Sunday, March 25, 2012

"MARCH IS MAISIE MONTH" - ELEGY FOR EDDIE: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY



The centerpiece of the "March is Maisie Month" is William Morrow with Harper Collin's Twitter Chat schedule. Every week in March they have had a new guest moderator for one-hour chats. This Friday, March 30th at 3pm, EST, Jacqueline Winspear herself will be part of the Twitter Chat. There is also a major blog tour that is covering the entire series this month. The book blogosphere has been buzzing about Maisie, and I hope everyone has had a chance to participate. If not, here is your chance...with Jacqueline Winspear's latest "Maisie" book, ELEGY FOR EDDIE!
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 GIVEAWAY ENDED
ELEGY FOR EDDIE
A Maisie Dobbs Novel
BY JACQUELINE WINSPEAR
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Maisie Dobbs—psychologist, investigator, and "one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting" (Parade)—returns in a chilling adventure, the latest chapter in Jacqueline Winspear's bestselling series.

Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—sellers of fruit and vegetables on the streets of London—Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are deeply skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie—and why?

Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death. Plunging into the investigation, Maisie begins her search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth where Eddie had lived and where she had grown up. The inquiry quickly leads her to a callous press baron; a has-been politician named Winston Churchill, lingering in the hinterlands of power; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done.

The story of a London affected by the march to another war years before the first shot is fired and of an innocent victim caught in the crossfire, Elegy for Eddie is Jacqueline Winspear's most poignant and powerful novel yet.
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.
 
PRAISE FOR ELEGY FOR EDDIE:
“Long before the Downton Abbey craze, Jacqueline Winspear was writing remarkable mysteries about life in England circa WWI.”
— New York Journal of Books
“Compelling— People (3 ½ out of 4 stars)“A detective series to savor.— Johanna McGeary, Time“A series that seems to get better with every entry."— Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal“When people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear...Winspear chronicles the uncharted, sometimes rocky path chosen by her protagonist and delivers results that are educational, unique, and wonderful.”

— Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
“For as long as each novel lasts, we live in Maisie’s suspenseful, intelligent world.”
— Evelyn Theiss, Cleveland Plain Dealer
“[Catches] the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman.”
— Chicago Tribune
“Engages the mind and enriches the heart.”
— Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A heroine to cherish.”
— Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Terrific....Maisie is one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting.”
— Parade
“For readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P.D. James’s Cordelia Gray, Maisie Dobbs is spot on.”
— Hallie Ephron, Boston Globe
“Maisie Dobbs is a revelation.”
— Alexander McCall Smith
“Excellent….The involved plot is as good as any in the series, and the resolution is intelligently complex.”
— Publishers Weekly
MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
From the Harper Collins' Website on ELEGY FOR EDDIE, is written:

In this latest entry in Jacqueline Winspear’s acclaimed, bestselling mystery series—“less whodunits than why-dunits, more P.D. James than Agatha Christie” (USA Today)—Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler that will take her from the working-class neighborhoods of her childhood into London’s highest circles of power. Perfect for fans of A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, or other Maisie Dobbs mysteries—and an ideal place for new readers to enter the series—Elegy for Eddie is an incomparable work of intrigue and ingenuity, full of intimate descriptions and beautifully painted scenes from between the World Wars, from one of the most highly acclaimed masters of mystery, Jacqueline Winspear. 

And so with my schedule WAY behind, I can't submit a full review at this time as I am just reading the book. I can tell you that I have always enjoyed Winspear's work before and think this will be no different as it has caught my attention right away. I am hoping to finish it this weekend. If you are a mystery fan, and especially a "Maisie Dobbs" fan, then you really want to read this one. ELEGY FOR EDDIE surely looks to be a good time filled with twists and turns that will keep us turning pages.

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO THE GOOD FOLKS AT WILLIAM
MORROW GROUP WITH HARPER COLLINS,
I HAVE ONE COPY OF THIS NEW MAISIE DOBBS
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY WINNER
 
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+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING AT JACQUELINE WINSPEAR'S WEBSITE HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: READ JACQUELINE WINSPEAR'S "FUN STUFF" PAGE ON THE HARPER COLLINS WEBSITE HERE AND COMMENT ON ONE THING YOU FOUND INTERESTING THERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY, YOU CAN COMMENT SEPARATELY AND EACH WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY
 
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GOOD LUCK!

157 comments:

debbie said...

This is a new author for me. I enjoy books set in England, and that time period. I think it sounds like a very good mystery.I would like to read it.
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I read a couple of Maisie books several years ago. I had kind of forgotten about the series, but now I remember how much I enjoyed them. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Carol N Wong said...

I love mysteries that are set in a different time period and place. Still haven't had a chance to read any books by this author. I love to have a chance.


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On her site, she posted an essay about visiting battlefields of The Somme and Ypres. Her grandfather was severely wounded in Somme during World War I.

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LOL she would take a very long book is she was going to be on a desert island. I have thought about that before and was going to take an armload of long books!!

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I have never read any of this author's books but I have heard great things about them. I need to put them on my TBR list. I would like to know more about Maisie.

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I learned that Jacqueline also writes regularly on the subject of international education.

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I learned that Jacqueline's favorite quote is "If you can see a thing, you can make it so."

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Sue Farrell said...

I would like to read this book because I think it's a mystery, but a "meatier" and more meaningful mystery than my usual cozies.
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On the author's website I discovered that the author's grandfather was in WWI and his experiences made in interested in the time period.
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On the author's fun stuff page, I like that she can't choose a most embarrassing moment because she's had so many.
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One of my friends is a big Maisie fan and I still haven't read one yet! Maybe I will begin with Eddie!
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I think it's interesting that a gentle man like Eddie would be possibly killed by government or financial sources. I'd love to win because it sounds like a very interesting book!

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Amy said...

I enjoy murder mysteries especially when there's an intriguing investigator at the helm. Although I haven't read any of Winspear's Maisie books yet, I am a fan of Maisie's and think she sounds like such an intriguing, fascinating character.

This book sounds particularly interesting because Maisie knows some of the people involved in the case personally. Corruption at a high and political level is part of the case which makes it touchy and dangerous. I'm extremely interested in how Maisie decides to handle this case.

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Amy said...

The message from Jacqueline on her blog, about Elegy for Eddie, it's cover, the new website and the Maisie Dobb's blog, directing our attention the the info about the reading and research Jacqueline did to bring a sense of time and place to the book was wonderful, I thought. It shows how much she cares about her readers and giving them a book they'll enjoy as well as how much she enjoys writing.

I also love Jacqueline's essay about riding the train through Kent to Sussex which also sounds like she's traveled back in time to a beautiful, more refiined era!

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An English setting is very appealing-- a more innocent time and place as well.



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