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  • Title: The Mapping of Love and Death
  • Author: Jacqueline Winspear
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  • Alexander McCall Smith Talks with Jacqueline Winspear Characters, once created, have a way of staying on Maisie is an attractive character when did she say to you, I want a series Jacqueline Winspear As I was writing the first novel in the series, Maisie Dobbs , I realized that scenes and ideas were coming to me that were not part of the book I started keeping nAlexander McCall Smith Talks with Jacqueline Winspear Characters, once created, have a way of staying on Maisie is an attractive character when did she say to you, I want a series Jacqueline Winspear As I was writing the first novel in the series, Maisie Dobbs , I realized that scenes and ideas were coming to me that were not part of the book I started keeping notes on those other scenes, passages of dialogue and so on, and when I had finished Maisie Dobbs , I went through those notes and realized I had rough plans for another five or six books Indeed, as I was writing the second book in the series, Birds of a Feather , I really had to push any thoughts of the intended third novel from my mind, so strong were the images for Pardonable Lies that kept popping into my mind s eye I had to be very disciplined not to be distracted by those images it was rather like being nagged by one s own characters.Smith Maisie Dobbs is firmly placed in the past Would you be comfortable writing about contemporary Britain Jacqueline Winspear That s a very good question, and indeed, I have a contemporary novel on the proverbial back burner However, although I visit my parents in Sussex many several times each year, for me there is a certain detachment from everyday life in the UK I am not as familiar with various aspects of life there, so it might be difficult to get that ring of authenticity On the other hand, one could argue that the lack of transparency could act in my favor, because I now take notice of so many things that might have passed me by I believe one of the reasons I am so comfortable writing about the past is that when I was a child we lived in a small hamlet with very few children, so it was a world of adults, many of them elderly, and all of them ready to tell a story of their own youth I have always been drawn to the past through family history, a curiosity that has its roots in my grandfather s experience in the Great War he was wounded and shell shocked at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 Even as a very young child I understood the extent of his suffering and struggled to fathom how something so terrible could happen to a beloved grandparent And I am sure my interest in the women of that generation the first generation of women to go to war in modern times is rooted in memories of the ladies of a certain age who lived in our neighborhood as I was growing up They were typical of that generation, very independent women who had remained single due to circumstance, for the men they might have married had been lost to war So, to the question of writing about contemporary Britain I think I ll find out about my level of comfort with modern times when I pull that contemporary novel off the back burner In the meantime, there s so much that I want to explore from the past, though when I immerse myself in the preparatory research for my books, I am always reminded of the old adage history repeats itself Smith You and I both started as novelists rather later than is perhaps usual Is that a good thing or a bad thing Winspear When I was sixteen I rather precociously announced that I would write my first novel by the time I was thirty it seemed such a formidable age of adulthood, I suppose Of course, thirty came and went with no novel to show for it, and in the meantime I was becoming and interested in nonfiction writing I was in my late thirties by the time I made a real commitment to getting my work published, and I concentrated on essays, articles and other creative nonfiction I believe my writing at that time represented something of an apprenticeship in that I was really working at the craft of writing, of building my understanding of framing a scene, of bringing the reader along with metaphor, and with developing scenes that were something like the literary equivalent of a zoom lens on the camera I was trying to find out what worked in terms of drawing the reader in and placing them at the center of the action Though I had no plans to write a novel until the idea for Maisie Dobbs actually came to me, upon reflection it seems as if I had been preparing for the task with my literary cross training in the same way that an athlete prepares for the big event I believe the journey to becoming a writer is one that is very personal to the individual and is neither good or bad it s just what it is There are times when I think it would have been so much fun to have started writing fiction earlier, but had that happened, the stars might not have aligned to bring the character of Maisie Dobbs into my life And I think that in embarking upon being novelists in our middle years, we ve probably both brought something to our work that we might not have been able to offer in younger days, either due to other responsibilities, or simply who we were at the time though having said that, I am sure your readers wish the wonderful Precious Ramotswe had been created many years before you decided to write The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Smith Have you written anything about Maisie that you would like to unwrite Winspear No, not at all, although I should add that I have never gone back and re read any of my books, a prospect I find rather daunting Of course, I dip back into the books to check a point here and there, but I have never read the books from beginning to end if I had done so, I might have a whole list of things that cause me to shudder.Smith Do you think that transplanting oneself in your case from the UK to California helps one as a writer Winspear Another very good question Many years ago, during a visit to New York, I went along to an exhibit at the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue it was called Writers in Exile The focus was on writers who lived in a place other than the land of their birth, by will, or by compunction I spent ages going around the exhibit taking copious notes, and remember it left me with a real sense of the power of being transplanted, whether by one s own choice, or by circumstance and I have to say, I often think of it when people ask me if being here in California contributes to my work as a writer and it does To give an example, I can immerse myself in the time and place about which I write Britain from the Great War on up to the 1930s and I am not distracted by British life as it is today Yes, of course, there is contemporary life here in California, but it is different the way people speak, interact, shop, travel, work, etc so I can draw a firm line between life here and the world about which I write I should confess that one of my recent challenges came when I started writing The Mapping of Love and Death The opening is set in California in 1914, so I had to ensure that my knowledge of that region today did not seep into the story To that end I immersed myself in old books about the region, and managed to procure some vintage photographs to pin on the wall so that the past was very much with me as I wrote When I write, the time and place of my imagination becomes very distilled, very sharp in my mind s eye In terms of the series featuring Maisie Dobbs, it has definitely helped to be living here when I sit down at my desk to write, I step from my world into her world, and I m aware of nothing else until I stop writing And when I drag myself back from a morning spent in the smog enveloped London of the 1930s, it s not bad to be able to walk outside into the garden and warm my bones in the California sun for a while.
    The Mapping of Love and Death Alexander McCall Smith Talks with Jacqueline Winspear Characters once created have a way of staying on Maisie is an attractive character when did she say to you I want a series Jacqueline Winspear

