AMONG THE MAD
By Jacqueline Winspear, Henry Holt, 320 pages, $28
London at the beginning of the Great Depression is a time for true madness, and Maisie Dobbs is facing all of it. First, there's her devoted assistant, Billy Beale, whose wife has never recovered from the death of their child. Depression and melancholy are never far away.
Then, on Christmas Eve, 1931, Maisie sees a suicide on the street. Times are certainly bad, but personal misery is just the beginning. A madman is threatening to kill thousands, and he implicates Maisie in his plan. She soon finds herself attached to Scotland Yard with a team of coppers who must find the maniac in time to save the innocent. It appears the Maisie holds a clue. Trouble is, she doesn't know what it is. This is definitely one of Winspear's best.
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Marin Humane Society