One sub-genre in the cozy mystery challenge is historical mystery (a cozy mystery not set in the present). And WOW, what a cozy mystery I discovered, thanks to one of my blogging friends. I have seen the Maisie Dobbs mysteries many times in bookstores but I had never read one until now. It was very good.
As a result of the death of Maisie’s mother when Maisie was young, her sweet dad, Frankie Dobbs found Maisie a job as a maid in a good home. When the Lady of the house, discovers Maisie reading in the library early one morning, her Ladyship, after discussing it with her husband and a doctor, decides on a course of action to educate Maisie.
I loved the characters in this story. I’m going to mention a few, but there were several I loved. Maisie Dobbs is smart, hungry for knowledge, patient, compassionate and easy to like. Her dad, Frankie loves Maisie so much, misses her mother and tenderly and loving cares for his horse, Persephone.
Lady Rowan Compton is an interesting woman. I liked her very much. I actually thought she was funny. She takes great interest in Maisie and believes in her young maid.
Doctor Maurice Blanche is the man responsible of the education of Maisie Dobbs and it is an interesting education. He does the job right, she’s accepted into Cambridge. Well, enter World War I and everyone’s life is changed. Maisie becomes a nurse during the war. After the war she becomes a private investigator and it all begins when a client asks Maisie to investigate his wife, whom he believes is unfaithful.
This book is well-written, however, the descriptions of the men injured in battle is a little shocking to take in. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 5***** stars!
Have you read the Maisie Dobbs books? I’d like to hear from you. Happy Reading!