THE MAPPING OF LOVE AND DEATH
From Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author of Among the Mad and An Incomplete Revenge, comes another thrilling installment in the Maisie Dobbs series. In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, The Mapping of Love and Death, Winspear’s popular “psychologist and investigator” Maisie Dobbs is hired and must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden doomed affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.
In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, The Mapping of Love and Death, Winspear’s popular “psychologist and investigator” Maisie Dobbs is hired and must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden doomed affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.
August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California's beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe. Michael—the youngest son of an expatriate Englishman—puts duty first and sails for his father's native country to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed among those missing in action.
April 1932. London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is retained by Michael's parents, who have recently learned that their son's remains have been unearthed in France. They want Maisie to find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among Michael's belongings—a quest that takes Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love. Her inquiries, and the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his trench, unleash a web of intrigue and violence that threatens to engulf the soldier's family and even Maisie herself. Over the course of her investigation, Maisie must cope with the approaching loss of her mentor, Maurice Blanche, and her growing awareness that she is once again falling in love.
Following the critically acclaimed bestseller Among the Mad, The Mapping of Love and Death delivers the most gripping and satisfying chapter yet in the life of Maisie Dobbs.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England. Following higher education at the University of London's Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in academic publishing, in higher education, and in marketing communications in the UK. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business and as a personal / professional coach, Jacqueline embarked upon a life-long dream to be a writer. A regular contributor to journals covering international education, Jacqueline has published articles in women's magazines and has also recorded her essays for KQED radio in San Francisco. She lives in California and is a regular visitor to the United Kingdom and Europe. Jacqueline's novels thus far—Maisie Dobbs, Birds of a Feather, Pardonable Lies, Messenger of Truth, An Incomplete Revenge, and Among the Mad are set in the late 1920s and early 1930s, with the roots of each story set in the Great War, 1914–1918. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards.
THE MAPPING OF LOVE AND DEATH by Jacqueline Winspear is the seventh book in the popular Maisie Dobbs series. Set in England in the time between WWI and WWII, Maisie gets a letter from Dr. Charles Hayden, who is an American surgeon she met during the first War. Dr. Hayden tells Maisie that he has suggested to Mr. and Mrs. Clifton that they contact her. Mr. Clifton left to work in America as a teenager but grew up in England. They want to meet with Maisie to discuss their son, Michael, a surveyor and cartographer for the Royal Engineers in WWI. It seems that Michael suddenly disappeared in 1916 and now, sixteen years later, his remains were found in a field in France and among them are puzzling letters from a woman who signed each letter as “the English nurse.” The family needs Maisie to help locate this woman. They hope they can learn more about what happened to Michael during the war. They suspect murder as the coroner’s report shows Michael was killed by a hit on the head and not a shelling attack.
With her friend, Priscilla‘s help, Maisie learns about how cartography was used in the war and who might have known Michael. Lady Petronella Casterman founded a medical unit that was run by women sent to France in 1915. Perhaps this mysterious woman could have been with that unit. The Cliftons, now in England, have things stolen from them as they are attacked in their room as does Maisie having her brief case stolen. What did Michael do in his life that gave someone reason to kill him? Several theories evolve including some land he bought in California before he enlisted but his being in the war is still the strongest possible cause. Maisie’s usual support system is with her in the characters of her father, assistant, mentors, and the Comptons. Will Maisie’s determined talents aid her in finding the mysterious English nurse? Can she put together the puzzling facts of Michael death and will her unusual understanding of human nature be just what is needed to help do all this?
Maisie is Jacqueline Winspear’s enchanting detective who keeps readers coming back for more. Winspear’s reasonable conclusions and detailed characters that you care about, make her narratives compelling as well appealing. I know I have only read one other Maisie book but look forward to reading more of them in the future
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