I think I'm going to love this series! Set in England in the years following the Great War, Maisie Dobbs is an investigator and solver of questions, puzzles, and intriguing situations.
This first book sets the stage for the subsequent books with her early life, education, and nursing service during the war. Maisie's innate intelligence spurs the benevolence of her employer, Lady Rowan, who aids in her education and introduces her to her mentor, Maurice Blanche. The story begins in 1929 with Maisie setting out on her own as an investigator. As the story unfolds we move back in time to her war time service and first love. Then back to 1929 and the perilous conclusion of the puzzle that she is investigating.
I can only hope that the subsequent books in the Maisie Dobbs series are as thoroughly engrossing.