Sunday, January 30, 2011
The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
Loved the idea of this series about a female private investigator in London between the Wars from the start, though through it I recognize the difficulty of keeping a series advancing without stagnating. I so enjoyed the first books in the series, but passed up many opportunities to pick up this seventh in the series until I came across an audio version and had time on my hands. Maisie Dobbs, investigator extraordinaire, has a touch of the mystic about her which makes her feel both contemporary and exceptional. She may be reserved to a fault, but that particular characteristic is prized in certain fields. In this installment, Maisie and her sidekick Billy uncover the killer of an American mapmaker in France during the Great War. The series ends with a promise of great changes in the lives of all concerned, which will undoubtedly spark the interest of avid fans.
I was also struck this time with the thought that the series would make great Masterpiece Theatre as it does not delve into the lurid, and sometimes gruesome, details of murder or passion. It could, with some tinkering, be a profitable vehicle for a number of actors to strut their talent and keep the television public amused. However, I see no sign of the film options mentioned on her website. Filmmakers, take note!