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Amy Lignor

Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles.  She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books.  She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben

 
By Amy Lignor
Published on March 18, 2010
 

Author: Jacqueline Winspear
ISBN:  978-0-06-172766-5


A new novel starring the beloved investigator Maisie Dobbs has arrived.  And, I can tell you, if you haven’t read her amazing sleuth stories in the past, than you should begin as soon as possible

 

Author: Jacqueline Winspear
ISBN:  978-0-06-172766-5

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A new novel starring the beloved investigator Maisie Dobbs has arrived.  And, I can tell you, if you haven’t read her amazing sleuth stories in the past, than you should begin as soon as possible.

In this wonderful mystery, we are first introduced to Michael Clifton.  Michael is a fantastic young man whose special skill is the in-depth mapping of regions across the globe.  He’s the youngest son of a man who stepped into America from a boat docked on Ellis Island.  He’d come from a very wealthy family in Britain who owned a large corporation called Clifton Shoes.  But when he was young, he decided to ditch it all and come to America for a better life.  And a better life he found, as well as a “Mrs.” He loved, from Boston.  Michael is a lot like his adventurous father; he wants nothing more than to shy away from the family money and embark on his own life to make his own millions.  This very smart cartographer finds the perfect land in 1914 – which is where our story begins.  Michael can sense the black gold that’s buried underneath the amazing piece of property and immediately buys it.  When the headline of the newspaper meets his eyes, Michael wants to go home and fight for his old country.  So, locking up his new treasures, Michael becomes a cartographer for the military in WWI.

Fast forward to England.  It’s April, 1932, and Maisie Dobbs has visitors to her door from the United States.  The Clifton’s bring to the investigator a pile of letters from a love interest of their sons, signed only as “The English Nurse.”  Not only that, Mr. Clifton gives Maisie a postmortem report of a body found in an old cave – the body of his beloved Michael who was not only the victim of war shelling, but was also the victim of cold-blooded murder.

With the help of Billy, Maisie’s assistant, she must begin to walk a trail that will lead her through a romance that was kept hidden from prying eyes for a long time; illegitimate heirs of a family fortune; legitimate, angry, heirs of a family fortune; and, a mysterious “Lady” who was in charge of her own nursing squad in WWI.

Not only is the mystery extremely well-written and near impossible to guess until the finale, the side “lines” that are introduced make the story even more rich in content and enjoyment.  James Compton is a man who has always been seen by Maisie as a rich flyboy with nothing of substance to his name…until she really sits down and listens to what he has to say.  Her assistant’s wife Doreen, who has been through one heck of a struggle, has come home to start her life again with her husband, and Maisie aches to be there for the family.  And, finally, Maurice – Maisie’s mentor and friend for all these years – has taken a turn for the worse and is battling an illness that may take him out of her world.

These extra characters are colorful and extremely interesting, and so is the historical British backdrop that’s trying to forget about one war, while hearing the muffled footsteps of yet another legion of soldiers readying themselves for WWII. 

I, for one, can’t wait for the next time I get to “meet up” with Maisie Dobbs.

  

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