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Pardonable Lies

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London, 1930. Maisie Dobbs, the renowned psychologist and investigator, receives a most unusual request. She must prove that Sir Cedric Lawton's son Ralph really is dead.This is a case that will challenge Maisie in unexpected ways, for Ralph Lawton was an aviator shot down by enemy fire in 1917. To get to the bottom of the mystery, Maisie must travel to the former battlefields of northern France, where she served as a nurse in the Great War and where ghosts of her past still linger. As her investigation moves closer to the truth, Maisie soon uncovers the secrets and lies that some people would prefer remain buried.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 071956736X
  • 9780719567360
  • 43,775

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'The classic crime buyer' * Publishing News * 'Think Upstairs Downstairs meets Miss Marple - with a touch of chirpy cheerful Cockney from the Dick Van Dyke school' * Yorkshire Post * 'Maisie Dobbs is a delightful character... The war's long shadow over Maisie and her clients and suspects lends emotional depth to an enjoyable mystery' * Literary Review * 'Wonderfully nostalgic and traditional sleuthing in post-First World War London' * Bookseller * 'Altogether an excellent mystery story, which grips the reader all the way through. Contains many ideas which would interest book groups' * New Books Magazine * 'It is only a question of time before this series hits the television screens, for it is just made for it' * The Irish Times * '(Maisie Dobbs') most engaging adventure so far' * Sydney Morning Herald * Even if detective stories aren't your thing, you'll love Maisie Dobbs * New Woman * 'For readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P D James's, Maisie Dobbs is spot on' * Boston Globe * A terrific mystery ... Intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read * Observer * Feisty, working-class heroine Maisie is a deliberate throwback to the sleuthettes of old-fashioned crime writing. The well-plotted story, its characters and the picture of London between the wars are decidedly romantic. American readers loved it; many Brits will, too. * Guardian * A wry and immensely readable beginning to what promises to be a vivid new addition to crime fiction * Praise for MAISIE DOBBS, Daily Mail * A heroine to cherish * New York Times * A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century * Elizabeth George * The British counterpart to Alexander McCall Smith's The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency * Associated Press * 'These clever mysteries, their period settings and the unusual character of Maisie herself are bang on target for the classic crime buyer' * Sue Baker, Publishing News * 'In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created -- she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!' * Alexander McCall Smith *show more

About Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear was born and grew up in Kent. The Maisie Dobbs mysteries have won acclaim from readers and reviewers alike, and have been nominated for many awards. The first two novels in the series, Maisie Dobbs and Birds of a Feather are available now in paperback, published by John Murray.show more

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20,015 ratings
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4 48% (9,563)
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Pardonable Lies is the third book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, uses her unique skills to tease from a thirteen-year-old girl the circumstances of her "uncle's" death. Avril Jarvis is the prime suspect, but Maisie doubts her guilt, and sends Billy Beale to Avril's hometown of Taunton to do some investigating. Meanwhile, Lord Julian Compton asks aisie to take on a case for a friend, Sir Cecil Lawton, QC. Maisie's brief is to confirm that Cecil's son, Ralph, died in a plane crash in France during the Great War, some 13 years ago. A reunion with her college friend, Priscilla Partridge (nee Evernden) sees Maisie also agreeing to establish the fate of her eldest brother, Peter, ostensibly another Great War casualty. After some initial research into Ralph Lawton's background in England, Maisie reluctantly travels to France, the scene of her own wartime traumas. Her mentor, Maurice Blanche, insists on accompanying her, a move Maisie finds rather unsettling; she is unsettled, too, by several incidents which lead her to believe her life is in danger. Once again, the narration proceeds at a deliberate pace to cement a plot with several twists. While some details soon become obvious, there are a few intriguing surprises in store for the reader. Maisie's trust in Maurice is compromised; she is involved in accidents in her beloved MG; poisoned chocolates, missing War Office records, a popular politician, secret passages, a gay men's club, psychics and a secret diary all feature. As always, Winspear creates a 1930's world that feels authentic, including rumblings about Nazi Germany. She continues to fill out the background of her regular characters in this enthralling historical mystery.show more
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