'In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created - she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!'
A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century
'A vivid portrait of depressed London in 1931 and a good, atmospheric read'
A heroine to cherish
A wry and immensely readable beginning to what promises to be a vivid new addition to crime fiction
The British counterpart to Alexander McCall Smith's The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Feisty, working-class heroine Maisie is a deliberate throwback to the sleuthettes of old-fashioned crime writing. The well-plotted story, its characters and the picture of London between the wars are decidedly romantic. American readers loved it; many Brits will, too.
A terrific mystery ... Intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read
Even if detective stories aren't your thing, you'll love Maisie Dobbs
'Think Upstairs Downstairs meets Miss Marple - with a touch of chirpy cheerful Cockney from the Dick Van Dyke school'
'Perfect for curling up (with a hot chocolate!) when the weather is bad'
'A powerful, ultimately uplifting tale'
'This award-winning author has added another action-packed, well-plotted mystery to her series. It moves at a cracking pace... Good twist ending - very Agatha Christie'