Among the Mad

Among the Mad

Among the Mad In the thrilling new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of An Incomplete Revenge Maisie Dobbs must catch a madman before he commits murder on an unimaginable scale It s Christmas Eve

  • Title: Among the Mad
  • Author: Jacqueline Winspear
  • ISBN: 9780805082166
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the thrilling new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of An Incomplete Revenge , Maisie Dobbs must catch a madman before he commits murder on an unimaginable scale.It s Christmas Eve 1931 On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street The following day, the prime minister s office receives a letter threateniIn the thrilling new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of An Incomplete Revenge , Maisie Dobbs must catch a madman before he commits murder on an unimaginable scale.It s Christmas Eve 1931 On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street The following day, the prime minister s office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met and the writer mentions Maisie by name After being questioned and cleared by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard s elite Special Branch, she is drawn into MacFarlane s personal fiefdom as a special adviser on the case Meanwhile, Billy Beale, Maisie s trusted assistant, is once again facing tragedy as his wife, who has never recovered from the death of their young daughter, slips further into melancholia s abyss Soon Maisie becomes involved in a race against time to find a man who proves he has the knowledge and will to inflict death and destruction on thousands of innocent people And before this harrowing case is over, Maisie must navigate a darkness not encountered since she was a nurse in wards filled with shell shocked men.In Among the Mad , Jacqueline Winspear combines a heart stopping story with a rich evocation of a fascinating period to create her most compelling and satisfying novel yet.

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    I think this series is really growing on me now and in this particular episode it was nice to see Maisie warming up a bit and becoming an easier person to like.The author is very good at writing accurately about this period of English life, especially the way she deals with the many social injustices of the time. In this story we hear about mental asylums and the grotesque treatments they used, and also a lot about the suffering of returned soldiers from the Great War.I also loved the way Maisie [...]

    I don't know if the Maisie Dobbs books fall in the 'chicklit' category or not, but I have a secret weakness for them. I am reading this one on my fancy new Kindle, which is skinnier than I would ever have thought possible. Life is good.The burning question, of course, remains the same. Will this be the book where Maisie finally gets laid? Will she even get a chaste peck on the cheek? Lord knows, it's time - it's been 14 years since the end of the Great War, and the shell-shocked fiance who was c [...]

    Among the Mad is quite possibly the closest I'm ever going to get in liking the character of Maisie Dobbs. While I have enjoyed the series as a whole, I haven't always enjoyed Maisie, and it wasn't until her last adventure ( An Incomplete Revenge ) that Maisie and her cold fish-ery ways didn't make me want to wack her upside the head with a cloche hat. In fact, this installment (the sixth in the series) finds Maisie relatively normal. She's not conjuring up some Jedi power deep within her diaphr [...]

    Learned new British words. Elevenses is a snack similar to afternoon tea, but it usually occurs around 11 am. Might consist of cake or biscuits with a cup of tea. A Burns dinner was mentioned. It is a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns, a Scottish poet who wrote Auld Lang Syne. The dinner has a format that is followed and is usually held on or near Burn's birthday on January 25th. I am sad to have finished this book, as it might be a year or so until the next. Love Maisie, Billy, [...]

    The sixth in the Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, series picks up on Christmas Eve 1931. Winspear has done a nice job of developing her characters throughout the series, allowing them to grow and change according to circumstances. Although a few characters strain credulity, that can be forgiven because they serve the greater purpose of the plots. Maisie, our intrepid but no-longer-young girl detective has risen from poverty and domestic service, past service as a nurse in France, to [...]

    Another terrific entry in a terrific series. As Winspear's writerly skill and control grow, we see Maisie too settle in to a new degree of control over her personal and professional life, recognizing -- as we and her pal Priscilla have known all along -- that she has not yet fully rejoined the living after the war, and deciding to make that change. The subplot involving the Beale family continues, and nicely parallels both the main murder plot and Maisie's own evolution. One of the best so far. [...]

    I liked the first two books in this series the best. This one was similar to the last few - WWI history, Maisie Dobbs calm & cool sleuthing ability, with her personal life not taking as much progress as I expected. It's an okay book. Clean, though. And I am always annoyed when I feel that books digress with personal development in a following novel, which this one seemed to w/ Doreen, Billy's wife. She was getting over Lizzie's death at the end of the last novel, so I was rather surprised wh [...]

