Among the Mad

Among the Mad

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Book - 2009
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Maisie Dobbs must catch a madman before he commits murder on an unimaginable scale.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805082166
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 25 cm


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Mar 01, 2018

Just finished this book, and couldn't put it down. Massive Hobbs is a fully realized person, growing as each story forces her to address her fears, worries, friendship, class distinctions, and the evolution of women's rights in early 1930s Britain. The social issues are a distinct backdrop to this story, how veterans are treated, the working poor, the idle rich, and various machinations of co-workers in science, politics and law enforcement.

What Maise finally realizes about her life choices and how an idle turn of events could affect her life so drastically, make for a fabulous read. Can she reconcile the ultimate maneuverings of her colleagues with the needs of the government to protect its citizens without leaving a sour taste in her mouth? Looking forward to reading the next book.

May 12, 2016

this is such a good series. the horrors of the great war war & the aftermath of the great war. love this series

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Sep 13, 2015

Another solid Maisie Dobbs mystery, yet again focusing on the lingering effects of World War I on British society more than a decade after the war's end. The stakes are raised considerably in this one, with a madman sending threatening letters to the police and plotting to kill large numbers of people with chemical gas; Maisie finds herself working alongside the police to catch the killer. Loved the mystery, loved Maisie's relationship with her father and her best friend Priscilla, and loved her continued growth as a character.

May 13, 2014

6th in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series set in post World War I London. Among the Mad focuses on psychological trauma of former soldiers coping with shell shock and unemployment in the early 1930s. It’s very well written!

Feb 16, 2013

Maisie Dobbs is the real deal. She combines her nurse's training with her uncanny ability to read people by the way they move and talk into an ability to solve mysteries both large and small. Winspear has created a great heroine with humanity and a touch of mysticism.

Dec 18, 2011

very good book. I have enjoyed the entire series.

Aug 04, 2011

Somewhat of a break from the other Masie Dobbs books in some ways. You are inside the mind of the one they are hunting at least part of the time. But very successful, I think . A strong portrayal of the mental stresses all sorts of people have to live with--then, but of course, now as well.

Jul 04, 2011

Winspear's latest books are much better written than her first. They do make for good reading but they are not in the category of literary fiction like the Elizabeth George or the Todd mysteries. The first Winspear book, Maisie Dobbs, was more a romance novel than a mystery, but don't be put off by that. In all her books some of that language comes in but it is only a phrase here and there.
The protagonist, Maisie Dobbs, is a clear-eyed, centered, intelligent woman who combines tenacity and compassion in her life. Her experiences have been tough, and she has mastered them with fortitude and help from loyal sponsors and mentors. She has clear values and maintains loyal friendships. The plot is intriguing, the characters well drawn, the action is swift, and the book is fun to read.

Eunice Aug 12, 2009

Excellent series. Jacqueline Winspear has chosen an interesting period, between wars in which to set the series.

DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

SPL Shelf Life column April 30, 2009


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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

Each novel in the Maisie Dobbs series focuses on a small aspect of the after-effects of war, and as the title hints, the fifth deals with mental illness. Among the Mad has the heroine using her peculiar investigating style and talents to help the brass at Scotland Yard to track down an anonymous terrorist who has threatened to kill citizens of London. When his demands are not met – pensions for certain WWI survivors – he chooses his first victims, and his method is alarmingly close to a gruesome way thousands of men died in the Great War: poisonous gas.


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