The Mapping of Love and Death (Maisie Dobbs Series #7)

The Mapping of Love and Death (Maisie Dobbs Series #7)

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In this riveting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs is hired to unravel a case of wartime love and death, an investigation that leads her to a doomed affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.

August 1914. As Michael Clifton is mapping land he has just purchased in California's beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, war is declared in Europe—and duty-bound to his father's native country, the young cartographer soon sets sail for England to serve in the British army. Three years later, he is listed as missing in action.

April 1932. After Michael's remains are unearthed in France, his parents retain London psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs, hoping she can find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among their late son's belongings. It is a quest that leads Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love—and to the stunning discovery that Michael Clifton was murdered in his dugout. Suddenly an exposed web of intrigue and violence threatens to ensnare the dead soldier's family and even Maisie herself as she attempts to cope with the impending loss of her mentor and the unsettling awareness that she is once again falling in love.

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ISBN-13: 9780792771203
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2010
Series: Maisie Dobbs Series , #7
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes In This Grave Hour, Journey to Munich, A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, and eight other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.


Ojai, California

Date of Birth:

April 30, 1955

Place of Birth:

Weald of Kent, England


The University of London¿s Institute of Education

What People are Saying About This

Marilyn Stasio

“A sleuth to treasure.”

Dick Adler

“[Catches] the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman.”

Johanna McGeary

“A detective series to savor.”

Alexander McCall Smith

“In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created—she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!”

Tom Nolan

“What charms most is Dobbs herself: a woman ‘not as adept in her personal life as she was in her professional domain,’ and all the more engaging for that.”

Deirdre Donahue

“When people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear.”