    I really enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series, and I'm not a big fan of mystery books. However, what I do like about these books is her style. The series is set in the late 20s, early 30s, just when Britain is still reeling from shell-shocked soldiers, a shaky economy, and small step forward into modernity in terms of women's rights. Maisie, despite being a thoroughly modern Millie, is still very much an elegant and genteel lady. She has empathy for her fellow human being regardless of their situation, [...]

    Last night (2/20/09) I met Teri Garzon and we went to Vroman's to hear Jacqueline Winspear speak about this book, the latest in her Maisie Dobbs series. She talked about different experiences or memories from her life that sparked the ideas for this new book. As a teenager, she did voluteer work at a mental hospital, which sparked an idea for this book. She also spoke about her grandfather and his "shell shock" from World War I. Finally she related a brief personal experience when she was workin [...]

    “…inside the villain is a victim…”Among The Mad is the sixth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. After witnessing a suicide in the street near her office, Maisie is seconded by Special Branch to help investigate a case, possibly related, involving letters containing non-specific threats to the public, and finds herself visiting No 10 Downing Street. It is of concern that MI5 are also involved, but Maisie’s special skills and her unique [...]

    I found this book quite by chance at the library. What luck! Little did I know it was the 6th book in a series. I liked it so much I decided to read the series backward - just finished, and want to go forward and read through to #6 again!These books are not ordinary! Maisie Dobbs is a psychologist/private investigater in post-WWI London. She came from a poor family but was given a chance to better herself by an upper-class woman with a good heart. Maisie worked as a tweeny maid in the woman's ho [...]

    Book 6, and for all the progress that I thought the author had made in making Maisie a more realistic and appealing character by Book 5, it's all gone in this novel, which I didn’t like much at all. There are many reasons why. For one, I felt that the author hammered away too hard, too long, and too often about her theme of the plight of the walking wounded from World War I; when you overdo a message like that, it backfires, making people care less, not more. I also felt that the author was tr [...]

    Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear is an excellent mystery in the Maisie Dobbs series. At the beginning of this novel, Maisie witnesses a man commit suicide with a bomb on a busy London Street. While Maisie is witnessing this, Maisie herself was being watched, by a person who will be threatening to cause mass destruction should his/her demands not be met.Maisie is questioned about what she sees by Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard and then enlisted as a special advisor on [...]

    If your taste in crime fiction runs to blood, guts, and gore, you’re unlikely to enjoy reading Jacqueline Winspear‘s Maisie Dobbs series. If, instead, you favor a more cerebral approach focused on three-dimensional character development and psychological insight, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Winspear’s outstanding work.Maisie Dobbs is a brilliant young working-class woman who gained an elite education under the sponsorship of the aristocratic family that employed her [...]

    There something comforting about reading a series of books with the same characters. And it's even better when it's British period drama, it involves mystery, and there's a strong female lead. Among the Mad is Jacqueline Winspear's sixth Masie Dobbs novel, and it was just as good as the first five.The series takes place just after the end of WWI, when a country, it's soldiers, and it's civilians are reeling and recovering from the physical, emotional, and mental damages of war. Maisie is a train [...]

    Winspear, Jacqueline. AMONG THE MAD. (2009). ****.This author has been consistently putting out excellent installments in her Maisie Dobbs series, and this is another one. This time, Maisie has to deal with an unknown man who has threatened to do the City of London (or people in it) some sort of grievious harm unless his demands are met. His demands are that the veterans of the Great War be given the pensions that they were promised – especially those who were not recognized as being “wounde [...]

    Dang, I was hoping the Maisie Dobbs books were getting better. Having her working with Special Branch had me wary from the get go, but the idea of Maisie dabbling in espionage works better than in some series that have taken a similar turn. If she is to stay involved with the evolving world crisis for the time frame, Maisie will need more than simple detective work to remain in the thick of things. Unfortunately in "Among the Mad", I found no reason for Robbie MacFarlane to have such confidence [...]

    Sixth book in the series but my first. I really enjoyed it and suspect I'll read them all, but having the last 12 to 15 percent being about tying up loose ends and catching up on the main characters made me less enthusiastic. Still, of all the private investigator characters out there, I most want to be Maisie Dobbs. A bit like “Call the Midwife,” the book is set in London between the first and second World Wars and stars a woman who got pretty beat up on the battlefields in France and now m [...]

