AMONG THE MAD
Maisie Dobbs' story continues in this strong historical, set in 1931 England. The physical and financial devastations of World War I continue as former soldiers wounded in mind and body can't find work. Winspear's depiction of the setting is flawless. Political overtones are touched on but don't slow down the story. There are hints of romance for Maisie, who in past books has seemed too wounded by the war and her losses. The secondary characters who played a more prominent role in earlier books are missing here, but this is still a deeply satisfying, if sad, book.