Title: Maisie Dobbs
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Narrator: Rita Barrington
Genre: Mystery; Fiction
Audio: 10 hours
Publisher: Sound Library
Maisie Dobbs is a “psychologist and investigator” in post-WWI London. Trained for years by her mentor, Maurice, she’s hanging up her own shingle and ready for her first case: a simple suspected adultery turned into something much more. In the midst of this story, we learn about Maisie – from housemaid to WWI nurse – and how she came to be the Maisie we see today.
I am only one book in and I totally understand why the world is in love with Maisie. I’ve never been much of a mystery reader, but I’m sold on Maisie. She’s a charming character, surrounded by wonderful family and friends, and I can’t imagine many readers fail to fall under her spell.
I had heard that the first Maisie Dobbs was not the strongest, mostly because of the large amount of backstory squeezed in the middle. While I’m not sure that devoting such a big chunk of the book to the back story (maybe it deserved a book of its own?) was the best story-telling decision, I actually really enjoyed learning about young Maisie. If this is the weakest book in the series, I can’t wait to keep reading.
I was able to get completely lost in the story and I believe much of this was due to the narration. Rita Barrington has this wonderfully lyrical voice. I definitely recommend reading (or revisiting) this one in audio.