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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,094 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline Winspear Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Maisie Dobbs Novels Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781427206060
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In the thrilling new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of An Incomplete Revenge, Maisie Dobbs must catch a madman before he commits murder on an unimaginable scale

It's Christmas Eve 1931. On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the prime minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met—and the writer mentions Maisie by name. After being questioned and cleared by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch, she is drawn into MacFarlane's personal fiefdom as a special adviser on the case. Meanwhile, Billy Beale, Maisie's trusted assistant, is once again facing tragedy as his wife, who has never recovered from the death of their young daughter, slips further into melancholia's abyss. Soon Maisie becomes involved in a race against time to find a man who proves he has the knowledge and will to inflict death and destruction on thousands of innocent people. And before this harrowing case is over, Maisie must navigate a darkness not encountered since she was a nurse in wards filled with shell-shocked men.

In Among the Mad, Jacqueline Winspear combines a heart-stopping story with a rich evocation of a fascinating period to create her most compelling and satisfying novel yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] accomplished series…British mysteries of manners, highly evocative of place, often historical, with a compelling main character…Dobbs is intelligent, intuitive, and empathetic (she could be Clarice Starling’s prototype).”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Maisie has only her considerable wits and empathic skill to help Scotland Yard identify the killer. The hunt gets the pulse racing, but the real draw is Maisie herself, a wonderfully nuanced character…[An] engrossing mystery.”

    People (4 stars)

  • “With a plot that seems ripped from the headlines, a sympathetic and intriguing heroine, and prose that leaves the reader marveling at her powers, Winspear has again created a work of great moral probity in which the horror is leavened—and perhaps even surpassed—by the author’s encompassing humanity.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Absorbing and exciting…A fast-breaking case that takes Maisie Dobbs from 10 Downing Street to the meanest of London hovels. The book’s puzzle is challenging, but what charms most is Dobbs herself…Engaging.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Not only does [narrator Orlagh Cassidy] navigate nimbly through conversations featuring various British accents, but she also is skilled at capturing personalities through speech.... Between suspenseful episodes, Cassidy invests scenes like cooking a simple dinner with an almost- sensuous domesticity. AudioFile, Earphones Award winner

  • Winspear creates real suspense set against the troubled social and political scene in early -1930s London and Orlagh Cassidy's superb performance creates the voices and the mood. BookPage
  • Cassidy's British dialects and emotional eloquence make characters and events feel real, frightening and relevant to today. The Herald-Sun

  • Selected for the March 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Nominated for Macavity Award - Nominee, 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Planton | 2/19/2014

    " It is 1931-2. A young man detonates himself in front of Maisie Dobbs. Scotland Yard is receiving threatening letters. Birds, dogs and a government worker are dead. A look at the plight of those called to war and then forgotten. Also the effects, damage and horrific consequences of chemical warfare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Oosterwyk | 2/11/2014

    " Fabulous!! Maisie enters the larger world of Special Services and their interest in chemical warfare. She also develops an interest in photography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lady Susan | 2/10/2014

    " One of my favorite of the recently read Maisie Dobbs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 2/10/2014

    " I read some Maisie Dobbs novels a few years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 2/6/2014

    " Another good entry into the MAISIE DOBBS series. I seem to be reading back to back books on the same subject matter. Following up Dick Francis' latest with a mental illness story line with this which gives a great account of 1932 England's treatment of the mentally ill. Of course there is a post-WWI story line as usual. Very suspensefull ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kammie | 2/1/2014

    " This book broke my heart. It makes you see how terrible war really is, especially the mental aftermath. The secret groups and missions make you wonder if war is ever really worth it. I love the writing style of Jacqueline Winspear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 1/29/2014

    " so far, this is my favorite of the series!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 1/26/2014

    " a darker book than the previous ones; warm, personal, promising finish though. Continue to really enjoy this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/20/2014

    " I am still not quite sure I really take to Maisie Dobbs, but I enjoyed this story with its multiple variants of emotional damage. Ironically it was made bearable by one sufferer seeking to fight back in the most terrible fashion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaye | 1/18/2014

    " I love this series. An intelligent heroine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylie | 1/16/2014

