The Mapping of Love and Death by Jaqueline Winspear – Book Review

The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear Published by Harper Perennial, an imprint of Harper Collins

My reviews of the first six books in the seriesMaisie DobbsBirds of a FeatherPardonable LiesMessenger of TruthAn Incomplete Revenge, Among the Mad.

The son of an American mother and a British father raised in the United States, Michael Clifton feels the need to fight for his father’s country as soon as he hears about the outbreak of World War I. As a mapmaker, he has skills that are invaluable to the war effort. Unfortunately, Michael goes missing during the war with his entire company. When they are discovered, dead in a bunker, Michael’s family is able to retain his personal letters and journal and discover that he was involved with a nurse during the war. Hoping for someone who can serve as a connection to their son, the Clifton’s engage Maisie’s services to find the girl, but looking over the autopsy, Maisie can see that there is a bigger mystery: Michael was murdered before the bunker was bombed.

This was another well-put together case and mystery for Maisie, Winspear is doing a fabulous job keeping the mysteries fresh and the cases unique. However, in this case, I barely paid attention to Maisie’s case because of some interesting personal developments. Maisie’s personal emotional growth has been happening slowly over the past few books, ever since a case took her to France in Messenger of Truth, first as she came to terms with her psychological scars from the war, then as she began to try to live a richer life in the present. Without being too specific or introducing spoilers, The Mapping of Love and Death holds some progress in this area, a means of progress that had not occurred to me, but which make me incredibly happy.

I’m not sure what higher praise I can give to this series than to say that I’ve been reading one of Winspear’s books every two weeks for the last two and a half months, and I cannot wait to read the next book, and I have no idea what I’m going to do when I do, because then I’ll have to wait an entire year for the next book.

Highly recommended.

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10 comments to The Mapping of Love and Death by Jaqueline Winspear – Book Review

  • “However, in this case, I barely paid attention to Maisie’s case because of some interesting personal developments.”

    I love this and feel the same way. I commented in my Goodreads review that I was so thrilled about the personal arc that I couldn’t be objective about the mystery aspect.

    Didn’t you want to marry the cover? So gorgeous.

    I’m starting the A Lesson in Secrets today!!!

    • I love all the covers, but this one was particularly good, I agree. If I hasn’t left my Nook at home I’d join you in starting A LESSON IN SECRETS today, I may give in and do it tomorrow though.

  • After finishing this one I’m looking forward to the next in the series even more!!

  • Michele@AReadersRespite

    I just finished the 3rd Maisie book and they are really growing on me. I was almost afraid to read your review, but you are SO GOOD at not spoiling and now I’m so excited to keep on reading. :)

  • Frances

    I love these books too! And agree that we do see some progress for Maisie here in righting her own life in the way she helps so many others do. The new one is on its way to me now and I can’t wait!

  • I skimmed your review because I’ve only read the first book for the readalong (gulp!), but it’s so good to know that Winspear manages to keep this series fresh.

  • They just get better and better. I really want to go buy A Lesson in Secrets, but hardback prices make me gulp and think again. Plus, I have a lot on my stacks right now. But I WANT!

  • I loved this one too! It’s my favorite thus far, and I agree the personal developments are so welcome and exciting. With yesterday’s news of the 9th one coming out in March, I’m eager to let myself read the eighth one now!