Among the Mad-Jacqueline Winspear

Among the Mad

Jacqueline Winspear

Holt, Feb 2009, $25.00

ISBN 9780805082166

 

On Christmas Eve 1931, Psychologist and Investigator Maisie Dobbs and her assistant Billy Beale, having finished a report for a client, are strolling on a London street to deliver their findings when another pedestrian detonates a bomb.  He dies while Maisie is slightly injured, Billy is okay physically because Maisie seeing something off kilter with the culprit told him to head back to the office, which he started to do until the explosion.

 

The next day the Office of the  Prime Minister receives the first of several threatening letters warning of terrorist activity; this note also contains the name of Maisie Dobbs.  She joins a government investigation team trying to find the anonymous writer and prevent the threatened attacks.

 

This is a terrific Dobbs entry that as usual brings alive London at a time when the Great Depression is causing global havoc.  Maisie is terrific as an early psychological profiler though some of her descritpors are based on hunches as no validated database yet exists.  More a thriller than an investigative tale, series fan will enjoy the latest Maisie Dobbs psychological sleuthing case (see PARDONABLE LIES and AN INCOMPLETE REVENGE).

 

Harriet Klausner


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