    " I galloped through this one--it was definitely suspenseful and held my interest. However I don't really remember it anymore so I would have to say I found it less emotionally involving than some of the others. Still, a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Library Lady | 1/11/2014

    " Initially I had trouble getting into this book--and I've liked the rest of this series very much. But as the story grew and developed, I really enjoyed it--and I am looking forward to seeing where Maisie will go from here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 1/7/2014

    " Another great read from this author. I love this series. Of course, I love historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 1/2/2014

    " This was the first Maisie Dobbs book that felt like a mystery and had a sense of urgency to it. I've enjoyed getting into the setting and time period and seeing Maisie develop over the course of six novels. I can't wait for her next adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 12/25/2013

    " The most intense & disturbing entry in the series yet, but absolutely compelling. Jacqueline Winspear is amazing at writing a book you want very much to read about topics you'd rather not think about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 12/22/2013

    " I really enjoy the Maisie Dobbs books. The characters are great, and the stories are usually page-turners. I'm always glad I've read these books, but they're not amazing or surprising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inger Faherty | 12/13/2013

    " Still loving Maisie Dobbs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 10/11/2013

    " A reasonably reliable series. This one's a bit more grim, I think, about the plight of war-scarred men and government indifference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/10/2013

    " Another great Maisie Dobbs book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/16/2013

    " The newest in the Masie Dobbs novels is very compeling. I really enjoyed this book. It's set on the brink of WWII. You see Masie develop as a character and start to follow her heart more frequently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mutantreptile | 12/6/2012

    " "Forgetting has never been of concern to me, Inspector. It's the remembering that gives me pause." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Ritz | 11/22/2012

    " Another great mystery for Maisie and her assistant Billy Beale. Winspear hits all the right notes on post WWI Britian and the changes in social structure for women, the lower classes and the country at the beginning of the end of Empire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri | 11/1/2012

    " Read in 24 hours just about says it all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nichole | 10/3/2012

    " Not my favorite of the series, but I always enjoy a Maiseie Dobbs mystery:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kira | 9/16/2012

    " Really good - couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/11/2012

    " This is among my favorite Maisie Dobbs books. I loved the storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 4/14/2012

    " If you've been reading this series, keep reading. It's excellent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrianna | 12/5/2011

    " a great "mystery" about the effects of war and loneliness "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 5/12/2011

    " Another great read. Winspear always manages to throw a logical but surprising twist to the story. Must admit I was a bit bummed it didn't turn out 'right'--a bit like an episode from Foyle's War.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 4/25/2011

    " I read some Maisie Dobbs novels a few years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophiene | 4/22/2011

    " I just love Maisie Dobbs. Hope she finds another love in the end, I am just a romantic sap.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/19/2011

    " I like this "Maisie Dobbs" series. While it's 1930's London, it has a modern feel bc of some of the ideas. It also shows how far forensics has come in solving crimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 4/12/2011

    " The sixth of the Massie Dobbs novels. Massie is a private detective with intuitive abilities in 1930's London. I recommend this series. I think they would stand alone, but it would be best to start with the first one, "Massie Dobbs", to get her background. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 3/31/2011

    " There are some authors who create characters so real you can almost forget you're reading fiction and start to think of the characters as your friends. Maisie Dobbs is my friend. I love these books! I'm so grateful that I won the most recent one here on Goodreads because I get read another one now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 3/29/2011

    " Another great mystery...but I wonder about the next book and if Maisie might be getting a beau? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 3/26/2011

    " I love these books for their detail, and the social messages. Maisie is a great heroine, very real.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 3/25/2011

    " This is my least favorite of the Maisie Dobbs books probably because of the "creepy" factor with the character who turned out to be the murderer. "

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About the Author
Author Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of several New York Times bestsellers in her historical fiction series featuring Maisie Dobbs. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards. She was born and raised in the county of Kent in England. Her grandfather had been severely wounded and shell-shocked in World War I, and learning his story sparked her deep interest in the “war to end all wars” and its aftereffects, which would later form the background of her novels. She studied at the University of London’s Institute of Education and later worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the United Kingdom before emigrating to the United States.

About the Narrator

Orlagh Cassidy, an American actress of stage, television, and film, is an audiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as many AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.