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Mapping of Love and Death 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in one day, even getting up in the middle of the night so I could find out how it ended. Very well crafted, interesting mystery and all of the characters I've grown familiar with and care about. Loaned it to my mother, as I have loaned the rest of the series, and she too finished it in one day because she couldn't put it down! We both agreed that this is the best Maisie Dobbs book so far.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1932, Maisie Dobbs receives a note from Dr. Hayden of Massachusetts General Hospital who volunteered as a combat physician during the Great War; and of whom Maisie worked with. He asks her to meet with an elderly American couple whose son went missing during the 1916 Battle of the Somme. The Clintons inform her that farmers in France have uncovered a series of rooms that were part of the trenches. Inside are bodies of the British Cartography Section including their son who joined as a teen in 1914. They want to know who killed him as the autopsy revealed he died from a blow to his face. Maisie, with Billy supporting her agrees, to investigate. She looks at the other information like letters and a dairy to help her. As she digs deep into what happened in this trench room in 1916, Maisie also copes with personal issues starting with Billy's wife leaving the psychiatric ward, Dr. Maurice's illness, Stratton's replacement at the Yard and her feelings for Canadian expatriate James Compton. This is a terrific Depression Era whodunit as Maisie knows she has achieved her prime goal and is now entering her middle years so feels a bit adrift as she is undecided what next. The case is superb as the inquiry provides the reader a deep look at trench warfare during WWI. As entertaining as the military mystery are the goings-on in the heroine's personal life. The mapping of Love and death is a great historical investigation thriller. Harriet Klausner
GrammyK More than 1 year ago
The author never disappoints. Maisie Dobbs is a woman that we can relate to. She's strong, smart, and very intuitive. The story unfolds with twists and turns, and leads us to late, sleepless nights! I always feel sad when the book ends, and I have to say goodbye to Maisie until the next book comes along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maisie Dobbs is one of my favorite series, and Jacqueline Winspear does not disappoint in the latest novel. In previous books, I occasionally felt the case overshadowed Maisie's own journey, the real story in these books. However, The Mapping of Love and Death provides a great balance between the two and deepens Maisie's character even further. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love these books!  As a child I loved mystery stories and read books by Enid Blyton.  Later, I discovered Agatha Christie.  Now Maisie Dobbs is my favorite series.  I hope Ms. Winspear keeps it up for a long time. I love her attention to historical details and look forward to each new book.  
KJCMN More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely. It is well-written, well-researched with interesting history woven into the story. All the characters have well-definied personalities, traits, habits, etc. You become engaged in the story from the beginning. Maisie Dobbs' is a devoted, thoughtful, respectful, and intelligent detective and she is dedicated to a fair and thorough final conclusion. Ms. Winspear's books are a delight to read...calming and interesting for a summer read. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this seventh book of the Maisie Dobbs detective series, author Jacqueline Winspear takes us inside the world of cartographers serving in the British Army in the first World War. Always well-researched, she once again throws light on a little-known area of of the first "Great War." She also brings in ties to the early land development days in the first part of the twentieth century in California, tying the two together as Maisie investigates the death of a young American cartographer who served for Britain during the war. There are several important personal developments for Maisie, who finalizes her relationship to her longtime mentor Maurice Blanche and enters a new phase of her connection to the Compton family. Assistant Billy Beale returns as Maisie's man on the ground in her unconventional yet satisfying investigation.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Mapping of Love and Death is the seventh book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. Psychologist and investigator, Maisie Dobbs is engaged by a Boston couple, Edward and Martha Clifton, whose youngest son, Michael, died in the trenches in France in 1917. Not until fifteen years later were his remains found, and with them, letters from an English Nurse.  Michael was a cartographer who had just spent part of his inheritance on land in California that he felt sure bore oil. When the autopsy report shows that he was murdered, Maisie is asked to track down his unnamed nurse and, if she can, to find his murderer. To distract her from her task, James Compton returns from Canada for good, her mentor, Maurice Blanche becomes increasingly frail, and Billy Beal is understandably apprehensive about Doreen’s return from hospital.  This instalment explores the vital role of cartographers in war, as well as the important contribution of the many Nursing Units, and the purpose of cinematographers on the front lines. Maisie has to deal with DI Caldwell now that Stratton has gone to Special Branch; she is mugged, goes to car races, visits the School of Military Engineers and more than one hospital. The value of post-traumatic counselling is highlighted, and Winspear drags several red herrings through her plot to keep the reader guessing on more than one front. The final chapters see great changes wrought in Maisie’s personal life and presage possible major alterations in her career. Once again, an excellent read that will have readers seeking out the next book in the series, A Lesson In Secrets. 
gardenerME More than 1 year ago
This is the latest in a terrific (and my favorite) mystery series!
Lonnie More than 1 year ago
The latest Maisie Dobbs is a wonderful cap to a fabulous series. I hope Jacqueline Winspear keeps writing. Maisie is like a wise friend. I will read and reread these books. i also reommencd the Charles Todd Ian Rutledge books, which are set between WWI and WWII as well.
