2009: 138. Maisie Dobbs

“Even if she hadn’t been the last person to walk through the turnstile at Warren Street tube station, Jack Barker would have noticed the tall, slender woman in the navy blue, thigh-length jacket with a matching pleated skirt short enough to reveal a well-turned ankle.”

Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear

       This is the second time I’ve “reblogged” a book, but I wanted to re-read the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series.  I enjoyed it as much the second time as the first.  I was particularly impressed by how well Winspear addresses the scar that the War (that’s the Great War) left on society.  Not only does the murder -which is pretty creepy and horrible, when everything shakes out in the end - arise from events that have their roots in the trenches, but most of the other characters are similarly afflicted.  And thus, even though the premise is a little hackneyed (the whole “super bright cockney becomes upper class gal” bit it a bit rich for my blood), the novel works and we care about the characters.  And the second one (which I’ll blog about soon) is good too!

Date/Place Completed:  November 2009; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction

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