About the book: “In Leaving Everything Most Loved by New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs investigates the murder of Indian immigrants in London.
The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie’s personal life.
Bringing a crucial chapter in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs to a close, Leaving Everything Most Loved marks a pivotal moment in this outstanding mystery series.”
Title: Leaving Everything Most Loved
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Format: Ebook, 336 pages
Source: Received in exchange for an honest review from TLC Book Tours
The death of an Indian immigrant leads Maisie Dobbs into a dangerous yet fascinating world and takes her in an unexpected direction in this latest chapter of the New York Times bestselling series “that seems to get better with each entry” (Wall Street Journal).
London, 1933. Two months after the body of an Indian woman named Usha Pramal is found in the brackish water of a South London canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs to find out the truth about her death. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, evidence indicates that they failed to conduct a full and thorough investigation.
Before her death, Usha was staying at an ayah’s hostel alongside Indian women whose British employers turned them out into the street–penniless and far from their homeland–when their services were no longer needed. As Maisie soon learns, Usha was different from the hostel’s other lodgers. But with this discovery comes new danger: another Indian woman who had information about Usha is found murdered before she can talk to Maisie.
As Maisie is pulled deeper into an unfamiliar yet captivating subculture, her investigation becomes clouded by the unfinished business of a previous case as well as a growing desire to see more of the world, following in the footsteps of her former mentor, Maurice Blanche. And there is her lover, James Compton, who gives her an ultimatum she cannot ignore.
Bringing a crucial chapter in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs to a close, Leaving Everything Most Loved marks a pivotal moment in this remarkable series.
About the Author
Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England. Following higher education at the University of London’s Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK.
She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business and as a personal / professional coach, Jacqueline embarked upon a life-long dream to be a writer.
A regular contributor to journals covering international education, Jacqueline has published articles in women’s magazines and has also recorded her essays for KQED radio in San Francisco. She currently divides her time between Ojai and the San Francisco Bay Area and is a regular visitor to the United Kingdom and Europe.
Jacqueline 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, and 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
I have never read a Maisie Dobbs book but when I read the synopsis for this book I really wanted to give it a try. I really enjoy reading historical fiction, and sometimes enjoy mysteries (as long as they aren’t too creepy- I’m a scaredy cat!) so I figured I should give this book a try. This novel is the 10th in the Maisie Dobbs series, and you definitely don’t need to read the first books in order to enjoy this one!
I enjoyed this book quite a lot, it had a great plot and raised some controversial issues, which a lot of authors tend to shy away from. The writing was great and kept me interested. I thought that this book really developed Maisie as a character (even though I don’t know anything about her from previous books). She was interesting to read about and captured my attention. I also really liked Usha, and thought she was relateable. Usha was an educated woman who had come over from India to act as a governess. She was trying to earn enough money so that she would be able to open a school back in India. She also seemed to be highly sought after among the men.
As I mentioned, Jaqueline raised some controversial issues in this book. Usha was murdered and, obviously, it is questionable as to who do it. Many wonder whether it was as a result of her ethnicity, or a case of mistaken identity.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book with Maisie and Usha. It didn’t spark my interest enough to want to dive into the series, but I thought it was really well written. Therefore, I give this book:
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