Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear is a mystery, a romance and a war story, which takes place in London. The novel starts in the Spring of 1929. Maisie is a private investigator who has just opened her own practice. Her first client is Christopher Davenham. He hires Maisie to follow his wife who he fears is unfaithful. This investigation leads Maisie into an investigation of her own, when she has questions about a farm, where disfigured veterans from WW I are living.
The next part of the novel takes the reader back to Spring 1910 -1917. We learn about Maisie's childhood. She is an extremely gifted young girl, and even through she is from a working class family, she has the opportunity to study at Cambridge. Maisie falls in love and she temporarily postpones school to do her duty for the war effort. She is sent to France as a nurse. There are many interesting characters in this novel. Simon Lynch is the young doctor that Maisie loves. Enid, a servant girl who works for the same family that Maisie works for, and is the reason Maisie decides she must become a nurse. Frankie Dobbs is Maisie's father who wants his daughter to rise socially, but is afraid he may lose her. Maurice Blanche is her extremely intelligent mentor. This novel also deals with the horrors of war.
The third part of the novel jumps ahead to Summer of 1929 where again the reader is involved with Maisie's investigation of the farm. It is a good story and # 1of the Maisie Dobbs series. I am looking forward to reading the entire series. I liked the characters and I love novels that take place in England.
This book has been in the the Book Club collection for a long time. Many clubs have read it. I would love to hear comments on whether you liked it or not!!