Leaving Everything Most Loved

A Novel

Winspear, Jacqueline

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Leaving Everything Most Loved
London, 1933. Two months after the body of an Indian woman named Usha Pramal is found in the brackish water of a South London canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs to find out the truth about her death. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, evidence indicates that they failed to conduct a full and thorough investigation.

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Publisher: New York : Harper, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062049607
Branch Call Number: PR6123.I575 L43 2013
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,24 cm


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Oct 04, 2014

This series of Maisie Dobbs has been a pleasure to read. I will miss her until the next book. Safe travels, Maisie, Shalom !

May 20, 2014

It's a great series. I started reading this series this past winter. I suggest you start with the first. Each book picks
up where the last ended. It starts with
world war 1 and move to late 1930's.

Enjoy !

Aug 13, 2013
  • dmrc155 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love the Maisie Dobbs series! I would recommend reading them in order. I am disappointed that I have to wait till 2015 to find out what happens to Maisie next.

Jul 22, 2013
  • morvinnie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've loved all these books and yes, they should be read from the beginning. According to the author, the next installment in the Maisie Dobbs series won't be out until 2015.
That's a long wait.

Jun 04, 2013
  • avadbunker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another amazing installment in the Maisie Dobbs series. One of my favorite series. I can't wait to see where the next book takes the characters.

May 27, 2013
  • andrearuthludgin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very enjoyable read

May 17, 2013
  • ladyparasol rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have read all the books in the Maisie Dobbs series. They do not disappoint. They are well written and I like the era in which they take place. I like that the author allows the characters to change. I look forward to where the author takes Maisie next. I'm conflicted on where I think the series should go so I am prepared to have the next book leave me a little happy and a little sad. Best to read these books from the beginning.

Apr 25, 2013
  • DanniOcean rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, April 2013


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Apr 25, 2013
  • DanniOcean rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Maisie Dobbs has come a long way from her start as a kitchen maid in a large country estate. Given a formal education, she lied about her age and enlisted as a nurse in WWI. She got wounded, lost her first love, and was mentored by a man to whom world leaders turned for advice. She opened and ran a successful private investigation firm, was left a fortune by her mentor, and is close to becoming the mistress of the same country estate where she was a kitchen maid, through her relationship with the family’s son. This may make Miss Maisie Dobb seem a very ambitious woman, but she is far from ruthless in her ambition. In fact, Maisie Dobbs is probably one of the most compassionate detectives ever penned. Her inability to bring a murderer to justice in her last case weighs heavily on her – the murderer is a man who holds a key to keeping the rising threat of Germany at bay. This, combined with her current case involving the deaths of two Indian women, bring her to the brink of a decision that will change her future. When an Indian woman is found in a canal, having been shot between the eyes, Scotland Yard allows the case to slide for months until the young woman’s brother comes to England. He had served England in WWI himself but this passes no muster with the local police, so he visits Maisie Dobbs. As Maisie investigates she finds that the woman, Usha, had a special gift; courageous and unafraid – even in a foreign country where the colour of her skin and the bright softness of her sari is regarded with suspicion – Usha used her knowledge of exotic herbs and spices to ease the pain of those others would shun. Is this the reason someone chose to shoot her, afraid of her very courage? Then why shoot – in the exact same manner – her friend Maya, a homesick former ayah with no such talent? In the course of her investigation, Maisie encounters blatant racism, underhanded exploitation, dubious alternative churches, the continuing influence of shell-shock, and the lasting effects of domestic abuse. But she also encounters resilience, indomitable human spirits, true love and kindness, even as she prepares to make a life-altering choice that will affect everyone around her. Those familiar with the Maisie Dobbs series will find Leaving Everything Most Loved a hugely satisfactory addition that will have audiences eagerly anticipating her next novel, which is sure to be the most adventurous yet; I would recommend new readers for the series to start with the first novel, simply called Maisie Dobbs, to get a better sense of her back story, before moving on to any of the others.


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