Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspea

Maisie Dobbs is a private investigator in 1930's London which is quite unusual for a woman but Maisie is quite unusual. She managed to pull herself up from the servant class to get an education and spent time in France during WWI as a nurse. Yes, her work often puts her in harms way but she is more than capable. Mr. and Mrs. Clifton are from Boston and Maisie has been recommended to them. Their son, who was a cartographer-a mapmaker, went missing during WWI and his remains have just been recently discovered along with letters written to him from a mysterious woman. It appears that their son had been murdered and not just killed by shrapnel as they originally thought. They ask Maisie to help them find this mysterious woman.
I don't know if it is because of the time period in which she writes or if Ms. Winspear would write like this whatever the time period but it is very very clean. No profanity to speak, no sex scenes, a little violence due to the subject matter but no graphic details, some adult discussions but nothing that would make me blush, just a nice solid mystery with interesting characters and plot lines. I really enjoyed this one and want to read the whole series someday.
Rated PG for adult subject matter.

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