Thursday, November 29, 2012

Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear - Blog Tour and Book Review


About the Book:

• Paperback: 368 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 30, 2012)
Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—sellers of fruits and vegetables on the London streets—Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. So who would want to kill him . . . and why?
Maisie Dobbs’s father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, and she remembers Eddie fondly. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie’s death. Maisie’s search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth leads her to unexpected places and people: to a callous press baron; to a has been politician named Winston Churchill; 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 everything to see justice done.

About the Author:

Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England. Following higher education at the University of London’s Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in academic publishing, in higher education, and in marketing communications in the UK.
She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business and as a personal / professional coach, Jacqueline embarked upon a life-long dream to be a writer.
A regular contributor to journals covering international education, Jacqueline has published articles in women’s magazines and has also recorded her essays for KQED radio in San Francisco. She lives in California and is a regular visitor to the United Kingdom and Europe.
Jacqueline’s novels thus far—Maisie DobbsBirds of a Feather, Pardonable LiesMessenger of TruthAn Incomplete Revenge, and Among the MadThe Mapping of Love and Death, and A Lesson in Secrets are set in the late 1920s and early 1930s, with the roots of each story set in the Great War, 1914–1918. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards.
Find out more about Jacqueline at her website, www.jacquelinewinspear.com, and find her on Facebook.

My Opinion:

This is the ninth Maisie Dobbs novel from the pen of Ms. Winspear. She has a very loyal following and I can understand why. I reviewed my first of her books, The Mapping of Love and Death back in March and I, like many others fell in love with Maisie. She is a strong, intelligent character dealing with life's messy issues and the aftermath of one war with the rumblings of another just beginning.

This book begins as old friends of Maisie's father from her early days in Lambeth come to her about the death of a kindly young man, Eddie Pettit. His death was called an accident but they feel it was murder so they have come to Maisie for help in proving it. Maisie remembers Eddie from her younger days and can't understand why anyone would want to hurt him; he was a little slow and just plain kind to everyone he met.

As Maisie investigates she finds that Eddie had found himself involved in something he did not understand at all, nor could he have comprehended it. He was being used and it ended very badly for him and for others. I won't write more than that so as to not ruin plot points but Eddie certainly didn't deserve what happened to him.

The story has several plots that intertwine all coming together at the end and Ms. Winspear keeps them rolling along without difficulty but I don't understand this Maisie from the Maisie in the last book. She is a very detail oriented, upright, moral woman who does not let things slide and yet in this book all manner of murder and mayhem get overlooked for reasons that are not really well explained. The "greater good" is implied but not given as the definitive reason and it's disturbing to see Maisie overlook murder and revenge murder.  She also spends an inordinate amount of time dithering over her relationship with her boyfriend. OK - she was once a maid and he is of the upper class. OK -  he has oodles of family money and she just came into money. Just either get on with it or not. Don't spend half of the book whining about it. It got old.

I will not give up on Maisie because of this read. I will most certainly read either earlier books or the next book in the series but if she doesn't get back to the form she showed in The Mapping of Love and Death I will be re-evaluating my love affair with Maisie and her adventures.

You can see the rest of the Tour Schedule for Elegy for Eddie

You can purchase Elegy for Eddie on Amazon.com


Disclosure:  I received a copy of Elegy for Eddie from TLC Book Tours gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.

3 comments:

  1. Great review. I read this earlier this year when it came out. I really like this series as well. The points of this book that you found annoying, I can completely agree to. It did take away from the story, but to be honest, I love this series and can't wait for the next one.

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com

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  2. I hope you find that the Maisie in the other books is back to her old self - it sounds like she is QUITE a character when she is on her A-game.

    Thanks for being on the tour.

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  3. Sometimes I wish I could pick an author's brain about why a character did something/said something/behaved in a certain way. Sounds like you could use that kind of conversation with Winspear!

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