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The Mapping of Love and Death

The Mapping of Love and Death 1

A fascinating inter-war whodunnit

by Jacqueline Winspear
Paperback
Publication Date: 26/03/2012
5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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August 1914. When war in Europe is declared, a young American cartographer, Michael Clifton, is compelled to fight for his father's native country, and sets sail for England to serve in the British Army. Three years later, he is listed as missing in action.
April 1932. After Michael's remains are unearthed in a French field, his devastated parents engage investigator Maisie Dobbs, hoping she can find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among their late son's belongings. It is a quest that leads Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love - and to the discovery that Michael Clifton may not have died in combat. Suddenly an exposed web of intrigue and violence threatens to ensnare the dead soldier's family and even Maisie herself as she attempts to cope with the impending loss of her mentor and the unsettling awareness that she is once again falling in love.
ISBN:
9780749040888
9780749040888
Category:
Historical mysteries
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
26-03-2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Allison & Busby
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
384
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x26mm
Weight:
0.29kg
Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in Kent and emigrated to the USA in 1990.

She has written extensively for journals, newspapers and magazines, and has worked in book publishing on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Maisie Dobbs series of crime novels is beloved by readers worldwide.

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Customer Reviews

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5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • an excellent read

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    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 felt sure bore oil. When the autopsy report shows that he was murdered, Maisie is asked to track down his unnamed nurse and, if she can, to find his murderer. To distract her from her task, James Compton returns from Canada for good, her mentor, Maurice Blanche becomes increasingly frail, and Billy Beal is understandably apprehensive about Doreen’s return from hospital.

    This instalment explores the vital role of cartographers in war, as well as the important contribution of the many Nursing Units, and the purpose of cinematographers on the front lines. Maisie has to deal with DI Caldwell now that Stratton has gone to Special Branch; she is mugged, goes to car races, visits the School of Military Engineers and more than one hospital. The value of post-traumatic counselling is highlighted, and Winspear drags several red herrings through her plot to keep the reader guessing on more than one front. The final chapters see great changes wrought in Maisie’s personal life and presage possible major alterations in her career. Once again, an excellent read that will have readers seeking out the next book in the series, A Lesson In Secrets.