A Zepplin raid in a sleepy Kent village ... An innocent family killed... Unsolved crimes hang over Heronsdene and Maisie Dobbs is hired to uncover the truth. But outsiders are not welcome and the locals will go to extreme lengths to prevent their long-buried secret from coming to light.
Jacqueline Winspear was born and grew up in Kent. The Maisie Dobbs mysteries have won acclaim from readers and reviewers alike, and have been nominated for many awards. The first four novels in the series are available now, published by John Murray.
Maisie Dobbs travels to Kent to investigate, among other things, a series of fires, a family of Dutch bakers who were killed during WWI in a zeppelin attack and the theft of some silver. Hop-picking has brought everyone to the area, from Londoners to Gypsies. Orlagh Cassidy, who also read Messenger of Truth, not only captures a range of London and Kentish accents, but she also individualizes even the most minor characters. The lilt of a Danish luthier is perfect, and the dozen or so villagers interviewed by Dobbs have their own rhythms of speech and tone. Cassidy's rendition of Roma words comes across as authentic. This engrossing mystery will be hard to put down, and the listener will be sad when the final, lively strains of a fiddle are heard. Simultaneous release with the Holt hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 26). (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
'Psychologically convincing' -- Jessica Mann, Literary Review 'The author captures the atmosphere of (the 1930s) with great accuracy, borne out by extensive research' -- Dover Express & Folkestone Herald 'So well written that it leaves you wanting more' -- The Bookfiends Kingdom Praise for Jacqueline Winspear -- *** 'In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created - she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!' -- Alexander McCall Smith 20060515 'A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century' -- Elizabeth George 20060515 'A heroine to cherish' -- New York Times 20060515 'A wry and immensely readable beginning to what promises to be a vivid new addition to crime fiction' -- Praise for MAISIE DOBBS, Daily Mail 20060515 'The British counterpart to Alexander McCall Smith's The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' -- Associated Press 20060515 'Feisty, working-class heroine Maisie is a deliberate throwback to the sleuthettes of old-fashioned crime writing. The well-plotted story, its characters and the picture of London between the wars are decidedly romantic. American readers loved it; many Brits will, too.' -- Guardian 20060515 'A terrific mystery ! Intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read' -- Observer 20060515 'Even if detective stories aren't your thing, you'll love Maisie Dobbs' -- New Woman 20060515 'Think Upstairs Downstairs meets Miss Marple -- with a touch of chirpy cheerful Cockney from the Dick Van Dyke school' -- Yorkshire Post 20060515
Revenge is a dish served incompletely in Winspear's fifth Maisie Dobbs novel (after Messenger of Truth). This time, Maisie is employed by James Compton to investigate a number of strange fires that break out in a Kent village around harvest time each year when the community is bustling with locals, Londoners, and Gypsies. Compton's company is interested in buying the local brickwork manufacturer, but he wants to make certain the purchase won't cause any ill effects to his company. Maisie soon senses that the villagers know more than they will say about the mysterious fires. They also won't talk about the Martin family killed in a zeppelin air raid during the Great War. Will Maisie discover the truth before revenge and guilt destroy the village? Winspear paints a historical cozy featuring intriguing characters and surprising twists. Maisie is absolutely compelling not only as an investigator but also as a psychologist while she probes the hearts and minds of those she meets. Highly recommended for all mystery and popular fiction collections.--Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L., MD Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.