On Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30pm, Patten Free Library’s book group will discuss Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Published in 2003, the book is the first title in the bestselling mystery series that went on to become one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Mysteries of 2003, an Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel 2003, and the Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel 2003. Maisie Dobbs received starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2003.
Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, began her working life at the age of thirteen as a servant in a Belgravia mansion, only to be discovered reading in the library by her employer, Lady Rowan Compton. Fearing dismissal, Maisie is shocked when she discovers that her thirst for education is to be supported by Lady Rowan and a family friend, Dr. Maurice Blanche. But The Great War intervenes in Maisie’s plans, and soon after commencement of her studies at Girton College, Cambridge, Maisie enlists for nursing service overseas.
Years later, in 1929, having apprenticed to the renowned Maurice Blanche, a man revered for his work with Scotland Yard, Maisie sets up her own business. Her first assignment, a seemingly tedious inquiry involving a case of suspected infidelity, takes her not only on the trail of a killer, but back to the war she had tried so hard to forget.
The book group meets at 6:30pm the second Wednesday of each month. For the complete reading list, go to www.patten.lib.me.us or pick up a copy at the library.