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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear

The Mapping of Love and Death is the 7th novel about Maisie Dobbs. I have enjoyed this series since the first novel, and  Maisie grows with each installment.  Her growthseems a natural evolution, as she learns to live with the consequences of the first world war.

Each novel in the series provides an interesting look at life in post-war London, and each one features events that hark back in some way to war itself.  This one is no different.

It is 1932, and when the remains of a young soldier are unearthed in France, the family wants Maisie to discover the identity of the young nurse whose love letters were discovered with the body.  It also becomes evident that Michael Clifton didn't die as a result of the shelling that buried him in the trench.  It appears that he was murdered before the shell that buried Michael and his companions hit the trench.

Maisie's mentor is also very ill, and Maisie shifts between her concern for the case and her concern for her friend whom she deeply cares for.

As usual, Winspear has created a fine mystery with great characters.  All of England is still suffering from the aftermath of the war even in 1932. Unfortunately, WWII is looming on the horizon, and I fear Maisie must live under the threat of the coming conflict.  

Fiction.  Mystery/Historical Fiction.  2010.  338 pages.


  1. Perfect read. Thanks so much!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  2. I have been meaning to read this series, I need to write this down!

  3. I'm ready for book 8! I continue to love Maisie.

  4. Sharon - It is a great series!

    bookmagic - Start with the first one, and you will enjoy them even more!

    iliana - Oh, I'm ready for book 8, too. I'm eager to see how the events from this one play out in the next!

  5. I love this mystery series--It is one of my favorites! I agree that Winspear has done a great job of developing Maisie's character over time. Her newest book is due out next spring!

  6. I love this series. I am looking forward to the next book!

  7. This series is one of several I buy for my wife as they come out, all thanks to bloggers who posted about it in the first place. In addition to increasing my TBR piles, book bloggers have done a lot to contribute to my wife's as well by giving me gift ideas. And I do appreciate it.

  8. I've enjoyed the series too. This is the only one where I've actually read all the books in the entire series! So of course I have to read the next ones when they come out.

  9. I so love this series, and she has a new one coming out in a couple months!

  10. This is one of those series that I want to go on forever!