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Maisie Dobbs

(The first book in the Maisie Dobbs series)
A novel by

2004 Anthony Award for Best First Novel (nominee)
2004 Barry Award for Best First Novel (nominee)
2004 Dilys Award for Best Book (nominee)
2004 Edgar Award for Best Novel (nominee)
2004 Macavity Award for Best First Novel
2003 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

Young, feisty Maisie Dobbs has recently set herself up as a private detective. Such a move may not seem especially startling. But this is 1929, and Maisie is exceptional in many ways.

Having started as a maid to the London aristocracy, studied her way to Cambridge and served as a nurse in the Great War, Maisie has wisdom, experience and understanding beyond her years. Little does she realise the extent to which this strength of character is soon to be tested. For her first case forces her to uncover secrets long buried, and to confront ghosts from her own past...

In Maisie, Jacqueline Winspear has created a character that readers will immediately take to their hearts. Her first case combines a gripping investigation with a moving portrait of love and loss. It marks the beginning of a wonderful new detective series.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"It's a long time since I've read a crime novel that begins as well as Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs ... well written ... [Jacqueline Winspear] is set fair for a very bright future as a crime novelist." - Simon Brett

"Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs is a welcome addition to the sleuthing scene...Maisie isn't a character I'll easily forget." - Elizabeth George

"In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created - 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!" - Alexander McCall Smith

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