Eddie Pettit was called “the gentle giant.” A man who was mentally slow, but had a heart of gold, he made many friends, not the least of them horses. It’s 1933, in the City of London; and Eddie has met with a tragic death. His friends don’t believe it was an accident. Eddie had been acting strangely for months, and all the evidence points to murder.
The latest in the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear doesn’t disappoint. Not only does Winspear present an exciting mystery with lots of twists and turns, but she places the novel in the historical context of a nation facing the first whispers of war after a prolonged recovery from the Great War. I confess I couldn’t put Elegy for Eddie down, and read the whole thing in two days. Even more exciting is the prospect of future Maisie Dobbs novels in the setting of a Europe on the brink of war.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012