Elegy for Eddie

Elegy for Eddie

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Book - 2012
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Early April, 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—peddlers selling fruit and vegetables on the streets of London—Eddie Pettit was kindness itself. A little "slow", he was a gentle soul, more boy than man, with a gift for calming the most challenging horse. His recent death in a violent accident has shocked his friends and neighbors. They believe Eddie was the victim of foul play, but the police won't investigate. Their only hope of finding the truth is Maisie Dobbs. Maisie has known these men from childhood when her father, Frankie, worked alongside them. Determined to do right by Eddie, she plunges into the investigation. The search for answers begins amid the working-class streets of Lambeth, where Eddie lived. But before long, Maisie is following threads of intrigue to a powerful press baron, a "has been" politician lingering in the hinterlands of power named Winston Churchill, and to the doorstep of a writer who is also the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062049575
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 29, 2016

(review as posted to Goodreads, user name Joan, from Stratford Ont.)

This is a good story, mixed with typical Maisie self-obsession (why does the author do this to the character?). Maisie does make some progress in overcoming her impulse to fix everyone's life, so maybe things will improve -- but I won't count on it. I'm giving this book four stars, which is 3-3.5 stars for the story itself and another half or even whole star for the brilliant, troubling, and eerily timely conversation near the end, where the person indirectly responsible for what happened tells his story.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Nov 15, 2015

This was yet another solid Maisie Dobbs mystery. Winspear, like in the previous installment, weaves together a mystery with the looming geopolitical issues that will eventually lead to World War II, with satisfying results. She also allowed for some criticism of her protagonist and the reasons for some of her actions by other characters, which I found refreshing, and other readers who are occasionally frustrated with Maisie will probably find this similarly satisfying. The slow pace of developments in Maisie's personal life was, as always, a bit frustrating, but I was left at the end of the book eager to read the next installment.

Jul 19, 2015

This book in the series did not hold my attention as much as some of the others. At the wrap-up time at the end of her solving a mystery I did not see what happened to documents she made sure were saved in a safe. Maybe will be addressed in the next book?
It is interesting to see Maisie adapt to her new wealth and having to restrain herself from imposing her help on others.

Aug 30, 2013

Another wonderful Maisie Dobbs book. Part mystery and part historical fiction about the time between WW1 and WW2.

Jun 01, 2013

Excellent series. Have loved all of the books in the Massie Dobbs series.

Dec 04, 2012

I really enjoy Maisie Dobbs and the growth of her character, though some of her personal decisions and her relationships with others (particularly the interactions between Maisie and James) seem stilted and artificial. I really enjoy the characters' continuing struggle to put WWI to rest, and in this book WWII is starting to seem inevitable. I know that these are labeled as mysteries, but I think that my interest in the mystery is secondary to the characters.

Jun 28, 2012

Another sterling book by Winspear. She has successfully moved Maisie forward in history and in her relationships with the other characters in the series. The mystery was well solved and had a surprise near the end--always a satisfying development.

Jun 21, 2012

I have now listened to all of the Masie Dobbs mysteries--in order. The reader (who is the same throughout all the books) is excellent--I have gotten to know the characters through her portrayals. I'm not sure this is the strongest one in terms of plotting, but Masie continues to develop and once you are engaged with her life, the mysteries become somewhat less important anyway.

I don't think it would be a terrific idea to make this one the first Masie Dobbs you read or listen to, but if you've read the rest you should enjoy this.

mrsgail5756 Jun 08, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes May 03, 2012

Glad I put my hold on the LP. Didn't have to wait nearly as long :) The mystery in this one isn't as good as previous novels but there's more character development. Made me kinda melancholy to read this.

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Jul 19, 2015

Maurice Blanche had mentored her to spend time with the dead if at all possible. (he) had taught Maisie that the dead had secrets to reveal, if only one has the vision to see them. p 62

Jul 19, 2015

Some things you just can't change – about people or things, or the way of the world. And some are not yours to change. p 261


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