Winspear's elegant historical mystery features Maisie Dobbs, a dark horse heroine of indomitable spirit, who is able to cross class lines in 1930s' London. Winspear excels in depicting trauma, the kind of long-term grief that characters, particularly her restrained Britons, express only in a gesture or a word. Descriptions of body language are unsurpassed. Orlagh Cassidy's narration creates a unique voice for each character, which also projects the character's class. She is able to keep Maisie's accent unique and change it slightly as she interacts with a plethora of supporting characters. Her description of starting Maisie's MG anchors this novel in time; her description of Armistice Day makes clear the waste of war. K.A.T. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 05/ JAN 06]
Trade Ed. Audio Renaissance 2005
CD ISBN 1593978146 $39.95 Nine CDs
DD ISBN $27.97
Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2005
CS ISBN 0792737482 $54.95 Six cassettes
CD ISBN 0792737490 $89.95 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 0792738357 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
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