Maisie Dobbs—psychologist, investigator, and "one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting" (Parade)—returns in a chilling adventure, the latest chapter in Jacqueline Winspear's bestselling series.
Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—sellers of fruit and vegetables on the streets of London—Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are deeply skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie—and why?
Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death. Plunging into the investigation, Maisie begins her search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth where Eddie had lived and where she had grown up. The inquiry quickly leads her to a callous press baron; a has-been politician named Winston Churchill, lingering in the hinterlands of power; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done.
The story of a London affected by the march to another war years before the first shot is fired and of an innocent victim caught in the crossfire, Elegy for Eddie is Jacqueline Winspear's most poignant and powerful novel yet.
Set in 1933, bestseller Winspear s excellent ninth novel featuring London investigator and psychologist Maisie Dobbs represents a welcome return to form after 2011 s less inspired A Lesson in Secrets. Five men Maisie hasn t seen since girlhood break the sad news that Eddie Pettit, another friend Maisie hasn t seen in years, died when a huge roll of paper fell on him in the paper factory where he ran errands. The gentle Eddie, who was considered slow, had a remarkable talent for relating to horses. The five, who suspect Eddie s death was no accident, retain Maisie to find out what really happened. The case comes at an emotionally turbulent time for Maisie, who s ambivalent about her relationship with wealthy James Compton and has begun to question the reasons for her own many acts of charity. The involved plot is as good as any in the series, and the resolution is intelligently complex. 9-city author tour.
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More romance novel than mystery/thriller
This book is more about the evolving relationship between Maisie and James Compton than it is a mystery/thriller. That's ok, it's still good reading and well written. I also presume to think that it's a transitional Maisie story. For the author to continue to use this character, I think that she has to have Maisie evolve. Ms. Winspear starts that process in this story.
Elegy for Eddie
Thanks for an interesting story.
Delightful, quick, easy read. Very satisfying