Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear, book 6 in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series (Henry Holt, 2009), 320 pages
Christmas Eve, 1931. On the street, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide. When her name appears in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, she’s called in.
This is another really stellar outing for Winspear. I said the previous title was at least the best since the first, and this one is also in that category. I am so glad that Maisie Dobbs finally gets the chance to work alongside the police, rather than her investigation(s) being at best indifferent to the police and sometimes actually in opposition.
I’m glad to see the relationship between Maisie and her mentor continue to heal, as well. I appreciated the subject matter too, as I generally have. Oh and: the tension in this outing is a bit tauter, which is brilliant.
If anything, I’m starting to get a little impatient. This is the 3rd book that happens mostly in 1931, and it feels like a bit of a stretch. I’m eager for the passage of time, I guess. I want to see not only how Maisie the character continues to grow and develop, and what happens with the other characters, but also how Winspear and Maisie deal with the increasingly looming threat of War, again.
I’m looking forward to reading books 7 and 8!
Maisie Dobbs books
1. Maisie Dobbs [my review]
2. Birds of a Feather [my review]
3. Pardonable Lies [my review]
4. Messenger of Truth [my review]
5. An Incomplete Revenge [my review]
6. Among the Mad
7. The Mapping of Love and Death
8. A Lesson in Secrets
Part of my impetus for getting back to this series was Book Club Girl’s read-along, Mad about Maisie. Here’s the discussion for this title. The next book, The Mapping of Love and Death, will be discussed starting April 11.
Rating: 4.25 stars
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