rating: 4 of 5 stars
One of the main "characters" in this first novel is World War I. Maisy
Dobbs served as a nurse at the front, and her first case takes her back into that experience. Jacqueline Winspear evokes this era superbly, and has created a unique protagonist in Maisy Dobbs. It's 1929 and Maisy Dobbs is getting started in her own investigative agency in London. Maisy is the daughter of a costermonger and spent much of her life as a housemaid. However, she had the unique advantage of an enlightened employer who recognized Maisy's hunger for education and made that happen for her in the form of a unique tutor and a university education. Maisy is intelligent, intuitive, observant, and has studied Jung, Freud, Kierkegaard, among others. I really enjoyed this book.
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