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Elegy for Eddie

Maisie Dobbs

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Maisie Dobbs—psychologist, investigator, and "one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting" (Parade)—returns in a chilling adventure, the latest chapter in Jacqueline Winspear's bestselling series.

Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—sellers of fruit and vegetables on the streets of London—Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are deeply skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie—and why?

Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death. Plunging into the investigation, Maisie begins her search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth where Eddie had lived and where she had grown up. The inquiry quickly leads her to a callous press baron; a has-been politician named Winston Churchill, lingering in the hinterlands of power; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk it all to see justice done.

The story of a London affected by the march to another war years before the first shot is fired and of an innocent victim caught in the crossfire, Elegy for Eddie is Jacqueline Winspear's most poignant and powerful novel yet.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 06, 2012 – Set in 1933, bestseller Winspear s excellent ninth novel featuring London investigator and psychologist Maisie Dobbs represents a welcome return to form after 2011 s less inspired A Lesson in Secrets. Five men Maisie hasn t seen since girlhood break the sad news that Eddie Pettit, another friend Maisie hasn t seen in years, died when a huge roll of paper fell on him in the paper factory where he ran errands. The gentle Eddie, who was considered slow, had a remarkable talent for relating to horses. The five, who suspect Eddie s death was no accident, retain Maisie to find out what really happened. The case comes at an emotionally turbulent time for Maisie, who s ambivalent about her relationship with wealthy James Compton and has begun to question the reasons for her own many acts of charity. The involved plot is as good as any in the series, and the resolution is intelligently complex. 9-city author tour.

Customer Reviews

Eulogy For Eddy

As with the entire Maisie Dobbs series, another adventure incorporating history, lifestyles, family, and relationships. Can't wait for the next and the next and the next...


Love this series, but this book was just not that interesting. It seemed like outtakes.

Elegy for Eddie

I have one very important way to tell that I have found a book series worth continuing, that is when I can feel a personal and visceral connection to both the protagonist and the author. In the Maisie Dobbs series I have found that connection. Maisie has become my hero, my conscience, and my friend and Jacqueline Winspear has become my new favorite author! For me, this series has been both a history lesson and a profound personal experience as I follow Ms. Winspear's weaving of her own life philosophy with Maisie's somewhat Victorian views of human nature. The journey through all of the Maisie Dobbs books has been exciting, heartwarming, provocative and insightful - all required elements in a beautiful reading experience. Elegy for Eddie has been no different - the only disappointment with this latest novel is that it had to end. I wait, impatiently, for another installment in the saga and I can't wait to see how Maisie survives, along with the rest of the cast, the horror that was WWII. Thank you Ms. Winspear for bringing Maisie to life - you are a gifted writer!!

Elegy for Eddie
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  • Category: Women Sleuths
  • Published: Mar 27, 2012
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Maisie Dobbs
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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