Among the Mad – A Maisie Dobbs Novel By Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie is a spunky, reliable private detective who is solving crime in the 1930s. She has been a nurse during the Great War and is trained in psychology. You can see where her train of thought and compassion comes from. She is working in a man’s world where she constantly has to prove herself, if not exceed, her peers professionally. She does this without rubbing noses in or burning bras. At the start of Among the Mad, Maisie witnesses a suicide on a London street and is named in a note that is delivered to Scotland Yard. Naturally she is questioned and then recruited to help the Special Branch. Well it wouldn’t be much of a story otherwise. Fast read and enjoyable characters help this book flow. There is a side story including her assistant’s wife who is dealing with depression and how this was handled in the 30s – not pretty stuff but quite interesting.

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