In 1933, private detective Maisie Dobbs is asked by the police to solve the murder of Usha Pramal, an educated single woman from India who had been working in England for the past seven years. Usha was shot dead and found by some children floating in a canal. Usha's brother has come to England to find justice for his sister, since the official investigation turned up little. While Maisie and her assistants, Billy and Sandra, delve into Usha's personal life to try and discover who wanted her dead, they are immersed in Indian immigrant culture and learn of the prejudice faced by people of a different color. Maisie, herself, is also at a crossroads. She considers closing her detective agency so she can travel, but she's worried about her father, her boyfriend's desire to marry her, and her loyal assistant, Billy's well-being. Leaving Everything Most Loved is another gem in the long-running Maisie Dobbs series, combining an interesting mystery along with characters you really care about. It will be published in March.
I'm a librarian with a background in Reader's Advisory who left librarianship for domestic...uh...bliss.
From 1992-2003 I worked at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library. I served on YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (1998-2000, chair 2000) and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2001-2003, chair 2002). I wrote the article "Zap! Woosh! Kerplow! Build High Quality Graphic Novel Collections With Impact" (School Library Journal, January 1997). I am a substitute Reference Librarian at the Indian Prairie Public Library.