The Mapping of Love and Death
A Maisie Dobbs Novel
By Jacqueline Winspear
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061727689, 368pp.)
Publication Date: March 2011
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August 1914. As Michael Clifton is mapping land he has just purchased in California's beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, war is declared in Europeand duty-bound to his father's native country, the young cartographer soon sets sail for England to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed as missing in action.
April 1932. After Michael's remains are unearthed in France, his parents retain London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs, hoping she can find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among their late son's belongings. It is a quest that leads Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime loveand to the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his dugout. Suddenly an exposed web of intrigue and violence threatens to ensnare the dead soldier's family and even Maisie herself as she attempts to cope with the impending loss of her mentor and the unsettling awareness that she is once again falling in love.
Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four 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.
-People (3 Ĺ out of 4 stars)
‚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
‚eoeAn engaging plot coupled with captivating character makes this the best Dobbs novel to date.‚e
‚eoeEndearing. . . . As often in this winning series, the action builds to a somewhat sad if satisfying conclusion.‚e
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
‚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
‚eoeA detective series to savor.‚e
-Johanna McGeary, Time
‚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