"She started as a maid in an aristocratic London household when she was thirteen. Her employer, Lady Rowan Compton, a suffragette, took the remarkably bright
youngster under her wing and became her patron, aided by Maurice Blanche, a friend often retained as an investigator by the elite of Europe. It was he
who first recognized Maisie's intuitive gifts and helped her to earn admission to prestigious Girton College at Cambridge where Maisie planned to complete
her education." "The outbreak of war changed everything. Maisie trained as a nurse, then left for France to serve at the Front, where she found - and lost
- an important part of herself." Ten years after the Armistice, in the spring of 1929, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator, one who has
learned that coincidences are meaningful, and truth elusive. Her very first case involves suspected infidelity but reveals something very different. In
the aftermath of the Great War, a former officer has founded a convalescent refuge for those grievously wounded, ex-soldiers too shattered to resume normal
life. It is a working farm known as The Retreat. When Fate brings Maisie a second case involving The Retreat she must confront the ghost that has haunted
her for over ten years.
As with so many mysteries, I found myself drawn in by the characters. the mystery itself was good, but the characters are really what made this book come alive for me. I will definitely be continuing this series very soon, and I think you should, too!
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