Leaving Everything Most Loved

Leaving Everything Most Loved

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London, 1933. Two months after the body of an Indian woman named Usha Pramal is found in the brackish water of a South London canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs to find out the truth about her death. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, evidence indicates that they failed to conduct a full and thorough investigation.
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2013].
Copyright Date: ©2013.
ISBN: 9780062049605
Characteristics: 339 pages ;,24 cm.


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Aug 04, 2019


Yay, Indian characters in a book taking place in Britain. Not so yay, that it is set in the 1930s and Indian people are characterized as "those people". As always, class distinction is discussed, but this time racism is thrown in. Finally! While it sucks that classism was so prevalent, I think racism was much more dangerous. While India was great to colonize, the savages saved and tamed and an ally in battle and brought to Britain for service, Indians trying to succeed on their own merit was something you could disappear for. I think some aspects of this was so well shown, but this is a novel told through a white woman's poverties, so it is a bit superficial. We also get closer to Maisie's feelings for James in her future. It was a turning point for may characters in this book. I am looking forward to the next book, as Maisie take an adventure out of Britain.

Jun 30, 2019

Might have read

Jan 18, 2017

The story itself is very good, but Maisie's endless introspective musings are beginning to feel to me like filler. I've also started to think that the reason Maisie can never quite sort out what she wants and feels is that she's actually an anachronism -- a 21st century woman dropped into the 1930's by the author. The era and backdrop the author evokes feel quite genuine, but the main character seems somehow like a fish out of water.

Apr 14, 2015

Maisie Dobbs is the woman I hope Nancy Drew grew up to be. There are similarities. Nancy had her little red roadster as her boyfriend. Maisy has her little MG and a fiancé. Both were independent women in the 1930’s. As usual, Winspear weaves a complex case that culminates solving two cases Maisie was working on. Not a disappointment to read.

Apr 01, 2015

I have become very attached to this series. I love the characters and I’m invested in their lives, I wonder how things will turn out and what will happen to them in WWII. In general these books have me happily choosing 4 stars. This one just didn’t meet those expectations, it wasn’t dreadful but it wasn’t as good.
I love that this book told a story about an ethnic culture that had/has such an influence on the British. I appreciate that the author never shies away from difficult subjects; she actually seems to like to bring them into every one of her books.
My disappointment with this book really all stems from Maisie’s personal life. Her relationship with James takes an odd turn; at least I found it so. It felt like all of a sudden James turns controlling and unsympathetic. He didn’t follow the path I was expecting and that rather ruined my vision of him. And Maisie, I’ve gotten used to her quirks and oddities over the last nine books but her obsession with following in Maurice’s footsteps, to travel and ‘find herself’ feel like a mid life crisis that came too soon. I’m all for her staying single and independent, I understand her wish to avoid the high society life but leaving now almost feels like she’s running away to avoid everything.
I hope that some of my qualms are assuaged in the next book.

JUDITH A GEORGE Oct 04, 2014

This series of Maisie Dobbs has been a pleasure to read. I will miss her until the next book. Safe travels, Maisie, Shalom !

Aug 30, 2014

Very disappointing finish to a wonderful series. Fully a third of the book is a recap of the other books in the series. I love Maisie, but 40-year-old women should not still be whining about not knowing themselves--especially when the previous books have focused on self awareness and growth. Clearly, Winspear is tired of her character, and after this book, I am, too. Of course, one must finish the series! Although we learn nothing new, and we are not offered closure, it is a wrap up and if one had been buying the books as published and had a full year between each book, the look back might not be as tedious.

cityislander May 20, 2014

It's a great series. I started reading this series this past winter. I suggest you start with the first. Each book picks
up where the last ended. It starts with
world war 1 and move to late 1930's.

Enjoy !

Dec 21, 2013

**** Maisie Dobbs # 10. The death of an Indian immigrant leads Maisie Dobbs into a dangerous yet fascinating world. The book is set in London in 1933. Two months after the body of an Indian woman named Usha Pramal is found in the water of a South London canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs to find out the truth about her death. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, evidence indicates that they failed to conduct a full and thorough investigation. Before her death, Usha was staying at an ayah's hostel alongside Indian women whose British employers turned them out into the street when their services were no longer needed. As Maisie soon learns, Usha was different from the hostel's other lodgers. But with this discovery comes new danger: another Indian woman who had information about Usha is found murdered before she can talk to Maisie. As Maisie is pulled deeper into an unfamiliar yet captivating subculture, her investigation becomes clouded by the unfinished business of a previous case as well as a growing desire to see more of the world, following in the footsteps of her former mentor, Maurice Blanche. And there is her lover, James Compton, who gives her an ultimatum she cannot ignore. I have enjoyed this character for 10 years. I don't want to create any spoilers, but this book marks a pronounced turning point in this wonderful series. As always, I recommend starting a series at the beginning with the first book "Maisie Dobbs". Ms. Winspear has created a complex and delightful protagonist. I love series that engage you as much with the character as with the story. Recommend highly

Aug 13, 2013

I love the Maisie Dobbs series! I would recommend reading them in order. I am disappointed that I have to wait till 2015 to find out what happens to Maisie next.

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DanniOcean Apr 25, 2013

Maisie Dobbs has come a long way from her start as a kitchen maid in a large country estate. Given a formal education, she lied about her age and enlisted as a nurse in WWI. She got wounded, lost her first love, and was mentored by a man to whom world leaders turned for advice. She opened and ran a successful private investigation firm, was left a fortune by her mentor, and is close to becoming the mistress of the same country estate where she was a kitchen maid, through her relationship with the family’s son. This may make Miss Maisie Dobb seem a very ambitious woman, but she is far from ruthless in her ambition. In fact, Maisie Dobbs is probably one of the most compassionate detectives ever penned. Her inability to bring a murderer to justice in her last case weighs heavily on her – the murderer is a man who holds a key to keeping the rising threat of Germany at bay. This, combined with her current case involving the deaths of two Indian women, bring her to the brink of a decision that will change her future. When an Indian woman is found in a canal, having been shot between the eyes, Scotland Yard allows the case to slide for months until the young woman’s brother comes to England. He had served England in WWI himself but this passes no muster with the local police, so he visits Maisie Dobbs. As Maisie investigates she finds that the woman, Usha, had a special gift; courageous and unafraid – even in a foreign country where the colour of her skin and the bright softness of her sari is regarded with suspicion – Usha used her knowledge of exotic herbs and spices to ease the pain of those others would shun. Is this the reason someone chose to shoot her, afraid of her very courage? Then why shoot – in the exact same manner – her friend Maya, a homesick former ayah with no such talent? In the course of her investigation, Maisie encounters blatant racism, underhanded exploitation, dubious alternative churches, the continuing influence of shell-shock, and the lasting effects of domestic abuse. But she also encounters resilience, indomitable human spirits, true love and kindness, even as she prepares to make a life-altering choice that will affect everyone around her. Those familiar with the Maisie Dobbs series will find Leaving Everything Most Loved a hugely satisfactory addition that will have audiences eagerly anticipating her next novel, which is sure to be the most adventurous yet; I would recommend new readers for the series to start with the first novel, simply called Maisie Dobbs, to get a better sense of her back story, before moving on to any of the others.

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