Synopsis from Goodreads: In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.
August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe. Michael the youngest son of an expatriate Englishman puts duty first and sails for his father’s native country to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed among those missing in action.
April 1932. London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael’s parents, who have recently learned that their son’s remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael’s belongings a quest that takes Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier’s family and even Maisie herself. Over the course of her investigation, Maisie must cope with the approaching loss of her mentor, Maurice Blanche, and her growing awareness that she is once again falling in love.
Following the critically acclaimed bestseller Among the Mad, The Mapping of Love and Death delivers the most gripping and satisfying chapter yet in the life of Maisie Dobbs.
My thoughts: The Mapping of Love and Death is the 7th installment in the Maisie Dobbs series written by Jacqueline Winspear. This was the first that I’d heard of this fantastic series. Knowing that it is so far into a series, I did feel a little bit lost. The author does a fantastic job of introducing characters, but I felt like there were some story references that might have been lost on me.
In preparation for the release of the newest Maisie Dobbs installment, BookClubgirl has been hosting a Maisie Dobbs Readalong. I really wish I could have taken part in it as I think I would have enjoyed reading the series from beginning to end with that group. I am going to be continuing with the series with out a doubt.
There are so many things that I love about Maisie. She is a no nonsense kid of gal. She handles delicate situations with finesse. I think that there are a lot of great lessons to be learned through Maisie and her entire circle. One of my favorite quotes early in the book was “Years before, in Maisie’s girlhood, Khan had taught her that in silence, with body and mind still, a depth of understanding may be achieved that is not available to one who languishes at the mercy of life’s relentless chatter.”
What a fantastic lesson to remind us to slow down and listen, not only to others, but to ourselves.
The bottom line: This one is worth reading. Even better if you can start at the beginning and read them all the way through.
You can find Jacqueline Winspear on the web at www.jacquelinewinspear.com
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