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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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Maisie is dealing with her mentor being very ill, with investigating the mysterious woman in some letters and other mysteries.

Maisie is approached by an older couple whose son's body has been discovered in an old trench, however it appears that he didn't die like the others in the trench, he may have been murdered and when the older couple are attacked in their hotel room Maisie has her suspicions that these things are related.

Doreen is out from the asylum and Billy is trying to come to terms with her being back in the house. She's also dealing with emerging feelings of love and her elderly mentor's ill health.

It's interesting and how things progress and the questions I have about her future make me want to read more in this series. Though Maisie really needs to deal with her angst. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 23, 2015 |
Maisie is contacted by an elderly couple from the U.S. whose youngest son's body has just been discovered in a grave in Belgium. They ask her to try to find the young woman who had written him so many letters which were found with his body. Later that couple is brutally attacked in their hotel and gravely injured. Maisie suspects that the death of the son and the attack on the parents are related. Of course, Maisie has to deal with Detective Inspector Caldwell, but in this book they begin to forge a working relationship, if not a friendship.

I thoroughly enjoy this historical mystery series, which is rich in wonderful characters and historical details. There were, however, a couple of slips in the text when 21st century phrases were used by early 20th century characters, but most readers wouldn't notice that. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Mar 12, 2015 |
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 |
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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
"The Bluesman"
With my love
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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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