Elegy for Eddie

Elegy for Eddie

eBook - 2012
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Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler that will take her from the working-class neighborhoods of her childhood into London's highest circles of power. Set in London between the two world wars.
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062049599
0062049593
Characteristics: 1 online resource (335 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Dec 29, 2016

(review as posted to Goodreads, user name Joan, from Stratford Ont.)

This is a good story, mixed with typical Maisie self-obsession (why does the author do this to the character?). Maisie does make some progress in overcoming her impulse to fix everyone's life, so maybe things will improve -- but I won't count on it. I'm giving this book four stars, which is 3-3.5 stars for the story itself and another half or even whole star for the brilliant, troubling, and eerily timely conversation near the end, where the person indirectly responsible for what happened tells his story.

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marthabwaters
Nov 15, 2015

This was yet another solid Maisie Dobbs mystery. Winspear, like in the previous installment, weaves together a mystery with the looming geopolitical issues that will eventually lead to World War II, with satisfying results. She also allowed for some criticism of her protagonist and the reasons for some of her actions by other characters, which I found refreshing, and other readers who are occasionally frustrated with Maisie will probably find this similarly satisfying. The slow pace of developments in Maisie's personal life was, as always, a bit frustrating, but I was left at the end of the book eager to read the next installment.

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behere
Jul 19, 2015

This book in the series did not hold my attention as much as some of the others. At the wrap-up time at the end of her solving a mystery I did not see what happened to documents she made sure were saved in a safe. Maybe will be addressed in the next book?
It is interesting to see Maisie adapt to her new wealth and having to restrain herself from imposing her help on others.

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dmrc155
Aug 30, 2013

Another wonderful Maisie Dobbs book. Part mystery and part historical fiction about the time between WW1 and WW2.

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Suzanne1979
Jun 01, 2013

Excellent series. Have loved all of the books in the Massie Dobbs series.

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hmcgivney
Dec 04, 2012

I really enjoy Maisie Dobbs and the growth of her character, though some of her personal decisions and her relationships with others (particularly the interactions between Maisie and James) seem stilted and artificial. I really enjoy the characters' continuing struggle to put WWI to rest, and in this book WWII is starting to seem inevitable. I know that these are labeled as mysteries, but I think that my interest in the mystery is secondary to the characters.

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Roundcat
Jun 28, 2012

Another sterling book by Winspear. She has successfully moved Maisie forward in history and in her relationships with the other characters in the series. The mystery was well solved and had a surprise near the end--always a satisfying development.

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shapjul
Jun 21, 2012

I have now listened to all of the Masie Dobbs mysteries--in order. The reader (who is the same throughout all the books) is excellent--I have gotten to know the characters through her portrayals. I'm not sure this is the strongest one in terms of plotting, but Masie continues to develop and once you are engaged with her life, the mysteries become somewhat less important anyway.

I don't think it would be a terrific idea to make this one the first Masie Dobbs you read or listen to, but if you've read the rest you should enjoy this.

mrsgail5756 Jun 08, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes May 03, 2012

Glad I put my hold on the LP. Didn't have to wait nearly as long :) The mystery in this one isn't as good as previous novels but there's more character development. Made me kinda melancholy to read this.

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behere
Jul 19, 2015

Maurice Blanche had mentored her to spend time with the dead if at all possible. (he) had taught Maisie that the dead had secrets to reveal, if only one has the vision to see them. p 62

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behere
Jul 19, 2015

Some things you just can't change – about people or things, or the way of the world. And some are not yours to change. p 261

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