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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,103 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 2010 ISBN: 9780061977503
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In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.

August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California's beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe. Michael—the youngest son of an expatriate Englishman—puts duty first and sails for his father's native country to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed among those missing in action.

April 1932. London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael's parents, who have recently learned that their son's remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael's belongings—a quest that takes Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier's family and even Maisie herself. Over the course of her investigation, Maisie must cope with the approaching loss of her mentor, Maurice Blanche, and her growing awareness that she is once again falling in love.

Following the critically acclaimed bestseller Among the Mad, The Mapping of Love and Death delivers the most gripping and satisfying chapter yet in the life of Maisie Dobbs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What charms most is Dobbs herself: a woman ‘not as adept in her personal life as she was in her professional domain,’ and all the more engaging for that.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[Catches] the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Compared to Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers in both style and tone, Winspear has crafted yet another fascinating installment to her bestselling series, combining a clever assessment of the social, cultural, and economic turmoil of 1930s Europe with a tidy and entertaining mystery.”

    Bookmarks

  • The Mapping of Love and Death delivers the most gripping and satisfying chapter yet in the life of Maisie Dobbs.”

    Library Journal

  • Selected for the May 2010 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ishki | 2/15/2014

    " I have thoroughly loved every Masie Dobbs' book I've read. All equally good. Such a pleasant surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 2/14/2014

    " This charming and interesting little novel is wonderful. Just what I needed. I recommend it heartily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viathenavy | 1/25/2014

    " Wow. I glanced at reviews for this installment of the Maisie Dobbs series and they were overwhelmingly positive. I had high hopes. While I have enjoyed the series thus far, obviously or I wouldn't be on #7, this is the closest Jacqueline Winspear has come to recapturing the magic of the original Maisie Dobbs. This book was fantastic. I would give it ***** but I reserve that for the best of the best. This addition is what we've been waiting for. Maisie has really dropped her shell, she's open to new experiences, and there is a whole new trajectory lined up for her. I loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corton | 1/20/2014

    " I have enjoyed the Maisie Dobbs Series - so this is more of her story and I enjoyed it very much. Good suspense and information on her relationships. Don't want to say too much in case you haven't read it yet. Two thumbs up for this one. "

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

    " 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this one; as always, the narrator is fabulous...except when trying to do an American accent. British accents are awesome - if you've got one stick with it and don't try anything else! Masie is starting to bug me a bit. I can certainly understand a character being more mind than heart, but Masie is almost inhuman with her unflappable self-possession and her constant repression of feelings. "

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

    " I don't know why I keep listening to this series, because the tone is so melancholy (perhaps reinforced by the quiet quality of the audiobook narrator as well) and there seem to be more sad events than happy ones. I think part of the appeal must be that I have been captured by the characters of Maisie Dobbs and her assistant, Billy Beale and I keep hoping for good things for them. Finally, in this 7th book in the series I feel there is an upturn for them with Maisie finally letting herself enjoy the company of an admirer and progress for Billy's wife's depression. In all of them the mystery to be unraveled in Maisie's cases are well laid out, and this, too, keeps me reading. I think I will listen to one more in the series, but if things don't perk up in mood and events I might recommend readers don't get started on this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/17/2014

    " Great series, really takes you back to that time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/30/2013

    " This is the second book by Wispear that I have read in the last month. I'm hooked! Somehow I had gotten this series mixed-up with they Phryne Fisher series which I do not care for at all. Maisie Dobbs is a woman to be reckoned with. I can hardly wait to read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/30/2013

    " Really wonderful book... this series just continues to grow and improve. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 12/12/2013

    " Maize is back with another good ol' caper, and a little romance on the side! I must say, it's about time :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 11/29/2013

    " I am enjoying this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 8/26/2013

    " Maisie Dobbs is back! This latest in the series was as strong as the first---I couldn't be happier! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Parker | 8/11/2013

    " The more I read in this series, the better I like them. The main character is quite likable, and the historical background is interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Oosterwyk | 6/12/2013

    " God Bless You, Jacqueline Winspear. I could have been a sodden, weepy mess, but you allowed me to reflect quietly. Thank you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Berens-VanHeest | 5/16/2013

    " This was my favorite Maisie Dobbs book so far! In addition to a compelling mystery, SO MUCH OTHER STUFF HAPPENED! A new relationship, a pregnancy, a death... wow! This series just keeps getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dsolove | 5/14/2013

    " My favorite since the beginning of the series. If World War I history is your thing, then maybe these books aren't as interesting. But I know so little about that war, that the series is a real education on how it affected the British from all aspects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne Johnson | 5/10/2013

    " The story premise was interesting. I love this era and was interested in cartography. Unfortunately I didn't find the writing compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 4/8/2013

    " I really liked the first 200 pages of this book, but the end felt a little rushed and messy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 1/20/2013

    " Favorite Maisie book in awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Stoner | 7/22/2012

    " Another WONDERFUL Maisie Dobbs mystery and study of the human heart and psche. I cannot emphasize enough how these novels come to life in the wonderful audio performance of them by Orlagh Cassidy. Give yourself a real treat and "read" one of these Winspear novels with your ears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/18/2011

    " The Maisie Dobbs books keep getting better. This one is my favorite so far, but I am happy that there are a couple more already out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/19/2011

    " I read (or listened to) this Maisie Dobbs book out of order, but enjoyed it thoroughly. It kept me company on the drive home from Atlanta. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee Hawkins | 7/8/2011

    " I enjoyed this series. Fabulous summer reading choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 5/18/2011

    " This is number seven in the series. Currently there are eight books. This is BY FAR the best of the series! I've finished them all and have enjoyed every minute. I can't imagine NOT loving Maisie Dobbs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/16/2011

    " Listened to it on audio. A lot of violence in the beginning, resulting in lots of murders to solve. It is the second one of the Maisie Dobbs books I have read and I do like them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 5/10/2011

    " If you have never read a Masie Dobbs mystery, you will love this series! Masie Dobbs was a woman ahead of her time. The books in this series are set during and after WWI and Masie's life is full of adventures, hope, sadness and a kind heartedness heroine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/7/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyable. Maisie Dobbs is a unique investigator. She solves a murder quietly, with a lot of intuition and footwork, very little violence. The setting is 1930's England, with lots of memories of WWI. But best to read the books in order, starting with Maisie Dobbs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 4/30/2011

    " Liked this as much as the others in the series. Though Maisie may be "alone" she has a tremendous support group. Can't wait to see what happens next.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 4/27/2011

    " A promising, new-to-me mystery series. Who can resist lady detectives in England between the wars? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/26/2011

    " This was one of my favorite books in the series. It is a fun light mystery read with some great historical background of WW1. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 4/24/2011

    " When the remains of an American cartographer who worked with British forces during World War I is dug up nearly twenty years later, Maisie is asked by his parents to learn more about how he died and what happened to the young woman whose letters are found with the body. "

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

    " Maisie Dobbs is one of my favorite characters and this book did not disappoint. I'll be interested to see where they take the next book given some of the major events that happened in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 4/7/2011

    " Maisie touches some part of me in every story and this one was no different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/29/2011

    " A good addition to the series "

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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.