Recently I happened upon an advanced reader copy of Jacqueline Winspear’s new Maisie Dobbs mystery, Elegy for Eddie. The Maisie Dobbs series is one of my favorites and it was a treat to get to preview this book!
It’s April 1933 in London and the Private Investigator, Maisie Dobbs, is grappling with how she fits into the world. Maisie comes from the working-class neighborhood in Lambeth where her father was a costermonger before going to work at a country estate. Maisie has inherited a considerable estate from her mentor and feels an obligation to use her new-found wealth to help others. Maisie struggles to balance the moral obligation she feels with the wishes of those she wants to help.
As Maisie struggles with her obligations, friends from her past ask her to investigate the death of childhood friend, Eddie Pettit. Eddie died in a London factory under questionable circumstances. Maisie’s investigation takes her from the dark back streets of London to elite dinners with friends and politicians, including Winston Churchill. As Maisie digs deeper into the mystery, the news in Europe indicates the continent may be heading into another war, and Maisie begins to realize Eddie was caught up in issues he could have never understood.
Jacqueline Winspear’s newest Maisie Dobbs book is a solid mystery that creates a strong sense of place and continues her tradition of creating interesting characters. The book will be released in late March. ~Enjoy~