Sunday, 29 December 2013

maisie dobbs

I finished Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear on Sunday 15 December. The first in a series of detective novels, set in London in 1929 but written in America. Bought as a present last year for Bethan because of its name, but she didn't enjoy it much and neither did I - we won't be pursuing the series. I didn't think it was that interesting or well-written; there were points that it felt quite 'researched', like in over-elaborate descriptions of routes in London; but most of all it felt like the story within the story - Maisie's whole back story - was a dull novel which had failed to get published until someone had had the idea of turning it into a detective story.