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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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Another tale of Maisie investigating the death of an American soldier. The soldier had enlisted as a map-maker with the British services. His body had been discovered recently, and the family asks Maisie to find the woman he had been involved with. Enjoyable as usual. ( )
  Pmaurer | Nov 9, 2014 |
SPOILER A true use of the title. Maisie moves to another plateau where she excels professionally and meets a challenge in her private life. The venues and revelations inherent for the generations concerned become more fascinating with each book. This reader is very appreciative of the manner in which Jacqueline Winspear allows Maisie to handle Maurice's illness and death. It shows respect for both the created characters of Maurice and Maisie and brings the reader into their grief.

Once again, also, an unfamiliar (to me) aspect of the WWI British (and American) home front comes to the fore. And a certain irony that I am reading this in 2014- one hundred years after the fact but sadly all is so familiar. ( )
  HugoReads | Jul 10, 2014 |
another very good book from Jacqueline Windspear, I am getting to lover her character of Masis Dobbs more and more. The good thing is despite the setting this is a new book so I can always hope for more
  jessicariddoch | Apr 23, 2014 |
Best of the Maisie Dobbs since the first one. I liked the protrayal of her relationships. Very real characters as usual. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
In this latest installment of the Maisie Dobbs series, Jacqueline Winspear does not disappoint.

Maisie finds herself investigating the death of an American cartographer who joined the British Army at the onset of WWI in 1914. When his remains are uncovered, he is found in possession of meticulously preserved letters from a woman who only signs her name as "The English Nurse" or "Tennie." His parents, established members of the Boston Brahmins, journey to London and hire Maisie to track down the mysterious woman with whom their son had a war-time affair.

But of course, it's not as simple as that, especially when Maisie reads the coroner's report and begins to suspect that it was not a shell and trench collapse that killed young Michael Clifton after all...

Devoted readers should be warned there is a bit of heartbreak in this book. Several of the character story lines have surprising developments, and Maisie herself forays cautiously once again into love.

Winspear--perhaps even more so than other authors--captures the undercurrent rumblings of the next impending war exceptionally well. She retains her vivid imagery and immersing sense of time and place. All in all, another satisfying read from a very pleasant and interesting series. ( )
  Shutzie27 | Feb 2, 2014 |
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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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