Series Spotlight: Maisie Dobbs Series by Jacqueline Winspear

In the Maisie Dobbs series, readers go on adventures with Maisie Dobbs, a psychological investigator living in London just after WWI.  The author, Jacqueline Winspear has written a wonderful, intriguing main character and introduces the reader to a very trying time in British history.

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Maisie Dobbs has just returned to London after serving as a nurse in the trenches in France during WWI.  Upon her return, she takes up the art of investigation, like missing persons, stolen property and murder. Her particular focus is on the psychological ramifications of the case on the clients. This is part of the reason these books are so intriguing — you get really close to the emotional fragility of the characters in the stories.

Agent_Annie 100The author has stated that she has loosely based her character and some of the stories on her grandparent.  She has obviously done a lot of research on England during the time between the two world wars and the effects of war on England and France and in later books, Canada, India and Gibraltar.  The first book moves back and forth between Maisie’s contemporary life in post-war England and her childhood which tells the story of how she came from a poor class family to become a highly educated and connected women of means in London society. There are also scenes of what life was like in the field hospitals that supported the soldiers fighting in the trenches.

With WWII over-shadowing the earlier war, the most interesting part of this series is the description of what happened during and after WWI.  So much of my knowledge of history is based on WWII, and I was unfamiliar with things like trench warfare and the nurse’s role in the fields, the plight of the amputee or the sufferers of PTSD in those times.  There is also an aspect of how women who hold professional roles are treated by society in the 1930’s. This book brings all that to light in a well thought out and amazing world.  I was instantly hooked and wanted more.

badge5v4Lucky for us, the author has written eleven books so far and every one of them has been great.  These are books that you can read over again, because, knowing the “answer to the mystery” doesn’t detract from delving back into these characters lives. Each one of the eleven books develops Maisie, the supporting characters and her clients.  They introduce new people and situations in a way that makes the reader feel as if Maisie were a real person.

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About Agent Annie

I am a former Independent bookstore owner that created a 30 books in 30 minutes presentation for book clubs, libraries and avid reader groups. I specialize in short reviews that focus on plot, theme and discussion topics. I primarily read mystery/thriller, who-done-its and sci-fi/fantasy. I love stories in any format and will listen to an audio book as quickly as I would read a paper or digital version. I prefer books that make you think, don't have a predictable ending and tend to have some aspect that is outside the current norm. I tend to enjoy series once I am hooked on the main characters and the world and am very loyal. Some of the books I've enjoyed in the past are: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, The Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne & Todd McCaffrey and The Sherlockian Graham Moore. I will also read ANYTHING by Stephen King. As a matter of fact, I wrote a graduate level paper on the leadership styles in The Stand. I will accept review requests.

Posted on July 24, 2015, in 5-Great, Agent Annie, historical fiction, Mystery, Review, Series Spotlight and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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