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2.9994404029099 out of 52.9994404029099 out of 52.9994404029099 out of 52.9994404029099 out of 52.9994404029099 out of 5 3.00 (3,574 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline Winspear Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Maisie Dobbs Novels Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9780062187536
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Maisie Dobbs—psychologist, investigator, and "one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting" (Parade)—returns in a chilling adventure, the latest chapter in Jacqueline Winspear's bestselling series.

Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—sellers of fruit and vegetables on the streets of London—Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are deeply skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie—and why?

Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death. Plunging into the investigation, Maisie begins her search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth where Eddie had lived and where she had grown up. The inquiry quickly leads her to a callous press baron; a has-been politician named Winston Churchill, lingering in the hinterlands of power; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done.

The story of a London affected by the march to another war years before the first shot is fired and of an innocent victim caught in the crossfire, Elegy for Eddie is Jacqueline Winspear's most poignant and powerful novel yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The involved plot is as good as any in the series, and the resolution is intelligently complex.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Winspear hits just the right notes in her portrayal of Maisie struggling with her newly acquired wealth and the social constraints of her new love.”  

    Library Journal

  • “The plotting covers a canvas of England between the wars, with horses being phased out and Hitler gathering strength, and even a dispirited Winston Churchill doing a cameo. Cassidy makes it a rich riot of voices, vivid, convincing, and delightful.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Newcomers will enjoy the exploration of class-bound Britain between the wars, and fans will relish the continued development of Maisie’s complicated character.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the April 2012 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2012 Agatha Award Nominee for Best Historical Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dell Taylor | 2/18/2014

    " My actual rating: 3.6. Maisie is growing and developing as this series continues. This story brings Maisie back to her childhood as she looks into the death of Eddie -- the "slow", gentle giant. Her investigation leads her to discover the horrors which are starting to happen in Germany (it is 1933). This crosses over with "In the Garden of Beasts" and made it so much more interesting having just read that. Her relationship with her suitor, James, is iffy and she is considering traveling for awhile -- so, where will all this lead? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 stitchnsnitch | 2/8/2014

    " Jacqueline Winspear had better write for years and years and years to come. Her books are always such a breath of fresh air, and _Elegy for Eddie_ didn't disappoint. "

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

    " oh, I love Maisie Dobbs. It's the mystery version of Downton Abbey, but better. "

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

    " Jacqueline Winspear knows how to pull at my heart strings and definitely make me ponder. She continues to impress, and I will be happy when the next book appears! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Barresi | 1/22/2014

    " One of the best in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this latest Maisie Dobbs book. Winspear as always does a wonderful job of creating sympathetic characters and captures the feel of the time and place, which is pre- World War II London. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Winfield | 1/11/2014

    " This was a very good read. Win spear is always good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/8/2014

    " Another good book by Winspear that makes me want to see how Maisie's character evolves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/8/2014

    " 3.5 The latest in my favorite beach read series... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 1/6/2014

    " This series is getting old. I enjoyed the first few books but feel that the series and the character have lost their ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dara | 1/5/2014

    " Another fabulous book in the Maisie Dobbs series! :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 12/8/2013

    " Reluctantly, I just completed this great novel by Ms. Winspear...the 9th in the remarkable Maisie Dobbs series! I can barely wait until March when the 10th is published - Leaving Everything Most Loved. I think we're in for a heartbreaker! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 12/2/2013

    " Another great outing in the Maise Dobbs series. Jacqueline Winspear writes such a great story. You defintely connect with her characters. I enjoy each and every book as it comes out. Like visiting old friends. Already itching for the next one!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/17/2013

    " Another nice book in the Maisie Dobbs series. The mystery was less central than the issues confronting the main character and the looming threat of WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Curran | 11/14/2013

    " One of the best Maisie Dobbs' novels yet! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/12/2013

    " This book seemed to be a transition book. I wonder if Winspear doesn't know where to go with Maisie in the future. It seemed to be setting up for major change, but maybe not. I wasn't very happy with the resolution/punishment (or lack thereof) of the perpetrator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 11/9/2013

    " Excellent as always, now I have to wait until the next one is published.... :-( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 10/12/2013

    " Another book in the series of Maisie Dobbs and the period in England between the two world wars. Winspear spends much of the book developing Maisie's character. It is interesting to watch the chamge occurring as modern omventions began taking over jobs once done by humans animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 7/27/2013

    " Maisie is killing me! Will she ever find love and be happy with it? I can't figure out what she is looking for in a man! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Harrison | 7/18/2013

    " I have liked all of the Maisie Dobbs novels. This one leaves more questions about what is to come than some of the earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 3/14/2013

    " Really good story--nuanced and surprising twists to the plot. There is some uncomfortable personal growth for Maisie and changes to her relationship with James. The clouds of upcoming WWII are growing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 1/30/2013

    " This is one of the more intriguing Maisie Dobbs mysteries. I continue to enjoy this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Collier | 1/24/2013

    " The characters tugged at my heart "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsie Dokko | 12/5/2012

    " Still well written - not exactly a happy ending (I like those..but not really realsitic). Still good, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 11/28/2012

    " I love this series by Jacqueline Winspear, but this one was less than convincing for me. Overall I was disappointed in this book, though I did catch glimpses of the old Maisie as I read. I'm hoping for another one by her because I certainly have grown fond of Maisie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 8/8/2012

    " Pity they couldn't find a native reader for the books. The reader's grasp of dialect is woeful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica Lindsey | 6/1/2012

    " Good, as expected. I have to wait for the next one to be released! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darlene Murphy | 5/26/2012

    " Not what I usually read and I definitely forced myself to finish it. "

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About the Author
Author Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Elegy for Eddie, A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as several other nationally bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

About the Narrator

Orlagh Cassidy is an udiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as fifteen 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.