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    1. The best yet of this series Why PBS doesn t make this into a series is beyond me The writing is tight, the period detail authentic and the stories always compelling In this book number 7 in the series, Maisie Dobbs is on the trail of an what happened to an American cartographer who joined British forces in World War I He was declared MIA but recently his remains were found but war wounds were not the cause of his death Maisie is hired by his family to get to the bottom of the mystery and also fi [...]

    2. I enjoyed this seventh outing into the life of Maisie Dobbs The author continues to make Maisie a sympathetic character and at last she has begun a new romantic attachment In fact she is beginning a whole new life as the equivalent of the lottery has just landed in her lap It will be very interesting to see where the author takes us from here As in all of the books so far we see and learn lots about the post war period, how people lived and how they overcame the terrible traumas they had been t [...]

    3. Rating Clarification 4.5 StarsThis installment in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series was good Seriously good Easily my new favorite after the debut novel I enjoyed the mystery, the direction Maisie is taking in her life, and the surprising twist that happened at the book s end I cannot wait to find out how Maisie and Billy Beal s professional and personal lives will be changed by this twist And for the first time, Maisie didn t grate on my nerves Has Winspear written her sympathetically, or have I [...]

    4. Time calls the Maisie Dobbs Detective series, A detective series to savor I have read almost all of them and love Jacqueline Winspear s ability to draw the reader into her world It is August, 1914 and Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in Santa Ynez valley in California He is almost certain that a great reserve of oil lies beneath As he is prepared to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe he puts duty first and sails for Britain to enlist Three years later, he i [...]

    5. I turn to the Maisie Dobbs series when I need that tone of quiet understanding, that perfect balance of empathy and rationality I think I kind of want to grow up to be Maisie Dobbs, if that makes sense for an adult to say She unwinds crimes that are braided into people s lives these are not cases of jewelry snatch n grabs, where relationships exist only to provide suspects with Winspear, it s the relationships that drive the crimes And Maisie s priority is in healing the wounded hearts than nec [...]

    6. Another enjoyable entry in the Maisie Dobbs series Rather than enumerate the plot details which are available above, let me say that this novel brings Maisie to a new point in her life It closes out all aspects of her youth and allows her to move fully into adulthood At last she knows her place in the world That brings with it concerns and questions to be answered in later sequels.While some of the plot issues may have been solved a bit easily and obviously, I found I didn t mind at all I enjoy [...]

    7. If you enjoy British mysteries, then THE MAPPING OF LOVE AND DEATH is for you Jacqueline Winspear creates a heroine in Maisie Dobbs who has a strong moral code, and she s every bit the three dimensional character that springs to life in well written prose It s hard not to get behind her and root for her every step of the way.While I appreciated the writing, the prose felt long and drawn out, the dialogue often turning into monologues instead of having the immediate punch of a soliloquy And I ha [...]

    8. It s 1932, Maisie Dobbs third year in business as an inquiry agent That s British for private detective As usual, Maisie s life is complicated Her assistant, Billy Beale, is working shorter hours to care for his wife, who has just been released from a mental asylum Maisie s beloved mentor and former employer, Dr Maurice Blanche, is in declining health And two attractive, wealthy men are pursuing her despite her reluctance to take time away from her work Her agency is doing well even in the Depre [...]

    9. I really enjoy these books A solid 4 1 2 stars from me This is the 7th one in the series I ve always liked the books but this one kept me riveted I don t know if they are getting better or if I am just so comfortable with the characters now that it is like being with family I wish I could be as smart as Maisie the mysteries that she solves always keep me guessing until the very end.

    10. Seventh in the Maisie Dobbs historical mystery series and revolving around Maisie, a young woman who rose from the servant class to be a psychologist and investigator This story is set in April 1932 in London.My TakeOh My God This story is such a mess of emotion, from the loss of such a promising life, the death of someone important to so many, and the promise of the most amazing future with possibilities in romance, Maisie s work, and her future.I am most grateful to Winspear for how she ended [...]

    11. By installment 7 of this series, I have definitely established a long standing relationship with Maisie Dobbs a relationship that will continue to the end of the series which is currently at 14 so several to go and I am indeed happy in that regard Time with Maisie and friends is indeed a special bookish treat.

