By Jacqueline Winspear
Soho Crime, 2014. 304 pages. Mystery
Maisie Dobbs does not confine herself to the expectation of what a 1920s London woman should be: she is naturally intelligent, a college-graduate, and has just recently opened a private detective agency in the city. But when her first client hires her to investigate his wife’s suspected infidelity, Maisie uncovers a much more sinister plot that forces her to relive the horrors of her past history during World War I.
If you enjoy both Downton Abbey and classic, Miss Marple-type whodunits, then you need to give Maisie Dobbs a go. This book is the first of many in the series, and as such focuses less on the main mystery and more on Maisie Dobbs’s personal history. If you are a newbie to the mystery genre, but enjoy a good British period drama, this first installment is a great gateway. Need a good book for your next book club meeting? You can reserve this book as a set for your club.