I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the previous books. I’m interested in WWI, so maybe 1931 is too far removed for me? That said, The Great War is still involved in this story & I did learn things I didn’t know before. Maisie herself seemed less likable to me. The overall story she was hired to investigate was whether or not the artist was murdered & if so, by whom. I found that I didn’t really care very much. There was much darkness & very little light in this book. I needed some comic relief now & then. Maybe that was the point as Europe wasn’t very far away from the beginning of another world war.
I love the Maise Dobbs series. They are mysteries (or probably a better description is detective stories) set in England. THe first book is set in 1929 or 30 and they go on from there chronologically. So far in the ones I've read there's always a connection to World War I and how those events continued to shape the lives of people for the next decades.
The books are well plotted, have strong ongoing character development, fascinating period details and lots of historical context. Plus some detective work, some romance and very little gore.
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