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by Jacqueline Winspear

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

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Winspear's poignant story centers on characters who are rebuilding their lives after being physically and emotionally ravaged by World War I. Elegant prose suits the bittersweet atmosphere, and her protagonist, Maisie, is someone the reader will like and admire instantly. Fans of historical mysteries will be hooked.

It's 1931, and London investigator Maisie Dobbs has a new client who wants to buy an estate in Kent, including its brickworks factory. But petty crimes have occurred on the estate and in the neighboring village, so he hires her to look into these matters.

It's hop-picking season in Kent, when Londoners and Gypsies come to the area for work, and Maisie discovers there's discord among the workers and the locals. The locals also seem afraid of something not in the here and now but from the past. While Maisie uncovers layers of tragedy and deception, she's also forced to face painful issues of her own. (Holt, Feb., 336 pp. $24.00)

Reviewed By: Jo Peters

Publisher: Holt

Published: February 2008

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