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Maisie Dobbs

by Jacqueline Winspear

Penguin Books | May 24, 2004 | Trade Paperback

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Hailed by NPR's Fresh Air as part Testament of Youth, part Dorothy Sayers, and part Upstairs, Downstairs, this astonishing debut has already won fans from coast to coast and is poised to add Maisie Dobbs to the ranks of literature's favorite sleuths.

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence-and the patronage of her benevolent employers-she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 3.06 × 2.03 × 0.23 in

Published: May 24, 2004

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142004332

ISBN - 13: 9780142004333

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Maisie Dobbs

by Jacqueline Winspear

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 3.06 × 2.03 × 0.23 in

Published: May 24, 2004

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142004332

ISBN - 13: 9780142004333

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Spring 1929 Even if she hadn''t been the last person to walk through the turnstile at Warren Street tube station, Jack Barker would have noticed the tall, slender woman in the navy blue, thigh-length jacket with a matching pleated skirt short enough to reveal a well-turned ankle. She had what his old mother would have called "bearing." A way of walking, with her shoulders back and head held high, as she pulled on her black gloves while managing to hold on to a somewhat battered black document case. "Old money," muttered Jack to himself. "Stuck-up piece of nonsense." Jack expected the woman to pass him by, so he stamped his feet in a vain attempt to banish the sharp needles of cold creeping up through his hobnailed boots. He fanned a half dozen copies of the Daily Express over one arm, anticipating a taxi-cab screeching to a halt and a hand reaching out with the requisite coins. "Oh, stop — may I have an Express please, love?" appealed a voice as smooth as spooned treacle. The newspaper vendor looked up slowly, straight into the eys the color of midnight in summer, an intense shade that seemed to him to be darker than blue. She held out her money. "O'' course, Miss, ''ere you are. Bit nippy this morning, innit?" She smiled, and as she took the paper from him before turning to walk away, she replied, "Not half. It''s brass monkey weather; better get yourself a nice cuppa before too long." Jack couldn''t have told you why he watched the woman walk all the way down Warren S
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Hailed by NPR's Fresh Air as part Testament of Youth, part Dorothy Sayers, and part Upstairs, Downstairs, this astonishing debut has already won fans from coast to coast and is poised to add Maisie Dobbs to the ranks of literature's favorite sleuths.

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence-and the patronage of her benevolent employers-she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in Kent, in the south of England.  In 1990, after a career in publishing in London, she moved to California.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] deft debut novel... Romantic readers sensing a story-within-a-story won't be disappointed. But first they must be prepared to be astonished at the sensitivity and wisdom with which Maisie resolves her first professional assignment." -The New York Times



"The reader familiar with Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency... might think of Maisie Dobbs as its British counterpart.... Winspear, who intends to write a series featuring Maisie Dobbs, has created a winning character about whom readers will want to read more." -The Associated Press



"[Maisie Dobbs] catches the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman." -The Chicago Tribune

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