Elegy for Eddie
A Maisie Dobbs Novel
By Jacqueline Winspear
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780062049575, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 2012
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Maisie Dobbspsychologist, investigator, and "one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting" (Parade)returns in a chilling adventure, the latest chapter in Jacqueline Winspear's bestselling series.
Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Gardensellers of fruit and vegetables on the streets of LondonEddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are deeply skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddieand why?
Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death. Plunging into the investigation, Maisie begins her search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth where Eddie had lived and where she had grown up. The inquiry quickly leads her to a callous press baron; a has-been politician named Winston Churchill, lingering in the hinterlands of power; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done.
The story of a London affected by the march to another war years before the first shot is fired and of an innocent victim caught in the crossfire, Elegy for Eddie is Jacqueline Winspear's most poignant and powerful novel yet.
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.
?eoeLong before the Downton Abbey craze, Jacqueline Winspear was writing remarkable mysteries about life in England circa WWI.?e
-New York Journal of Books
-People (3 ? out of 4 stars)
?eoeA detective series to savor.?e
-Johanna McGeary, Time
?eoeA series that seems to get better with every entry.?e
-Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
?eoeWhen people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear...Winspear chronicles the uncharted, sometimes rocky path chosen by her protagonist and delivers results that are educational, unique, and wonderful.?e
-Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
?eoeFor as long as each novel lasts, we live in Maisie?e(TM)s suspenseful, intelligent world.?e
-Evelyn Theiss, Cleveland Plain Dealer
?eoe[Catches] the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman.?e
?eoeEngages the mind and enriches the heart.?e
-Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch
?eoeA heroine to cherish.?e
-Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
?eoeTerrific....Maisie is one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting.?e
?eoeFor readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P.D. James?e(TM)s Cordelia Gray, Maisie Dobbs is spot on.?e
-Hallie Ephron, Boston Globe
?eoeMaisie Dobbs is a revelation.?e
-Alexander McCall Smith
?eoeExcellent?e?.The involved plot is as good as any in the series, and the resolution is intelligently complex.?e
?eoeLike any typical PI, Maisie is preternaturally acute and given to noticing tiny details, but it?e(TM)s her compassion that allows her to illuminate some of the most pressing and staggeringly painful issues of her day, delivering unexpected answers and sense of peace to her clients-and her readers.?e
-Nathalie Gorman, O, the Oprah Magazine
?eoeReading Jacqueline Winspear?e(TM)s Elegy for Eddie, the solid-gold ninth installment in a wonderful mystery series that shows no signs of flagging, you can?e(TM)t help thinking that her nurse-turned psychologist-turned sleuth would make an ideal PBS heroine.?e
-Robert Bianco, USA Today
?eoeA work of great humanity and a stellar entry in a superb series.?e
-Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch