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The mapping of love and death : a Maisie Dobbs novel (edition 2010)

by Jacqueline Winspear

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Title:The mapping of love and death : a Maisie Dobbs novel
Authors:Jacqueline Winspear
Info:New York : Harper, c2010
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The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear

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    Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear (robertgriffen)
    robertgriffen: Pardonable Lies is another in the Maisie Dobb series by Jacqueline Winspear and like all this series is a well crafted and enjoyable book which I found very difficult to put down. Anyone who enjoys a mystery story based around real events immediately following the First World War will find this whole series absolutely fascinating. Try to start with 'Maisies Dobbs and then work yor way through the series. Each book connects with the previous and has a link to the next. The latest the Mapping of Love and Death is an excellent story, the latest in this series. Hopefully there will be more to come.… (more)
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2011, Harper Audio, Read by Orlagh Cassidy

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August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe. Michael—the youngest son of an expatriate Englishman—puts duty first and sails for his father’s native country to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed among those missing in action.

April 1932. Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael’s parents, who have recently learned that their son’s remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael’s belonging. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier’s family and even Maisie herself. Over the course of her investigation, Maisie must cope with the approaching loss of her mentor, Maurice Blanche, and her growing awareness that she is once again falling in love.

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The Maisie Dobbs series does indeed just keep getting better! Winspear writes eloquently of Maisie’s personal experience as she investigates the matter of love and death in a time of war – naturally, the case takes her back to the years she herself spent abroad employed as a nurse during WWI – to the time she met and fell in love with Simon. The sense of family unity portrayed through the Cliftons is endearing, and also makes the loss of Michael the more sad. Billy and Doreen Beale are building a secure home life again, with Doreen getting back on her feet after her decline into depression following little Lizzie’s loss – and they have some wonderful news to share.

Dr Maurice Blanche, who took Maisie under his wing so many years ago and became her mentor, is about to leave this world. And here Winspear’s writing excels. Maisie’s final days with Maurice are so touching. Just as Blanche changed the course of Maisie’s life remarkably at the time she was but an adolescent – he will change her life again. This time, perhaps even more remarkably. And, on that note, I must now read the next in the series to see what immediate decisions, if any, Maisie will make given her new circumstances.

Recommended: Yes, the entire series! Particularly to those interested in the era of the WWI and WWII. The strength of the series is Winspear’s decision to write a strong female lead, particularly in a time when women were not employed as psychologists and certainly not as investigators. ( )
1 vote lit_chick | Oct 8, 2016 |
The episode deals with the death of an American cartographer who enlisted to serve with the British in WWi.
I really enjoy this series. ( )
  tangledthread | Jul 8, 2016 |
Enjoyable reading ... my one complaint is that the author is very stingy with clues on where the mystery is headed, and tends to resolve things abruptly and quickly so the reader is left thinking "didn't see that one coming" multiples times. Good historical content though, and main characters very likable. ( )
  sail7 | Mar 4, 2016 |
I think this was the best one so far, it touched my emotions is ways the previous ones did not. ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
I think this was the best one so far, it touched my emotions is ways the previous ones did not. ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
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There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
-- George Eliot, 'Daniel Deronda'
War is like love; it always finds a way. -- Bertolt Brecht
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For John
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"Would you believe it, Billy - three years and we're still in business!"
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Set in 1932, bestseller Winspear's endearing seventh Maisie Dobbs novel (after 2009's Among the Mad) centers on Michael Clifton, a young American cartographer during the Great War, whose remains turn up in a French field. Evidence suggests to Maisie that Michael, rather than dying in a shell blast, was murdered. Michael's parents arrive in London with letters from an unnamed English nurse that raise disturbing questions about the nurse's relationship with their son. The plucky inquiry agent embarks on a search for this woman, following a trail that leads to Chatham, home of the School of Military Engineering, which Michael attended. There she learns about the vital role that cartography played in the war.
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London investigator Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death--an investigation that leads her to a doomed affair between a young cartographer, listed as missing in action when World War I ends, and a mysterious nurse.

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