The Mapping of Love and Deathby Winspear, Jacqueline
In the mid-1930s the world has moved on from the horrors of World War I but when the remains of the men of a war cartography unit are unearthed in France, it becomes evident that one of the men, an American, did not die in the shelling but had been murdered. His family requests the help of Maisie Dobbs, female "inquiry agent," in investigating what happened to him and what became of the woman whose love letters were found with the remains. Meanwhile, Maisie faces changes in her own life when her mentor, Maurice Blanche, becomes seriously ill and romance enters her life again when an old friend returns from overseas.
This is the 7th in Jacqueline Winspear's series about Maisie Dobbs, an intrepid young woman who has made a life for herself as a private investigator in post-World War I London. This entry in the series has a more measured pace than previous titles but the characterization and details of time and place are intricately drawn and the story is compelling as always. Readers who liked Justice Hall, one of Laurie King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mysteries, may also like the Maisie Dobbs series as they both paint a vivid picture of life in England between the wars.
Reviewed by nk, 07/10. Other reviews by nk. Have you read this book? Tell us what you think!