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Maisie Dobbs: psychologist, 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 best-selling series.
Early April 1933: To the costermongers of Covent Garden - sellers of fruit and vegetables on the streets of London - Eddie 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 Eddie - and 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.
©2012 Jacqueline Winspear (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 05-27-12

A time of conflict--look for the deeper message

I found this series when looking for WW1 books. I have been studying WW1 and its affect on society, so I have listen to courses on I-Univ(I-tunes) and the lecture series on Audible and following book recommendation both fiction and non-fiction. I unfortunately started in the middle of this series but have manage to read in both direction to catch up to date with the series. I find this series intriguing as it covers some of WW1 conflict but mostly the aftermath. Maize role of rising above her poor status into the merging middle class and now into the world of wealth and all her personal conflict of this change of responsibilities,was typical of the era. Maize like many women of the time is a working woman and can vote this and other changes in roles of men and women of day caused family and personal conflict. The story takes us to view her roots in the poor section of London as she helps out some old friends solve the the of Eddie. Maize is conflicted as she see the possibilities of another war and the fear and dread of what that means on a society still reeling from the prior war. She is conflicted about what she sees as the manipulation of the press, and certain people in high places preparing for war that brings up her nightmares of what she saw in WW1 as a nurse. I think that this time in history was the most interesting society has faced, we could learn a lot from it. This series offers the reader a great deal of thought if one looks beyond the murder mystery story.

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3 out of 5 stars
By connie on 04-10-12

listen saved by last quarter of novel but...

Maise emerged from novel 7 as intelligent, self-aware and on the path to work in the emerging British intelligence community. Book 8 finds a less self aware Maisie fumbling professionally and personally to reach a point of development she supassed earlier on. I found this episode more melodramatic with too much backstory - anyone who loves the character will read earlier novels for all the details. There is less rich historical backdrop than usual and some penny-dreadful dialogue in the first half. Even Cassidy as narrator didn't seem to deliver her best performance.

This is still worth downloading for fans of the series -- but if you are a new listener, start with an earlier, stronger Dobbs.

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