    I am always ready for a new Maisie Dobbs book, and this one did not disappoint! In this new installment Maisie finds herself working with Scotland Yard on a case of biological terrorism. She witnessed a man commit suicide with a Mills Bomb on the street and has a very uneasy feeling she is being watched. There is a written threat to the government and people of London in which the letter writer mentions Maisie by name. A lot of this book is a study of the impact and difficulties people experienc [...]

    This is the sixth in the Maisie Dobbs series and one of the darkest books in the series. The book opens on Christmas Eve 1931 in London in which the population is still recovering from World War I and is in the depths of the Great Depression. While this book stands alone, I think that these books should be read in order because of the character development that takes place over the series. I'm very interested in the interwar period of the 20th century and the Maisie Dobbs series can be read alon [...]

    I have read all of these books. I just completed the latest in her series. It is a bit more dark than the others because of the seriousness of the subject but still it is worth the read. The series starts with Maisie Dobbs. She is a physcologist/P.I. who begins her career just after WWWI. Women were branching out into all sorts of new fields but not welcomed into many. Police work was not a welcoming field. It still isn't. Maisie is a young woman who has aged because of the rages of war and its [...]

    I have read all of the Maisie Dobbs mystery stories so far, and I love each and every one of them. They are literate and well-written, tightly plotted and ultimately quite satisfying reads. They are very much thinking-persons books. I must admit the subjects are often disturbing to me - the books are all set in post-WWI England, and often involve flashbacks to that terrible war and its equally terrible aftermath for so many of the survivors, including Maisie Dobbs. I also suspect that I am not t [...]

    This is the latest of Winspear's novels about the evolution of a woman following her harrowing experiences during World War I. While the conversations may sound formal and sometimes stilted, the characters are substantial and the writing style, skillful. Some of the issues of this novel are relevant today such as the challenge of a country to deal with their war wounded and the perceptions that the government is not providing the attention, medical treatment or transitional care needed. Followin [...]

    Maisie works with the Special Branch to find a man who plans to use a terrible weapon against the citizens of London if his demands aren't met.As always, this one is full of well-researched detail. Maisie hasn't made the personal progress I'd hoped for yet, but she's certainly not as cold as she used to be. The mystery had some exciting moments, but the occasional bits of villain PoV were jarring and didn't add much.I am officially sick of the wider themes of these books being mirrored as traged [...]

    Just finished this book which is #6 in the Maisie Dobbs series and I liked it better than any of the others other than #1 which was my most favorite. The story really moves along in this one and Winspear seems to be re-energized by her characters again. I do like picking up with the same characters as the reader feels a relationship with them. I find myself really interested in the time period and what life was like for women in England at this point in time - post WWI, pre WWII. Good book. I re [...]

    I adore Maisie Dobbs, a private eye who practices meditation and psychology to figure out crimes in post-World War I England and to figure out her own heart and mind. Here Maisie is confronted by the bleak and harsh realities of people who've been torn apart by the atrocities of war, and how that spills out into society at large. A great read for anyone wanting an articulate description of how war threatens our humanity, and how Maisie Dobbs restores our faith in humanity again. Read all the boo [...]

    Maisie Dobbs brings to mind my grandmother, a divorced woman with a career in the 1930s. Though she never said much about it, I know she faced obstacles that men did not. I admire Maisie’s—and my grandmother’s—self-sufficiency and independence, focus, perseverance, awareness of others’ problems and desire to help. Some things have changed for the better, and some have not; despite improvements in medicine and psychology, many U.S. veterans face a disturbing lack of treatment for the ph [...]

    Another letter "A" for the Thanksgiving November 2016 title reading challenge. A Christmas setting for this Maisie Dobbs episode added to my Christmas Spirit Readathon 2016Always unique historical information in the storytelling.

    Ohh, I really liked this one. I felt much more involved in the mystery -- not just like I was being led around to clues I had no hope of piecing together -- but rather the discoveries made sense and fit together, and the mystery was a lot less frustrating. The only thing that I found unsatisfying was (view spoiler)[it was never really answered why the perpetrator's parents would have essentially (emotionally, at least) abandoned him at such an early age when they had wanted and tried for a child [...]

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