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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1 edition (June 12 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312426852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312426859
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.4 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. Broadway and television veteran Cassidy continues the subtle, sharp vocal performance that earned her awards for the audio version of Winspear's last Maisie Dobbs mystery, Pardonable Lies. There's a lovely, old-fashioned lilt to Cassidy's reading, reminding listeners of the period (it's now 1931 in an England haunted at every level by the war that officially ended 14 years before). There's still a class battle going on, one that Maisie has straddled because of her unique background: a child of London's working class, put into service at 14, then rescued by a patroness who recognized her intelligence and sent her to study at Girton, Cambridge University's pioneering college for women. So Maisie can treat her working-class East London assistant with the same ease and understanding as she handles her current client—a woman from a wealthy, eccentric family whose twin brother, an important artist, was killed in a supposed accident. The bonus interview at the end with Winspear makes listeners realize how similar a mindset Maisie and the author possess. Cassidy and Dobbs are a match made in audio heaven.
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Class divisions and the trauma of war are compelling themes in Winspear's fourth offering featuring psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs (following Pardonable Lies, 2005). Dobbs, who earned a degree from Cambridge and served as a nurse during World War I, employs both meditation and intuition to crack difficult cases. (Her suspicions are often manifested in a "sensation at the nape of her neck, as if a colony of ants were beating a path from one shoulder to the other.") The novel opens in late 1930, as Georgina Bassington-Hope, a well-to-do former wartime journalist, consults Maisie following the death of her twin brother, Nick, a painter commissioned to design war propaganda after sustaining injuries in combat. (Georgina doubts police reports that claim her brother fell from scaffolding while installing a major exhibition at a local gallery.) As Maisie searches for clues among Georgina's relatives, she grows increasingly troubled by the family's shameless extravagance during trying economic times. A cast of vivid characters and plenty of rich period detail boost Winspear's somewhat lethargic plot. Allison Block
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Jacqueline Winspear has created the character of Maisie Dobbs with care. Maisie is spiritual, she does meditation, she ponders eternal truths and questions. This is not to say that she advertises what she does or how she feels, Maisie is a very private person. The character of Maisie is drawn with a very fine pen, she is no lightweight or shallow cardboard figure. I consider each Maisie Dobbs book as a novel, not only a mystery story. We feel strongly about Maisie, her emotions run deep, Winspear doesn't let us off lightly. There are always deaths and sorrow to absorb, we need patience while Maisie sorts out all of the threads of each tale. Excellent series.
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Those who had the good fortune to read or hear the first story in Jacqueline Winspear's acclaimed series (Maisie Dobbs 2003) were immediately won by an indomitable heroine. Believe those were close to the words I wrote at that time and I've not changed my mind - not one whit.

Voice performer Orlagh Cassidy narrated the second in the series, Pardonable Lies, and for this she won and AudioFile Earphones Award. She gives another award winning performance with her narration of Messenger of Truth. She has that rare ability to give life to individual characters with a vocal nuance, and perfectly capture the accents of 1930s England. She's a pleasure!

As many will remember Maisie is an investigator and in this, the fourth in the Maisie Dobbs series, she's retained to investigate the death of well known artist Nick Bassington-Hope. Nick died when he fell while hanging one of his works of art for an exhibition relating to the Great War. The question is, was his death an accident or was it planned by someone who pushed him as he worked?

Maisie is hired by Nick's sister who isn't willing to accept Scotland Yard's decision that it was an accident. This investigation takes Maisie, who came from humble beginnings as a housemaid, into a strata of society with which she is not familiar.

The author's portrait of postwar England is well worth the listen; the mystery is frosting on the cake.

- Gail Cooke
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I truly love this series. I adore the characters and am so sorry to see the series come to a close. I'm hoping that Ms. Winspear decides to pick up her pen and plot another chapter in the life of Masie et. al.
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This was posted on my recommendation page. I'm not interested in reading this author, so hence this review. I wish we could pass on recommendations that we don't want instead of being forced to do it this way.
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Jacqueline Winspeare's detective, Maisie Dobbs, is plainly an dsimply splendid. Her interpretation of the early 1930's is faultless and her plots are fit for Sherlock Holme's to face. And brave Maisie facess up and uses her mind and instinct with beautful effectiveness. A truly good old-fashioned detective story without the violenece that disfigures so much of today's writing.
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