Books | Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
"A female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander." —Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air, on Maisie DobbsMaisie Dobbs got her start as a maid in an aristocratic London household when she was thirteen. Her employer, suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, soon became her patron, taking the remarkably bright youngster under her wing. Lady Rowan's friend, Maurice Blanche, often retained as an investigator by the European elite, recognized Maisie’s intuitive gifts and helped her earn admission to the prestigious Girton College in Cambridge, where Maisie planned to complete her education. The outbreak of war changed everything. Maisie trained as a nurse, then left for France to serve at the Front, where she found—and lost—an important part of herself. Ten years after the Armistice, in the spring of 1929, Maisie sets out on her own as a private investigator, one who has learned that coincidences are meaningful, and truth elusive. Her very first case involves suspected infidelity but reveals something very different. In the aftermath of the Great War, a former officer has founded a working farm known as The Retreat, that acts as a convalescent refuge for ex-soldiers too shattered to resume normal life. When Fate brings Maisie a second case involving The Retreat, she must finally confront the ghost that has haunted her for over a decade.
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"I listened to it as an audiobook. It was slow to get into but I’m so glad I stuck with it. She’s such an interesting character and the layers of character development are rich and unexpected."
"There are 17 books in the MD #series at this time. It is well researched for the background events and historical setting (spanning 1929 to 1942 so far). I have read about half of them & use them as fillers waiting for other books. I don’t love them, I don’t hate them. Maisie always gets the bad guy and does so with near mystical ability. Sort of a “vaca read”. These came to me as highly recommended for period books, but I can’t agree. #InterwarYearsMysteries #LadyDetective "
"Love this series!"
"Yess this was favorite- read it in nursing school. I just finished Where the Crawdads sing. Loved it. "