The Mapping of Love and Death
A Maisie Dobbs Novel
By Jacqueline Winspear
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780061727665, 352pp.)
Publication Date: April 2010
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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 deathan 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. Michaelthe youngest son of an expatriate Englishmanputs 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 belongingsa 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.
Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other national 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.
-People (3 ? out of 4 stars)
?eoeEndearing. . . . As often in this winning series, the action builds to a somewhat sad if satisfying conclusion.?e
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
?eoe[Catches] the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman.?e
-Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
?eoeWhat charms most is Dobbs herself: a woman ?e~not as adept in her personal life as she was in her professional domain,?e(TM) and all the more engaging for that.?e
-Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
?eoeIn Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created?e"she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!?e
-Alexander McCall Smith
?eoeA detective series to savor.?e
-Johanna McGeary, Time
?eoeWhen people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear.?e
-Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
?eoeA sleuth to treasure.?e
-Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
?eoeAn engaging plot coupled with captivating character makes this the best Dobbs novel to date.?e