    12. The seventh outing for Maisie Dobbs, and Winspear has written another stunner It is 1932 and Maisie is approached by an elderly American couple Edward and Martha Clifford who have just arrived from France, where their son, Michael s remains were found with the rest of his unit in a shelled out shelter Michael was a cartographer and thus essential to the war effort, however, the pathologist report into his death indicates that the injuries from the shelling occured after his death and that the pr [...]

    13. I love Maisie Dobbs And, until this book, I d loved all the stories in this mystery series The book wasn t bad, mind you, and provided lots of interesting details about the mapping of war.The Mapping of Love DeathBut there were just a couple too many coincidences that advanced the solving of the mystery to suit me Maisie s friend just happened to try to match make her at dinner with a man who just happened to know a guy who made films of the troops in WWI and who just happened to have filmed a c [...]

    14. I love these books and they get better with each one They are so well written that it s a pleasure to read one of Maisie s adventures I love that there is always so much character growth in each book This was a very easy to read story and I enjoyed the cartography aspect that was a part of this story I always love how there are current events mixed with flashbacks and old events Can t wait to see what happens next

    15. Thoughtful, dense, worthy of contemplation A good series, not action packed but with fully fleshed plots.

    16. I am with those who believe that the PBS Masterpiece series would do well to create a new series based on the Maisie Dobbs novels, of which this is one of the latest These are historical fiction, excellently written, that happen in the time between the world wars in and around London, England They address with deep compassion many of the faults of human beings and our societies, while along the way telling a wonderful and often suspenseful mystery story with an intriguing main character who is a [...]

    17. The Mapping of Love and Death is the seventh book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British born American author, Jacqueline Winspear Psychologist and investigator, Maisie Dobbs is engaged by a Boston couple, Edward and Martha Clifton, whose youngest son, Michael, died in the trenches in France in 1917 Not until fifteen years later were his remains found, and with them, letters from an English Nurse Michael was a cartographer who had just spent part of his inheritance on land in California that he f [...]

    18. As ever, Winspear weaves a great tale and I find myself regretting it s over It is the rare author who can so easily bring the reader into the world of their characters Winspear is such an author, each book I pick up only takes a few lines to draw me into 1930s London Maisie Dobbs is a fantastic character and she continues to evolve.In this book, Maisie is engaged to find out what happened to a young American who served with the British Army during the Great War His remains were recently found a [...]

    19. I have read all the installments in the Maisie Dobbs series and find them compelling but weighed down by the sad, grim, heavy atmosphere of the events and repercussions of World War I Though in this book an American man dies in the trenches with the Brits, his death, proved to be by murder rather than a casualty of the fighting, has less to do with the war than with personal resentment and greed I found the motivation of the murderer did he or didn t he intend to kill the victim to be a little s [...]

    20. Maisie Dobbs is the best read when one is in recovery Maisie gets a job to fine the love interest of a young man who died in the trenches in WWI His family has some letters from her but no idea of her identity During the investigation Maisie finds a surprise about the way he died He was a cartographer of an former English family who volunteered for the British from California His cartography skills were useful in the war This brings back memories for Maisie of her love from that time She finds h [...]

    21. Another enjoyable Maisie Dobbs mystery What I like most about this series is that it s a calm, methodical, non thriller type of story, where you re not subject to sleepless nights during the reading, but you can enjoy the atmospheric journey on which the story takes you Maisie is a detective heroine that evokes empathy and admiration of her intelligence, and for me, at least, makes me wish I could be like she is when facing problems I would suggest reading the books in order, because of the dev [...]

    22. When reading a good series, it s hard not to be invested in the characters This installment of the Maisie Dobbs series is the best so far Winspear injects this story with the timeless emotions of love and loss as well as, the emotions of the time period Each installment of this series gives you a taste and well researched view of a pivital time in our world history and the major changes that took place between the world wars.

    23. Really enjoyed this Maisie Dobbs mystery Set in post WWI England, Maisie Dobbs is an intelligent young single woman who is discovering herself at the center of a world completely changed by war Winspear does a remarkable job of placing the reader right in the middle of this time period Highly recommended.

    24. The Maisie Dobbs series has been a good tea cozy addition to my mystery library I enjoy the historical period detail and the insights into the time between WWI and WWII in England And Maisie is a good character an independent woman in 1930 s England These books aren t deep but they are a good read.

    25. I love this series I look forward to reading the Maisie books and am always a little sad when I am done The Mapping of Love and Death definitely doesn t disappoint I am very much looking forward to the next installment

    26. Another excellent Maisie Dobbs novel I love the historical background London in the early 1930s of the series and Maisie is a very believable character She s not the typical detective, but rather an investigator and psychologist For me this is historical crime fiction at its best

    27. I can t wait Love this series.I adore this series This book was no exception Another great story and writing from Jacqueline Winspear She is true to the characters I can t wait to read the next one to see where she will take my friends.

    28. These stories keep getting better and better How does Winspear offer life lessons from the story of a pre WWII English woman for a 2014 Southern woman

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