Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Publisher: Soho Press
Genre: Historical Mystery
How I Read It: Hard cover borrowed from the library
Synopsis: It is the spring of 1930, and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. When three of the heiress’s old friends are found dead, Maisie must race to find out who would want to kill these seemingly respectable young women before it’s too late. As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of the Great War.
* Synopsis taken from Goodreads
My Review: I loved the first Maisie Dobbs novel, so I was excited to get around to the second one. This mystery was decent, but a little more predictable than the first one, and I left it feeling a little disappointed. In fact, I felt so blase about this book that it has taken me forever to write my review. It’s not that it was bad, just average and I don’t feel like I had much noteworthy to say about it.
I liked the character development outside of the main story a lot more than the actual mystery in this one. Billy in particular had some growth I enjoyed, and the insight his character gave into more of what a war survivor would go through was interesting. Sometimes I get caught up in modern times and forget the advances in medicine, and the knowledge we have now that has changed the way we treat people. It makes me feel bad for veterans of these earlier wars, who became addicted to a variety of things that were designed to treat their pain. And it also makes me wonder what the effects of current treatments will be down the line.
I’m looking forward to continuing with this series, and seeing what comes next for Maisie and her friends. I enjoy her pluckiness and determination for figuring a mystery out. She’s one of those characters that would have been a strong woman in her time, and that’s always something I like to read about.
Read this book if: I think fans of historical fiction will enjoy this one, or people who are interested in continuing the series.
My Rating: 3/5 – Two thumbs up, fine holiday fun!