Maisie Dobbs - RAY BOOK

by Jacqueline Winspear | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0719566223 Global Overview for this book
Registered by WistfulDragon of Streatham, Greater London United Kingdom on 4/18/2006
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by WistfulDragon from Streatham, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Different cover to that shown.

"Introducing the extraordinary Maisie Dobbs, private investigator in 1920s London. Her first case combines a gripping investigation with a moving portrait of love and war. It marks the beginning of a wonderful new detective series."

It certainly does! I bought it today, have read three quarters of it already, and think it is definitely worthy of a ring. You meet Maisie Dobbs early on and see her through other eyes, are terribly impressed by her (well, I was) but wonder how this incredible person came to be. Then you find out - wonderful! Then back to the case - intriguing! Ill be looking out for the next one, Birds of a Feather, but in the meantime, those who sign up - enjoy!

Journal Entry 2 by WistfulDragon from Streatham, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Ray members are:

Vespa
Candy-is-Dandy
Kitkat8
Decembermum
Calallily
Purplerosebud
Katisha50
Clarrie-Rose
Starry-Starry
Angellica
Vauxhallcrosser

This has turned into a spiral, as I loved the book so much I immediately bought the sequel. I shall send both together to Vespa, but after that they can be sent together or separately, whatever the latest reader decides.

Hope you all enjoy the books as much as I have!

Journal Entry 3 by Vespa from Weymouth, Dorset United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Arrived safely this morning

Journal Entry 4 by Vespa from Weymouth, Dorset United Kingdom on Sunday, April 30, 2006
Absolutely gripping - I quite agree :-) I too read most of this in one day as I was quickly drawn into Maisie's life. I loved the way the book skipped back 10 years in the middle just to give you a bit more insight into Maisie and what made her like she is. Usually I find it irritating to go backwards in the middle of a plot, but this just sort of worked.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am starting the next one right now, I shall also be on the lookout for the third book.
Thanks to Wistful for sharing. I will post this out later this week to the next player - if I read the second book as quickly as the first they will go onwards together

Journal Entry 5 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, May 18, 2006
Received from Vespa - look forward to reading this book - everyone so far (well, 2 of you) seem to have really enjoyed it.

Journal Entry 6 by wingcandy-is-dandywing from Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
A lovely book though I thought it started better than it finished. I enjoyed the investigative bits and, though it would have been a nice story seperately, I found the long flashbacks to recount Maisie's history, rather too much. I guess the next book(s) will have more of the detective bits and that the first book is setting the scene.

Maisie is very likeable though perhaps her rise from domestic servant to university graduate is rather unlikely.

Good historical detail and descriptions of London - would have liked more of that.

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Off to Kitkat8

Journal Entry 8 by riverwillow from Beckenham, Kent United Kingdom on Thursday, June 22, 2006
Book arrived yesterday, thank you very much, but I was in a hurry and thought it was an order I had made through Amazon marketplace - yes I buy too many books - so I've only just opened up the parcel. Have a couple of other rings ahead of this one, but am really looking forward to reading this one so it may jump the queue!

Journal Entry 9 by riverwillow from Beckenham, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Thank you Wistful Dragon as I really enjoyed reading this book. Maisie is an incredible character and I found the flashbacks, especially those to WWI, insightful and moving. I'm moving straight on to 'Birds of a Feather and am trying to resist book 3 on Amazon! I'll send both books onto Decembermum.

Journal Entry 10 by Decembermum from Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Arrived safely. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 11 by Decembermum from Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I really enjoyed this, Maisie is a very likeable character and the plot was well thought out. The description of life in the trenches was really evocative and the ending very poignant and bitter-sweet.

I look forward to reading more about Maisie.

Journal Entry 12 by calalilly from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Saturday, November 18, 2006
Received in the post this morning, thank you Decembermum. I'm in the middle of another book at the moment but looking forward to starting this one.

Journal Entry 13 by calalilly from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Really enjoyable book, one I didn't want to put down once I'd started it. I liked the way it went back into her past so as you got to know her earlier life. Can't wait to start reading the next in the series. A definite to watch out for further books in the future. Will be passing onto Purplerosebud when I've read Birds of a Feather.

Journal Entry 14 by purplerosebud from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Picked up from calalilly this evening. After reading the journal entries I am really looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 15 by purplerosebud from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, December 25, 2006
An enjoyable read. Nice characters which draw you in to the story and I found the references to WW1 very thought provoking. There were parts of the book that I thought rather improbable but it was quite different to anything else I have read recently and I look forward to reading Birds of a Feather.

I will send it on to Katisha50 as soon as I have her address.


Journal Entry 16 by wingKatisha50wing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, December 30, 2006
Received from PurpleRosebud this morning. Will get to it as soon as I can (2 ring books yet to read!).

Journal Entry 17 by wingKatisha50wing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, January 05, 2007
Have been ill in bed for the last few days, so really caught up with the reading.

I enjoyed this book very much, Maisie is such a well-drawn character and the historical aspects added verisimilitude (no, not showing off - it's the best word in The Mikado which, obviously, I know off by heart!).

PMing clarrie-rose for her address now.

Journal Entry 18 by BC-08080413432 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, January 26, 2007
Received today and am really looking forward to reading it - thanks!

Journal Entry 19 by BC-08080413432 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, February 03, 2007
I was excited about reading this. A lady detective in 1920s London – there are lots of my favourite things in there, what could be better? Unfortunately, it seems I am the party pooper of the ray because I was disappointed with this book. I just thought it was quite clunkily written and I never really believed in any of the characters (Maurice in particular failed to convince me). I also thought the plot didn't quite hang together properly, especially as the mystery was being revealed.
I hate writing bad reviews on bookcrossing!

I will contact Starry-Starry for her address and try to get it sent off next week.

Journal Entry 20 by BC-08080413432 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, February 09, 2007
Sent off to Starry-starry today.

Journal Entry 21 by Starry-Starry from Llandrindod Wells, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
This has arrived just at the right time as I've been wondering what to read next - thanks clarrie-rose.

Journal Entry 22 by Starry-Starry from Llandrindod Wells, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I have to agree with clarrie-rose, I thought the premise was great, but the book didn't live up to expectations for me. I thought the dialogue was stilted and the characters, with the exception of Maisie herself, were not much more than stereotypes. What I did enjoy though was the description of Maisie's life as a nurse and I think I would have preferred the story if the middle section had been fleshed out and the 'mystery', such as it was, dropped.

I am prepared to give Birds of a Feather (which I bought the other day) a go though, to see if this one is suffering a bit from 'first in the series' syndrome. Despite all I've said I did like Maisie.

Thanks for sharing Wistful. I'll PM Angellica and send it on as soon I have her address.

17th March 2007
Angellica asked to be skipped so this is on its way to Vauxhallcrosser

Journal Entry 23 by VauxhallCrosser from Redbridge, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Received today, thanks Starry. It's currently third on my list to read after the two ring books that turned up at the same time, never rains....
I'll read, journal and return to the dragon lady as soon as I can.

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