Title: Maisie Dobbs
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Review Summary: Well written mystery with an impressive female protagonist, convincingly set in the 1920′s but with too much focus on WWI’s leftovers and not enough urgency.
Maisie Dobbs, the lead character after whom the book is named, is an intelligent, independent woman and one of the first generation of women taking on traditionally male roles following WWI. She’s also a brilliant private investigator with a personal life affected by her experience as a nurse in the war. The war also leaves it’s mark on her professional life, since many of her cases directly relate to the war’s aftermath. This includes the case which is the focus of this book which starts out as “an ordinary infidelity case” but which “soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets”.