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The Comfort of Ghosts

The Comfort of Ghosts, June 2024
Maisie Dobbs #18
by Jacqueline Winspear

Soho Crime
360 pages
ISBN: 1641296062
EAN: 9781641296069
Kindle: B0CL1ZMMVR
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"This Excellent Award-Winning Historical Mystery Series Comes to a Compelling and Satisfying Close"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Comfort of Ghosts
Jacqueline Winspear

Reviewed by Sandra Martin
Posted June 7, 2024

Mystery Historical

THE COMFORT OF GHOSTS by Jacqueline Winspear brings the award-winning, long-running Maisie Dobbs series to a close. Psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs takes on another compelling mystery when she finds four young people squatting in the Ebury Place Mansion as Britain recovers from the Second World War. Who are these four capable adolescents, and what might they have seen that has placed them in danger?

During her inquiries, Maisie also realizes the group is housing an ill soldier who has returned from war after seeing and experiencing several traumas. Maisie has an idea of who the young soldier is and works to reconnect him with his family. When she learns the identities of the four young people and what they witnessed, she sets out on a course to make sure they are safe and that they will have better lives in the future. Along with Maisie’s mission, she uncovers some letters related to her deceased husband James and a secret from his past. As Maisie ties up the loose ends from her past, she helps others move on and find purpose, and she allows herself to plan a new future with her husband and adopted daughter.

THE COMFORT OF GHOSTS takes readers along on their final journey with Maisie Dobbs and her extended family and friends. The people of Britain are recovering from World War II and are dealing with a changed landscape, including destruction, homelessness, disease, food rationing, and the mental and physical scars of returning soldiers. It is a compelling look at how much people can endure, but still move on, and as Maisie describes, tame the “dragons” inside that rear up and lash their tails. Maisie herself is an admirable problem-solving character who looks out for others and makes the world around her better. This series is an outstanding mix of history, mystery, family saga, and psychology. THE COMFORT OF GHOSTS is the final installment of this excellent series that has provided readers with an extraordinary and inspiring character who has persevered, endured, and triumphed through it all. 

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SUMMARY

A milestone in historical mystery fiction as Maisie Dobbs takes her final bow!

The Comfort of Ghosts
completes Jacqueline Winspear’s ground-breaking and internationally bestselling series.

Psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs unravels a profound mystery from her past in a war-torn nation grappling with its future.

London, 1945: Four adolescent orphans with a dark wartime history are squatting in a vacant Belgravia mansion—the owners having fled London under heavy Luftwaffe bombing. Psychologist and Investigator Maisie Dobbs visits the mansion on behalf of the owners and discovers that a demobilized soldier, gravely ill and reeling from his experiences overseas, has taken shelter with the group.

Maisie’s quest to bring comfort to the youngsters and the ailing soldier brings to light a decades-old mystery concerning Maisie’s first husband, James Compton, who was killed while piloting an experimental fighter aircraft. As Maisie unravels the threads of her dead husband’s life, she is forced to examine her own painful past and question beliefs she has always accepted as true.

The award-winning Maisie Dobbs series has garnered hundreds of thousands of followers, readers drawn to a woman who is of her time, yet familiar in ours—and who inspires with her resilience and capacity for endurance. This final assignment of her own choosing not only opens a new future for Maisie and her family, but serves as a  fascinating portrayal of the challenges facing the people of Britain at the close of the Second World War.


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