Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

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30 Critic Reviews

...newcomers will enjoy the exploration of class-bound Britain between the wars, and fans will relish the continued development of Maisie’s complicated character.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

In this latest entry in Jacqueline Winspear’s acclaimed, bestselling mystery series—“less whodunits than why-dunits, more P.D. James than Agatha Christie” (USA Today)—Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler that will take her from the working-class neighborhoods of her childhood into London’s highest circles of power. Perfect for fans of A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, or other Maisie Dobbs mysteries—and an ideal place for new readers to enter the series—Elegy for Eddie is an incomparable work of intrigue and ingenuity, full of intimate descriptions and beautifully painted scenes from between the World Wars, from one of the most highly acclaimed masters of mystery, Jacqueline Winspear.
 

About Jacqueline Winspear

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Jacqueline Winspear is the author of An Incomplete Revenge—a New York Times bestseller—and four other Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Harper. 467 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 30 | Positive: 24 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 15 2012

...newcomers will enjoy the exploration of class-bound Britain between the wars, and fans will relish the continued development of Maisie’s complicated character.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Mar 29 2012

ELEGY FOR EDDIE...in many ways is the most mature and perceptive entry in the series thus far.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert Bianco on Apr 08 2012

...not only do those stories boast great characters and well-constructed mysteries, they also touch on broader issues of class and money and the effect the war had on a society in flux. Never has that been more true than in Elegy...

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Dan Hortsch on Apr 28 2012

..."Elegy for Eddie" is a revealing, often compelling venture into both the economic disparities and the international uncertainty of 1930s England.

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Open Letters Monthly

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue

All of it, down to the last minor character and city intersection, is handled with perfect clarity and just the slightest hint of period sentimentality...

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Oprah.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Nathalie Gorman

Here, as in all the books, it's Maisie's extraordinary empathy that strikes a chord.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Leanne Davis on Mar 28 2012

...Elegy for Eddie is an incomparable work of intrigue and ingenuity, full of intimate descriptions and beautifully painted scenes from between the World Wars...

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Devourer of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Mar 28 2012

It is amazing to say for the 9th book in a series, but Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs books just keep getting better.

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Leeswammes' Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Judith on Mar 27 2012

The mystery surrounding Eddie’s death was somewhat contrived and didn’t have a satisfactory conclusion for me.

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Nomad Reader

Good
Mar 23 2012

Elegy for Eddie is the best Maisie Dobbs novel yet...striking a lovely balance between the mystery and Maisie's personal life.

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bookchickdi

Good
Reviewed by Diane LaRue on Mar 27 2012

I love being immersed in Maisie's world. Winspear does meticulous research, which is available on her website

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Stargazerpuj's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Pujitha Krishnan on Mar 27 2012

Eddie’s story is a touching one and finding out what really happened also takes us into the world of war, politics and propaganda.

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Meaghan Walsh Gerard

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Reviewed by M W Gerard on Mar 19 2012

Winspear’s description and characterization is strong, but the plot felt contrived. In that way, it is like a less mature Agatha Christie.

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Swamp of Boredom

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Mar 28 2012

I admire the way that Winspear was able to weave characters we’ve been familiar with for a while...into the long road to war storyline.

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Lit and Life

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Shepp on Mar 28 2012

Any time you write a series with recurring characters you have to make a choice...here I did find it to be a bit in my way as I read.

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Cozy Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Cozy Library on Apr 06 2012

Elegy for Eddie is a pivotal book in this award-winning series, a turning point for its protagonist...Maisie Dobbs books are wonderful …

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Wordsmithonia

Below average
Reviewed by Ryan on Mar 30 2012

...I was not able to connect with this one as much as the previous books...I found all of this fascinating, but wish the mystery wouldn't have had to be a third victim to the plot.

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I Write in Books

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Mar 30 2012

I have to say that this stands out as one of my favorite Maisie stories.

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Judith Starkston

Good
Reviewed by Judith Starkston on Feb 12 2012

Winspear has tied together a page-turning mystery with a level of moral complexity rarely seen in the genre.

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How Mysterious!

Below average
May 14 2012

Unfortunately Elegy for Eddie turned out not to be one of my favorites in the series...

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Shelah Books It

Below average
Reviewed by Shelah on Apr 19 2012

The story of Eddie is almost incidental to Maisie's navel gazing in this novel.

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Axe for the Frozen Sea

Good
Reviewed by Lila Swistek-Gustavus on Apr 13 2012

...simply put, amazing....Elegy for Eddie, more than other books in the series, transcends all genres. It's a literary work, that's also historical fiction...

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A Work in Progress

Good
Apr 16 2012

I think I say this with every new Maisie book I read, but I really do think this is my favorite one so far.

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Quirky Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Apr 15 2012

Unsurprisingly, I loved this book. Not only was the mystery interesting, but finally the series seems to be moving on a bit from the obsession with World War One.

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Lit Chick

Good
Reviewed by Melanie Hauser on Apr 03 2012

Elegy for Eddie has reignited my anticipation for more, author Winspear reveals Maisie has more going on than just reliability.

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Whimpulsive

Good
Reviewed by Suzi Q on Mar 26 2012

If you haven't read any of the Maisie Dobbs series now and with this book would be an excellent place to start.

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Birth of a Novel

Good
Reviewed by Gretchen Haertsch on May 10 2012

This novel...may be one of my favorites in the series...

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Wordsmithonia

Good
Reviewed by Ryan on Mar 30 2012

The writing is as great as it has been throughout the series, the story lines are intriguing and never bore, and the supporting characters keep the pace moving at a brisk pace.

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Hey, I Want to Read That

Good
Mar 28 2012

Hurray, hurray, hurray Maisie’s back and she’s just as wonderful as I’d hoped she’d be.

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WordLily

Below average
Mar 22 2012

At this point in the series, my affection for any particular title is greatly influenced by the state of Maisie’s relationship with her beau. And I was pretty unsettled, disgruntled, annoyed by how this was handled in this book.

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