What a pleasant surprise of a book! A new favorite. This was not necessarily great literature, and I imagine friends of mine would be surprised to find that this is now on my list of favorites, but I love every part of this book. The main character, Maisie Dobbs, was really well done. She is perhaps a bit too perfect, but I love her story, her personality, and her brilliant mind.
The story is set in the years after the end of World War I, but a great portion of the book is a flashback to the years prior to and during the Great War. I found the writing to be fantastic, and I enjoyed the deep levels of conversation between many of the characters. I think I just enjoy reading about smart people, even when fictional. I thought the other side characters were also done, and while the book is dark in terms of the period and issues being discussed, it was done with accuracy and compassion.
I very much can't wait to continue this series.