Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: Leaving Everything Most Loved

 Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs Series #10)

Leaving Everything Most Loved  
by Jacqueline Winspear

The tenth book in the Maisie Dobbs Series immerses readers in the latest case of the intrepid investigator and psychologist; and as the title indicates, significant changes lie ahead for Maisie and those who are closest to her.

In this installment, Maisie conducts an investigation into the separate deaths of two Indian women who had been living in London and working as child caregivers for British families.  Could these tragic incidents, with their identical causes of death, be related? Are these occurrences the result of prejudice against a rising immigrant population, or is there a more sinister cause?

In her professional role, Maisie uses her expert analytical skills and knowledge of human behavior to efficiently solve the murders and provide closure for the families of the victims.  In her personal life, however, Maisie struggles to navigate her relationship with James Compton, her long-time lover who has a clear plan for their future together.  Despite her deep love for him, feelings of wanderlust keep Maisie from making a permanent commitment to James.  After much soul searching, and with James's blessing, Maisie embarks upon a bold course of action.

The novel is set in 1933 London, and the aftermath of war once again plays a central role in the plot, and in the series overall.  As Europe moves closer to another armed conflict, it is evident that the physical and psychological wounds suffered in the first world war have not healed and are still causing pain and suffering to those who lived through it and those whose lives are touched by troubled veterans.

Maisie and the strong, independent recurring characters in this series continue to face challenging times head on, and now several find themselves at crossroads in their search for personal and professional fulfillment.  With uncertainty on the horizon, fans of the series can't help but wonder what the future holds for these stalwart people who have already endured trying times and great loss.

This outstanding award-nominated and award-winning mystery series is like fine wine that improves with age.  Each new book is a delightful adventure with endearing characters.  I highly recommend it to individual readers and book clubs alike. 

The series so far:
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs Series #1)Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs Series #2)Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs Series #3)

Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs Series #4)An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs Series #5)Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs Series #6)

The Mapping of Love and Death (Maisie Dobbs Series #7)A Lesson in Secrets (Maisie Dobbs Series #8)Elegy for Eddie (Maisie Dobbs Series #9)
# 1  Maisie Dobbs
# 2  Birds of a Feather
# 3  Pardonable Lies
# 4  Messenger of Truth
# 5  An Incomplete Revenge
# 6  Among the Mad
# 7  The Mapping of Love and Death
# 8  A Lesson in Secrets
# 9  Elegy for Eddie
#10 Leaving Everything Most Loved

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