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Leaving Everything Most Loved


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Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes In This Grave Hour, Journey to Munich, A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, and eight other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.


"Delves deeply into [Maisy's] complicated relationships and hints at a compelling future."--Kirkus Reviews
"Parting is such sweet sorrow....Winspear adroitly weaves a mystery involving tensions with race, class, and even love....Highly recommended for fans of strong women detectives."--Susan Moritz, Library Journal
"Psychology and private investigation: an unlikely combination of professions, especially for a woman in the 1930s. And yet Maisie Dobbs does both, brilliantly."--Adam Woog, Seattle Times Book Review
"The cross-cultural theme adds another dimension to Winspear's London of 1933....This tenth Maisie Dobbs mystery continues the series' high quality, capturing a time and place and featuring a protagonist as compassionate as she is intuitive. A fine historical mystery with broad appeal."--Booklist
"To remain connected to life's possibilities, one's mind must be open to change....It's a concept that Winspear explores with grace and generosity in Leaving Everything Most Loved."--Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Parting is such sweet sorrow. Winspear's tenth Maisie Dobbs novel (after Elegy for Eddie) finds the intrepid sleuth at a crossroads. She feels a strong urge to travel abroad, but human ties have kept her stationary. Her employees are financially dependent on her, and her love, James, is anxious to know if she will become his wife. In the midst of all these decisions, Maisie is approached by a grieving brother of a murdered Indian woman named Usha. She was murdered months ago, and Scotland Yard has failed to produce any leads. Maisie takes on this sorrowful case of a woman who came to England with altruistic goals and a good position only to fall into near-indentured servitude. How did this happen? Who would want Usha dead? Just because you leave something behind doesn't mean it won't follow you. Verdict Winspear adroitly weaves a mystery involving tensions with race, class, and even love. The novel will leave readers wondering if they have said a last good-bye to a dear friend. Highly recommended for fans of strong women detectives such as Bess Crawford and Mary Russell.-Susan Moritz, Silver Spring, MD (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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