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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,814 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline Winspear Narrator: Jacqueline Winspear, Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Maisie Dobbs Novels Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781593978136
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A deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton to seek the aid of Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. As Maisie soon learns, Agnes Lawton never accepted that her aviator son was killed in the Great War, a torment that led her not only to the edge of madness but to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world. In accepting the assignment, Maisie finds her spiritual strength tested, as well as her regard for her mentor, Maurice Blanche. The mission also brings her together once again with her college friend Priscilla Evernden, who served in France and who lost three brothers to the war—one of whom, it turns out, had an intriguing connection to the missing Ralph Lawton.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s rare to find a hired sleuth as mindful of her clients’ psychic needs as Jacqueline Winspear’s World War I military nurse, Maisie Dobbs…Maisie is a sleuth to treasure.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Maisie’s most assured outing to date …The mood and atmosphere of the period ring with authenticity, and the class tension that underlies many of Maisie’s dealings lends the narrative extra sparkle.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “I couldn’t put the book down and rushed out right away to get the other two. Maisie Dobbs is a joy.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Jacqueline Winspear’s historical mysteries prove exactly what this subgenre can achieve, offering a prism of the past and a mirror of the future…Fascinating.”

    Sun-Sentinel

  • “Winspear twists the suspense to a high pitch in this dark and moody tale that will please newcomers to the series as well as Winspear’s many fans.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Filled with convincing characters, this is a complex tale of healing, of truth and half-truth, of long-held secrets, some, perhaps, to be held forever. Winspear writes seamlessly, enriching the whole with vivid details of English life on a variety of social levels.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A thought-provoking series entry, the story contains revelations of secret missions, homosexuality, the lives of persons from all layers of society, and a winning heroine.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A pitch-perfect blend of compassion and panache.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2005 Agatha Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2006 Macavity Award for the Sue Feder Historical Mystery

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/17/2014

    " This is a great series. Great vacation reads or escape from work reading. "

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

    " I like each Maisie Dobbs book more and more, although I didn't care as much for this audio book narrator as the last one, and I'm a little peeved that the narrator changes with each installment. This one did a rather annoying voice for Andrew Dean, and I couldn't tell if he was supposed to be annoying or not, and I kept expecting him to turn into a jerk (thankfully, he didn't). We get to know Maisie better with each case. The whole series is recommended if you like historical mysteries that are more about the psychology (of the crime and the crime-solving) than alibis and train schedules. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/1/2014

    " I am just an avid fan of the Maisie Dobbs series and I have enjoyed everyone I have read thus far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 2/1/2014

    " Not the best in the series, but still pretty pleasurable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaclyn | 1/27/2014

    " I've loved this series so far, but this book was even better than the first two! I found myself clapping and shouting bravos in my head as I finished and I couldn't wait to pick up the fourth installment. I can foresee myself feeling very sad when I finish the last book. Such a charming, enthralling, sweet, thrilling, historical mystery series! I love it! "

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

    " It's Maisie Dobbs....you can never go wrong with a Dobbs mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edie | 1/21/2014

    " This is the best one yet. Couldn't put it down- and for once in my life I didn't have to because I'm RETIRED. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/21/2014

    " This is the 3rd book in the Maisie Dobbs series and I found it just as interesting and well written as the other two. If you are a mystery reader this is a series you need to read. This time Maisie, who calls herself a "pyschologist and investigator", is involved with 3 cases. Tho WWI has been over for 10 years she is still being haunted by the experiences she had in France as a nurse. In fact two of the cases will take her back to France where she has to confront these memories so she can move on with her life. Winspear is so good at creating London in the 1930's. Even her descriptions of what people are wearing are so interesting. I am always so glad when I finish one of her books because I know there will others to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/18/2014

    " Another historical mystery series...female protagonist, Masie Dobbs, investigates crimes etc. in the early 1930's so there is a lot of reference to WWI and related issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alleyheidi | 1/11/2014

    " I love this series of mystery books. I read all of them in a year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/7/2014

