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03 April 2013

Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs #10)

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear is the tenth book in her Maisie Dobbs series about a private detective and psychologist in early 1900s London. The Maisie Dobbs series is wonderful and all mystery and historical fiction readers will love it.

Usha Pramal left India with the British family she worked for as a governess. But a couple of months ago, someone murdered her. Scotland Yard made little progress in the case guessing it may have been racially motivated. When Usha's brother came to London a mutual friend recommended Maisie to look into the matter.

It seems that Usha Pramal was no longer living with the family that brought her to England. She was living in a hostel with other Indian women who had come over as nannies. It appeared she was trying to earn enough wage cleaning homes to pay her way back to India. But there is always more to a story and Maisie's quest for the truth will lead her many places and possibly create a wanderlust that makes her want to travel to India herself.

Winspear does an amazing job of combining a great mystery and a historically accurate time frame. In 1934 there were already those in England keeping an eye on Germany and preparing to do their part to protect their country if the hints of Hitler's plan were accurate. These and other elements allow the Maisie Dobbs novels to suck readers in and capture them completely. Read this series!

Winspear, Jacqueline. (2013). Leaving Everything Most Loved. New York: Harper.

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