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The series is excellent. If you are a fan of social history (post WWI England, women's history, Depression Era) in a fictional setting, Winspears books are very well researched, without being teachy or preachy. The reader has a pleasant manner, with voices well differentiated.
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Please read the books in order of series to appreciate this book the most. The main character Maisie Dobbs is a bright, intelligent, independent career woman in 1931-32. Over the years she has evolved and recovered from the many scars of her war experience. This chapter in her life exposes the atrocities of chemical warfare, and remnants from WWI. It also exposes the dreary economy of post war England where former soldiers got no pensions, are homeless and ill from their war experience. It is a desperate time for many, and the pain is recorded in the pages. Maisie's employee Billy has problems of his own with a wife suffering from depression. Clearly JW did her research on early methods of depression treatment. The plot line is suspenseful as Maisie chases to find a killer and is intriguing at the same time. A psychological thriller with social history intertwined. Great detail and growth of characters. The narration is fitting and well done, once again Orlagh Cassidy does a great job.
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