Young, feisty Maisie Dobbs has recently set herself up as a private detective. Such a move may not seem especially startling. But this is 1929, and Maisie is exceptional in many ways. Having started as a maid to the London aristocracy, studied her way to Cambridge, and served as a nurse in the Great War, Maisie has wisdom, experience, and understanding beyond her years. Little does she realise the extent to which this strength of character is soon to be tested. For her first case forces her to uncover secrets long buried, and to confront ghosts from her own past.
Touching weighty topics lightly.
A charming and genteel story - despite a narrative running so close to the riverbank it dances in eddies and swirls rather than flowing smoothly, and a timeline seemingly shuffled by a sharp.