bookloverAZ More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of story to take you away to another time and place but keeps you in the here and now as far a the relivince of the story goes. I can relate to war and what it must have been like for those who lived through the first world war. We are going through it again and Maisie has helped me to understand many of the problems and feeling left behind.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The latest case for psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs once again requires her to revisit the Great War. Her clients are wealthy Americans whose son, Michael, served with an English cartography unit during the war. His remains, and those of several companions, have recently been discovered in France. Evidence suggests that the missing son may have been murdered prior to the shelling that took the lives of his companions. Starting with the letters and journal discovered with the bodies, Maisie must piece together the events of Michael's last days in order to identify a murderer. Subplots include the continuing story of Masie's assistant Billy's family situation, Maisie's changing relationship with the Compton family, and the physical decline of Maisie's mentor, Maurice Blanche.Typically for this series, Maisie's investigation unearths secrets in addition to the murder. Maisie's job isn't just to bring a murderer to justice. Maisie helps both clients and witnesses come to terms with unsettling events of the past so that they may find peace. The plot is carried by the psychological and emotional impact of past events, rather than by the details of the murder.This book seemed less well-organized than is usual for this series. Even though past books have revealed that Maisie has some psychic qualities, she makes some deductive leaps that don't seem to be accounted for by either intuition or reason. However, this is the first book in the series that I've listened to rather than read, and I'm sure that has something to do with my perception of the structure. Even though I didn't like it quite as well as previous books in the series, it's still an above-average historical mystery. Recommended, especially for series fans.
etxgardener on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intelligent mystery series are few and far between, and the Maisie Dobbs series of mysteries is one of the best. In this, the seventh volume, we find Maisie's life in transition. Her mentor, Maurice Blanche is seriously ill, her right-hand man Billy is considering emigration to Canada and a new man has entered her romantic life. Plus, of course, she has a new mystery to solve, this time involving the murder of a cartographer in World War I.The mapping metaphor is apt for this book as Maise not only solves the case, but also starts charting her way to a new and, hopefully, more confident and satisfying life.I'm eagrly waiting colume eight in this seies.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the 7th installment of the Maisie Dobbs adventures. She is contacted by a couple from America, the Cliftons, who are trying to resolve the circumstances of their son's death during WWI. Michael Clifton had enlisted as a cartographer and been listed as missing until they received word that his body had been found buried in a tunnel along with the cartographers that he had been working with. However, the autopsy showed that he was not killed in the line of duty but was murdered.As the story progresses we see Maisie's processes working to determine who was involved in Michael Clifton's life and how at the same time as we see changes in her life and the people that she treasures.The book is well-written, interjecting historical points as well as some historical jargon while not bogging down the plot and characters. Many readers are probably acquainted with Maisie Dobbs, I myself had started a book last year but had to return it to the library before it was finished so this really was my first Maisie Dobbs mystery. I can tell you it won't be my last. I'm going to be searching for the previous adventures of this character.
arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So glad to see Maisie's personal life taking a giant leap forward in this book. It's about time. It seems more effort was put in to developing the characters personal lives than in the mystery. This was for me the weakest mystery in the series so far. In this book Maisie is charged with determining the death of an American cartographer named Michael Clifton during World War I. Was he killed by enemy fire as was the rest of his unit or was it murder? To complicate matters the parents of Clifton are attacked and left for dead in their motel room. A lot of themes in this mystery are rehashes from past books. The best parts of this book are more Priscilla and her toads and James Crompton. The saddest part is the final farewell to Maurice which left me in tears. I look forward to learning how Maisie's changed circumstances in both love and money affect her in the next book.
Glenajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since the end of the Great War, Maisie Dobbs, after studying psychology, has been investigating and performing inquiries for a fee. In this novel, she is hired by the parents of an American cartographer who had died in England, the country of his family¿s birth, while serving during the war. Discovered recently, his body shows sign of murder, and Maisie sets out to discover if she can determine the murderer. She doggedly tracks the trail to the source, encountering James Compton, and assisted by Billy Beale along the way.Jacqueline Winspear¿s seventh Maisie Dobbs novel, The Mapping of Love and Death, is an excellent addition to the series. While none of the Maisie Dobbs novels is light, they reflect the atmosphere of the times as people began to sense that the Great War was not the war to end all wars. The characters have a depth of personality that gives the reader the impression that they are well known friends.
Liabee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gripping on many levels, this 7th book in the series witnesses not only Maisie's signature style of working from the inside out to solve a mystery, but her own milestones of family and affection.
ParadisePorch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Maisie Dobbs. And, until this book, I¿d loved all the stories in this mystery series. The book wasn¿t bad, mind you, and provided lots of interesting details about the mapping of war.But there were just a couple too many coincidences that advanced the solving of the mystery to suit me: Maisie¿s friend just happened to try to match-make her at dinner with a man who just happened to know a guy who made films of the troops in WWI and who just happened to have filmed a cartography unit (and all this just happened to have come up in dinner conversation 14 years after the end of said war). The cartography unit caught on film just happened to be the one Maisie was looking for, and the villain just happened to be visiting the unit that day and was captured on celluloid trying to stop the film crew.You get the picture. And I didn¿t think the clues were fair enough to allow the reader to solve the case ¿ unless one must consider that anyone and everyone introduced in the gathering of information might be more involved than that. I hadn¿t noticed this element in previous Maisie books.ANYWAY ¿ I still love Maisie and I¿m going to continue reading this series, hoping that this is just a blip in Winspear¿s otherwise impeccable record. 3½ stars
