A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Maisie Dobbs is no stranger to hardship. Her mother dies when she is 13, and to help support her father, she takes a job as a maid. When Lady Rowan discovers that her young servant is hungry for knowledge (Maisie is caught reading philosophy in the estate’s library), she takes the girl under her wing and provides her with a tutor. A few short years later, Maisie’s promising academic career is brought to a halt with the onslaught of WW I, and she enlists as an army nurse. When the war is over, Maisie sets up shop as a private investigator and is soon embroiled in the goings-on of a cultish farm that welcomes disfigured soldiers–at a price. Maisie Dobbs is a wonderful blend of history and mystery; recommended for fans of Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series.
Review by Jamie