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Maisie Dobbs

By Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs, the first book of a wonderful series of mysteries, establishes the historical and psychological basis for Masie’s behavior. The reader is introduced to an intellectual, motivated to succeed adolescent who by demonstrating her intellect and by accepting the help of her patrons becomes a compassionate detective in post World War I England. The damage that WWI did to its soldiers is a major component of these first two books.
A striking feature of the first book is the quoting of Masie’s mentor, Maurice: “Truth walks toward us on the path of our questions.” (pg 32) “Never follow a story with a question, Maisie. not immediately. And remember to acknowledge the storyteller …(pg 47) While these quotes may indicate good detective work, they are also a model for behavior.

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