Book Review: The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear


Book 7 of the Maisie Dobbs series finds our heroine tasked with finding the lost love of an American cartographer, Michael Clifton, who was killed during the war. There’s an estate to settle, and trouble back in the States trying to get things sorted out; it seems Mr. Clifton bought some property in California, and the deed cannot be found.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Of course, if you’re familiar with Maisie Dobbs at all, you know that it’s never that simple. A cursory examination of Mr. Clifton’s autopsy shows Maisie (and the medical examiner) that Clifton was, in fact, murdered, and not killed in an artillery attack. Then, his parents are assaulted at their London hotel, and Maisie herself is attacked. Not just a simple case of find-the-lost-love at all.

Add to this the ever-worsening health of Maurice Blanche, Maisie’s mentor and friend, and a new love for Maisie (can’t say more about that without spoilers, unfortunately), and you’ve got Jacqueline Winspear’s typical formula for a Maisie Dobbs novel. Gripping plot with multiple twists (including one interesting addition that happens after the case is really closed), tremendous character development (looks like we’ll get to see how Maisie functions without Dr. Blanche in the next novel) — all of this is what I’ve come to expect whenever I crack open a Maisie Dobbs novel, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with book 7.

And things look VERY interesting for book 8 and beyond ….

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