Leaving Everything Most Loved
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London, 1933. Some two months after an Indian woman, Usha Pramal, is found murdered in the brackish water of a south-London canal, her brother, newly arrived in England, turns to Maisie Dobbs to find the truth about her death. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, but evidence indicates they failed to conduct a full and thorough investigation.
Before her death, Usha was staying at the Ayah’s Hostel, a refuge for Indian women whose British employers had turned them out, penniless and far from home once their services were no longer needed. As Maisie learns, Usha was different from the hostel’s other lodgers. But with this discovery comes new danger—soon another Indian woman who was close to Usha is found murdered before she can talk to Maisie.
As Maisie is pulled deeper into an unfamiliar yet alluring subculture, her investigation becomes clouded by the unfinished business of a previous case, and by a growing desire to see more of the world by following in the footsteps of her former mentor, Maurice Blanche. At the same time, her lover, James Compton, gives her an ultimatum she cannot ignore.
What The Critics Said
'A crime story to make you think about wider issues'
'As a private investigator, Maisie Dobbs is way out of the ordinary. In the years after the Great War the odds are stacked high against making her way in a man’s world. But blessed with determination and a sharp analytical brain, she earns the grudging respect of her male rivals... It all adds up to a chunky slice of life with rich, if not all wholesome, ingredients... Will she be back [in a next book]? I most fervently hope so.'
'Maisie's interest in understanding the motivation of people's actions makes this a much more interesting read than a pure mystery solving... Jacqueline Winspear reminds me of classic crime novelists such as Barbara Pym and Josephine Tey but also modern authors such as Sophie Hannah in her interest in the psychology of the crime and its participants. The author always provides a good read, but an interesting one and I always learn something new - but never feel that she is showing her knowledge off.'
'Maisie Dobbs is a persuasive and engaging heroine and Winspear offers a satisfyingly complex murder and mystery'
Good Book Guide
'Bringing a crucial chapter in the life and times of Maisie Dobbs to a close, LEAVING EVERYTHING MOST LOVED marks a pivotal moment in this remarkable series.'
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