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite series and Maisie Dobbs is one of my favorite characters. Her intuition and her concern for other people and their feelings make her a peron that I not only admire but would like to emulate. In this book she traces what happened to an American cartographer who perished in WWI. The story is poignant and satisfying and in the end we feel that we know this and will remember this young man. At the end of the book we get an intimation Maisie's life is going to have some major changes in the up coming books. It seem as if Winspear plans to continue her story into the Second World War. One of the most fascinating aspects of this series is the her accurate portrayal of life in Britain following WWI. I look forward to the next installment, which I have on hand and will start soon.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Mapping of Love and Death was a fantastic look into the lifestyle of early 20th century folks in England. Maisie Dobbs provided me with enough wit, strength of character and humor to make me a fan, even without knowing the back story of her character in the previous 6 books.Mysteries tend to be hit and miss for me. I don't enjoy mindless thrillers anymore and usually like to have more of a story happening to get into a book. This book has made a fan out of me and I intend to try to catch up by reading the previous books as soon as I can.In this story, Maisie is attempting to solve the mystery involving the son of a prominent, American couple. Little clues and tidbits are dropped throughout the unfolding of the story - but what struck me most of all was the introduction to the son at the beginning of the book. It completely threw me off base, because I felt an initial attachment only to find it snatched away from me.I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers and those who love to read stories of a time when things were more simple. It's nice to read about good, old-fashioned mystery solving without any of the technologyl devices we have today.
bremmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I¿ve been mourning the upcoming loss of any new Maisie for a whole year which is why I¿ve put off writing this review. You know I¿m trying to be good about this waiting stuff but really, I already have to wait until next year for more Downton Abbey-if you haven¿t seen this Masterpiece Classics series you must. It¿s absolutely wonderful, though you may want to wait until later in the year then you won¿t have to wait as long for new episodes. And now, after the next Maisie, I¿m done for a year or more. Boo hoo! I didn¿t think ahead when I joined Book Club Girl¿s I¿m Mad for Maisie Read-along what I would do when I finished so quickly. Actually, I didn¿t quite finish the read-along. I¿m going slowly through the last book so my Maisie withdrawal won¿t be as bad. But, I¿m here to talk about book seven so-on with the review.This episode in the Maisie series made me the saddest and the happiest of all the books so far. Maisie deals with a heartbreaking loss but also finds an unexpected love interest. I knew the loss was coming but still found it hard, it was a character I had really enjoyed and found very interesting. As for Maisie¿s new love well, I never saw it coming though looking back maybe I should have. I¿ve become so invested in Maisie by reading the books so close together that I found this turn of events completely wonderful.The mystery portion of the story was completely fascinating as it revolved around the role of cartographers or mapmakers during WWI. I had never really thought about how one would go about planning a war but the idea mapmakers would be used never crossed my mind. Then having read this it all made perfect sense. We learn about Michael Clifton through his journal and letters written to him by the girl he loves. He is such a lovely, spirited young man I was really hoping there was some mistake. And while he was indeed killed during the war there is a twist that left me satisfied there would still be some joy for his family.Though this story is still deeply entrenched in WWI by the end we start to see Maisie moving on to the next phase of history. Sadly, the specter another war is starting to loom. But, it seems to be leading Maisie¿s professional life in a new and exciting direction.I don¿t think there¿s a need to say I loved this book and I have no problem saying that this is just as good if not better than the past books. So, with one last book before my long dry Maisie spell I loving where the series is heading. And after listening to Ms. Winspear on Book Club Girl`s show on Blog Talk Radio there is a hint at what¿s coming and boy am I excited. I have to add it was a real thrill to actually have her answer my questions, now I know what ¿more caf than cafe¿ means.Well, I¿m off to finish A Lesson in Secrets and then pout about having to wait for more. I¿ll let you know what I think when I¿m done. Bet, you can¿t guess which way I¿m leaning (wink)?So, is anyone doing anything fabulous this weekend? I¿m planning on reading and getting my patio cleaned up now that all our rain seems to be over. Hope you all have a great weekend.Thanks to Book Club Girl for my copy of The Mapping of Love and Death
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#7 in the series, in this one Maisie is hired by an American couple (the Cliftons) to discover if and how and by whom their son was murdered. Mr. Clifton (the father) emigrated from England to America, and his son Michael, a trained cartographer, returns to England (land of his birthright?) in 1914 shortly after the outbreak of WWI to serve in the British army. He is killed in action, but his remains are not recovered until the time of this story - around 1930. The post-mortem shows that Michael may not have died from enemy fire, and Maisie sets out to find the truth. In her delving into this mystery, we are introduced into the role of the Army cartographers, a subject I found quite interesting. It added another bit of information and filtering to use in my World War I reading. This one has a lot going on, and to tell anymore would be to invite huge spoilers.
michigantrumpet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maisie Dobbs is retained by a wealthy America couple to find out what happened to their son, Michael, who volunteered as a cartographer for the British in the Great War, and whose body has just been found in a bombed out dugout trench with his fellow soldiers. Was his death due to the bomb, or was there more malign and nefarious forces at work? Who is the mysterious young woman with whom he traded letters? Her investigation takes on even more urgency when the couple are viciously attacked in their hotel room and Maisie herself is violently mugged. As always, an engaging and quick read, with just enough red herrings to keep you guessing. Winspear doesn't engage in much psychodrama, but I enjoy her characterizations and her ability to bring various aspects of England in the inter-War period to life.
picardyrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the way this one turned out, but I never did like that Maurice.
turtlesleap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A satisfying book on all counts--intriguing story well presented, excellent character development, good background. As Maisie herself might say, "A thumping good read!"