The Maisie Dobbs is a 16 book series is written by Jacqueline Winspear.
Maisie is a psychologist and investigator who enlists as a nurse in WW1. Dr. Maurice Blanche was her mentor in learning to become an investigator and in 1929 she opened her detective agency with Billy Beale as her assistant.
Birds of a Feather is the second book in the series. Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. The person is the daughter of a rich grocery chain owner, Joseph Waite. First two and then three of the missing girls friends are found dead. After investigations with her assistant Billy Beale, the deaths are all linked to the World War I.
The third book, Pardonable Lies, has Maisie setting off for France to find out if Ralph Lawson really died in a plane crash during WWI. Her good friend Prisilla also wants Maisie to find out more about her brother’s death in the war. At the same time Maisie is trying to prove the innocence of a 13 year old girl in the death of her supposed uncle. There are threats made on Maisie’s life while in England and France and Maisie faces her fears about being a nurse in the war.
The books include a lot of historical facts and Maisie is involved in undercover work, work for the War Office, work with spies and undercovering spies. It is a series I recommend reading from the beginning as you can see the growth of Maisie and her co-workers.
I’ve just finished reading the 16th book in the series, The Consequences of Fear. In the book, Maisie, believes a young lad, Freddie Hackett, when he says he saw a murder committed and against opinion that she should drop the case, she is determined to find out who and why the murder is committed. Freddie delivers messages and on the way saw a murder, and after delivering the message he goes to the police, but they do not believe him. Maisie pursues the investigation and uncovers a lot of information, and finally solves the case. This book concludes with the bombing of Pearl Harbour in WWII I’m really hoping there are more books in this series, but do have my doubts. At the end Maisie had married an American, she is winding down her agency and giving more over to Billy, so she can spend more time with her daughter and family.
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