Leaving Everything Most Loved
By Jacqueline Winspeare
Harper, 2013. 352 pgs. Mystery.
In her most recent book, Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who is looking for the man who killed his sister two months previously. He feels the case was mishandled and ignored because of his sister's race. Things become even more tangled when another Indian woman is found dead just before she was supposed to meet Maisie. Will Maisie be able to discover who is killing these women in time?
Winspeare's real talent is in setting a scene and describing an era, and she succeeds marvelously in this novel. The author paints a realistic, if sometimes gritty, reality of post-WWI England, with unemployment rife and racism rampant. Yet Maisie always treats every person she meets with dignity and respect, giving a brightness to a story that could be consumed in gloom. This was one of my favorite books of this series.