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Publisher's Summary

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.
© Jacqueline Winspear; (P) John Murray
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Critic Reviews

"A strong protagonist and a lively sense of time and place carry readers along, and the details lead to further thought and understanding about the futility and horror of war, as well as a desire to hear more of Maisie." ( School Library Journal)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs Amanda Weller on 03-08-15

easy listen read the book for the better experienc

very well read excellent narration .
disappointed how much of the text was missing in the audio . This is a very good story but has been cut to the bare bones for audio sadly this means that the listener misses out on the deeper development of Maisie's character during her years in France still enjoyable but the text gives a whole lot more

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 05-28-17


Emilia Fox has become my favourite narrator and I had much enjoyed reading the first Maisie Dobbs a few years ago. I could not recognise the novel upon listening to it and discovered to my dismay that it was THE THING TO KEEP AWAY FROM: AN ABRIDGED VERSION. What a pity!
Please Mrs Fox, record more books! Thank you.

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