    " Maisie continues to assist people in the aftermath of WWI, looking for lost loved ones, and finding her way through her own healing process. She's beginning to blossom as a woman in her own right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracie | 1/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and I think it's my favorite one so far. I liked how Maisie's character reacted to and grew from the different challenges she faced. I also liked getting to see a bit more about her mentor Maurice and her friend Priscilla. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 the Reeds | 12/14/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyable mystery. Looking forward to reading the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 11/30/2013

    " This series is my current book candy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/23/2013

    " This book continues to offer what makes Maisie Dobbs fun to read. I love how the author balances history with mystery and Maisie's personal journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Polep | 8/29/2013

    " Wasn't enjoying book #2 so skipped ahead to this Maisie Dobbs #3 choice and loved it. The sadness of WWI stories comes through again as Maisie works to track down an MIA aviator in France with unforseen implications for her BFF Pris. This one will tug at your tear ducts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/24/2013

    " And another. I'm going to the library soon for the next one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 7/11/2013

    " This is the third book in the series...and it keeps getting better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kleeb | 6/8/2013

    " read this in an afternoon--Maisie just gets better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Young | 5/31/2013

    " I really liked this one. The plot was very interesting and I liked how so many cases were intertwined through the book and how we find out more about Maisie herself. Really enjoying this series...now I just have to wait for number four to come back to my library! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 2/27/2013

    " I have quite gotten into these books. A bit of mystery along with culture and time period of post WWI England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/14/2012

    " I wish I could have sat down and read without interruption as, at times, it felt as though there were too many issues going on at once, (though this mirrored Maisie's state of mind). Once again, the author has created a very interesting historical read about the post-WWI time period in England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Stine | 6/30/2012

    " This series of mysteries is excellent I've enjoyed the historical backdrop research that went into WW1 and the characters are engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/22/2012

    " This is a well rsearched well told tale taking Maisie along the trail of men lost to the war and brings Priscilla from the first book back. While I am not fond of the new age feel to some aspects I do know spiritualism and their debunking was a major activity since Victorian times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/18/2012

    " Maybe even a 4.5. My favorite so far. Interesting character and plot development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/29/2011

    " I guess I like Maisie Dobbs. This is my 4th! Not my favorite of the series, but still a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexi | 10/5/2011

    " I love this series, and this installment was no exception. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty Chang | 9/25/2011

    " OK, I needed to procrastinate--plus a reward for having and executing an excellent lesson plan today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/19/2011

    " Read by the author. "

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

    " Another wonderful addition to the "Maisie Dobbs" series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/17/2011

    " The third in a series of wonderful mysteries starring Maisie Dobbs, girl detective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/14/2011

    " I'm totally involved in Maisie's life and am looking forward to the next book. Pardonable Lies has a uniquely unexpected plot---I loved the twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 5/9/2011

    " I love this series.... Strong heroine, mysteries, London, set between WWI and WWII. Just so much up my alley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 5/7/2011

    " This series gets better and better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edie | 4/25/2011

    " This is the best one yet. Couldn't put it down- and for once in my life I didn't have to because I'm RETIRED. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 4/20/2011

    " I love Maisie Dobbs! She's Nancy Drew all grown up. Number three in this series has been the best one yet. The story is well written with great details from WWI through 1930.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 4/4/2011

    " Terrific story in the tradition of Agatha Christie. Great fun and I look forward to more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 3/24/2011

    " Good plot, although not as good as some of the other Maisie Dobbs novels. One plot line was particular contrived, involving her mentor, Maurice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 3/22/2011

    " Another good Maisie Dobbs mystery that sheds more light on World War I and secret missions. For a longer review, see readingwithdebra.blogspot.com. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 3/20/2011

    " I loved the historical details, the characters and the depths the author was willing to mine. But I felt like the writing was a bit stiff and needed some editing. I'd read reviews comparing her to Dorothy Sayers, and while her insights into the human psyche are similar, her writing isn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/17/2011

    " This series has such depth and layers to each story. Maisie Dobbs is a wonderful character in this series and I've so enjoyed each book so far. "

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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 audiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as nineteen 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.