Elegy for Eddie - Jacqueline Winspear

Elegy for Eddie

By Jacqueline Winspear

  • Release Date: 2012-03-27
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 136 Ratings

Description

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.

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Reviews

  • More romance novel than mystery/thriller

    4
    By Sommersboy
    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

    5
    By Patty from Maine
    I have one very important way to tell that I have found a book series worth continuing, that is when I can feel a personal and visceral connection to both the protagonist and the author. In the Maisie Dobbs series I have found that connection. Maisie has become my hero, my conscience, and my friend and Jacqueline Winspear has become my new favorite author! For me, this series has been both a history lesson and a profound personal experience as I follow Ms. Winspear's weaving of her own life philosophy with Maisie's somewhat Victorian views of human nature. The journey through all of the Maisie Dobbs books has been exciting, heartwarming, provocative and insightful - all required elements in a beautiful reading experience. Elegy for Eddie has been no different - the only disappointment with this latest novel is that it had to end. I wait, impatiently, for another installment in the saga and I can't wait to see how Maisie survives, along with the rest of the cast, the horror that was WWII. Thank you Ms. Winspear for bringing Maisie to life - you are a gifted writer!!
  • Snooze

    2
    By Ashley Levanway Brown
    Love this series, but this book was just not that interesting. It seemed like outtakes.
  • Eulogy For Eddy

    4
    By Marlaine Keenan
    As with the entire Maisie Dobbs series, another adventure incorporating history, lifestyles, family, and relationships. Can't wait for the next and the next and the next...
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