'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!'
'These clever mysteries, their period settings and the unusual character of Maisie herself are bang on target for the classic crime buyer'
The British counterpart to Alexander McCall Smith's The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century
A heroine to cherish
A wry and immensely readable beginning to what promises to be a vivid new addition to crime fiction
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
'For readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P D James's, Maisie Dobbs is spot on'
Even if detective stories aren't your thing, you'll love Maisie Dobbs
'(Maisie Dobbs') most engaging adventure so far'
'It is only a question of time before this series hits the television screens, for it is just made for it'
'Altogether an excellent mystery story, which grips the reader all the way through. Contains many ideas which would interest book groups'
'Wonderfully nostalgic and traditional sleuthing in post-First World War London'
'Maisie Dobbs is a delightful character... The war's long shadow over Maisie and her clients and suspects lends emotional depth to an enjoyable mystery'
'Think Upstairs Downstairs meets Miss Marple - with a touch of chirpy cheerful Cockney from the Dick Van Dyke school'
'The classic crime buyer'