The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear

Word Lily review

The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper Collins, 2010), 352 pages

A well-to-do American couple come to Maisie seeking answers about their son’s death. Michael Clifton was a surveyor and cartographer, and he went to England to join the war effort as soon as he heard the news, in 1914. He was killed in the war, but his body had only recently been unearthed when The Mapping of Love and Death opens in April 1932.

How about a couple quick bullets to start?

  • I loved getting yet another new angle on the war; the map-making and surveying details and vocabulary were fascinating.
  • The timing of my encounter with this book really was perfect for me, in regard to its touching on singleness, childlessness — and how quickly things can change. When is it *really* too late?
  • I really enjoyed the conversation (mostly internal, I guess) Maisie had about ties to the land. When she stated how fortunate Clifton was to know where he belonged — and at such a young age — it really resonated.
  • The case itself seemed more layered, more twisty, than most of the ones thus far in the series, and I appreciated that as well.

This is my favorite book of the series. But the reasons above don’t get to the heart of why. And really, it’s developments in Maisie’s personal life that I’m most excited bout in The Mapping of Love and Death. One development I’d been hoping for for at least two books, and another really opens doors for Maisie to more fully utilize her abilities.

After finishing it, while thinking about my review, I worried about what would happen if I gave it 5 stars and then the next book surpassed it? But I can’t worry about that today. I loved, loved, loved, The Mapping of Love and Death!

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 [my review]
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, A Lesson in Secrets, will be discussed starting April 25. And on April 26, Jacqueline Winspear will be on Blog Talk Radio.

Rating: 5 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
Devourer of Books
Booking Mama
The Lost Entwife
Nonsuch Book
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15 responses to “The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear

  1. I think with every new book in this series I say that ‘this is my favorite one so far”, but this one will be hard to beat. I just loved this one. I’m halfway through A Lesson in Secrets right now and so far it’s yet another excellent entry in the series.

  2. I have the same problem with series. I love a book enough to give it a 5, but then I worry that I might like the next book even better and then what am I supposed to rate it as? That’s likely why I don’t rate on my blog anymore. I just do on Goodreads…

    • I used to give ratings on my blog, had trouble with it and abandoned the practice. Just started it up again at the first of the year. We’ll see how it plays out! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the lead. It sounds like an interesting read!

  4. Ooh, so you saw that particular personal development coming? It definitely surprised me, but I loooooooove it.

  5. It sounds like the series is getting better and better.

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  8. I am soooo curious about these books! I am going to have to pick one up next time I am in a book store.

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