Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

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Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear, book 6 in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series (Henry Holt, 2009), 320 pages

Summary
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.

Thoughts
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

About the author
Jacqueline Winspear (Facebook) quit her day job for her writing when she saw the tour schedule for Birds of a Feather. She lives in California, after leaving England in 1990.

Other reviews
Booking Mama
Devourer of Books
Lesa’s Book Critiques
Whimpulsive
A Work in Progress
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16 responses to “Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

  1. Hi!
    Sounds like a great series. I’ll have to check it out. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

  2. Ah, I’m about to finish this one. I’m enjoying it even if it’s about a hard subject that is much better understood, today, like mental illness. I’m enjoying the stuck-in-time bit, a little simply because I’m afraid evreything will hit the proverbial fan once WWII break out. Ack!

  3. I don’t think I’ve read a bad word about this series.

  4. I share your impatience. It’s not so much about time passing (although there’s that, too) but Maisie’s personal growth – I keep feeling like we’re on the cusp of something and I get a bit frustrated. Still enjoying though! Mine is here: http://pagesofjulia.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/among-the-mad-by-jacqueline-winspear/

  5. I’m currently reading “The Mapping of Love and Death” and have read all the prior books in the series. I enjoy them very much. It’s been quite awhile since I read the first book so sometimes it is hard to remember what else has been going on in Maisie’s life or what year they take place. It would be a good series to read from start to finish with nothing else in between, but there’s a new book coming out every year or so, so that isn’t possible yet. Perhaps when the series is completed. For now, I’m content to read them as they become available.

  6. Still sitting on the side lines …. I think I need to search out the first book in this series.

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