WWI and went on to be lady detectives, I'll take Phryne Fisher over Maisie Dobbs any day. ;) But I will probably read some more in this series to see if they get better.”Adriane wrote this review Sunday, September 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think this could be a good series. ”Linda W wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have a fondness for historical mysteries and I'm something of an Anglophile, so I certainly would have been predisposed to like this story about a female private detective who sets herself up in London in 1929.
The first strike was the writing style--there are point of view slips and it's overwritten, and reminded me from the first of romance aisle writing. In the opening pages the heroine is described as having "eyes the color of midnight in summer, an intense shade that seemed to him to be darker than blue." Maisie also struck me as anachronistic, and not just because she was in a job very unusual for a woman of that time--she uses meditation and other techniques that struck me as rather New Age.
Another thing that bothered me is that she talks to her client about how following someone is an invasion of privacy, yet after finding out what her client wants, Maisie still goes out of her way to misrepresent herself and befriend her target and gain her confidence--when it's seemingly no longer necessary except to satisfy her curiosity.
There just wasn't anything in this novel to keep me wanting to follow Maisie.”
“Nothing special but it was fine.”Lynn M wrote this review Sunday, September 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When Maisie Dobbs goes into private investigating, her first case brings up memories of the Great War that she would sooner forget. She finds herself comforting many a soldier or sweetheart that never got to tell their story but what about Maise's story? How did simple housemaid make her way to Cambridge and end up a private investigator - and how did the war change her heart as it changed so many others?
Set in the 1920s, the mystery part of this novel is more of an excuse to tell the story of post-war England and the book's heroine, which is fine because Maisie Dobbs is great detective heroine, both methodical and intuitive, intellectual and compassionate. You care about her from the very beginning and grow to love the other quirky and deep-feeling characters that surround her. More psychological mystery than thriller - good for fans of Dorothy Sayers or historical fiction. I'd definitely read more in this series. ”
“It was good enough to try another one. I was a bit bored/annoyed with her intuitive hokus pocus with the man who trained her (his name escapes me now and it's only been a couple weeks since I finished) but I enjoyed enough of the WW1 Nurse at the front, and the English aspects, that it passed a pleasant day or few.”Lucy Nye wrote this review Thursday, July 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is very good. I like this era also.”rhoda i wrote this review Thursday, July 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No