Friday, March 9, 2012
Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
Did you know that March is Maisie Month? Well, if you didn't, now you do. In anticipation of Jacqueline Winspear's latest release, Elegy for Eddie, Harper Books is sponsoring the first annual March is Maisie Month this year. How exciting! And thanks to TLC Book Tours, I was able to get on their Maisie Dobbs tour and partake in the celebrations. Yay!
Of course, this meant that I had to find out who Maisie Dobbs was, since I had never read any of Winspear's works before. So, I grabbed my copy of Among the Mad and dove right in. It is the sixth book in an on-going series about a Psychologist and Investigator named Maisie Dobbs living in London post World War I. Unsure of what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading all about Maisie and her hunt for a man gone mad. The writing was superb and the characters were so fully developed that you couldn't help but fall in deep like with them and find yourself rooting for some and cringing for others.
Here's a synopsis of the book:
Christmas Eve, 1931. On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the Prime Minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met - and the writer mentions Maisie by name. Tapped by Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch to be a special adviser on the case, Maisie is soon involved in a race against time to find a man who proves he has the knowledge and will to inflict destruction on thousands of innocent people. In Among the Mad, Jacqueline Winspear combines a heart-stopping story with a rich evocation of a fascinating period to create her most compelling and satisfying novel yet.
Talk about exciting, right? I swear it really is rather exciting. In fact, you can't help but get caught up in all the action and find yourself biting your nails in anticipation of what will happen next. Or at least that is how I was the entire time I read this book. It was just so good! You will not be disappointed!
My only question was, "Where has Maisie Dobbs been all of my life?". I seriously can't believe that I have never read any of Winspears books until now! It is pure madness, to think about what I have been missing all of these years - pure and utter madness!! Because, let me tell you - Maisie Dobbs is the cat's pajamas! I absolutely loved reading all about Dobbs' and her knack for solving crimes. I will most definitely be looking forward to reading all of Winspear's works involving the wonderful Maisie Dobbs. And I urge all of you readers out there who haven't experienced Winspear's works to go out and pick up a copy of any of her Maisie Dobbs books and find out for yourself just how excellent they really are!
Here is the link to the all of the bloggers joining in on the Maisie Month fun - check them out! And enjoy!!