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Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Mysteries)


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ISBN13: 9780312426217
ISBN10: 0312426216
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A new Maisie Dobbs novel from award-winning author Jacqueline Winspear


In the third novel of this unique and masterly crime series, a deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton, KC, to seek the aid of Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. As Maisie soon learns, Agnes Lawton never accepted that her aviator son was killed in the Great War, a torment that led her not only to the edge of madness but also to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world. Determined to prove Ralph Lawton either dead or alive, Maisie is plunged into a case that tests her spiritual strength, as well as her regard for her mentor, Maurice Blanche. The mission will bring her to France and reunite her with her old friend Priscilla Evernden, who lost three brothers in the war, one of whom has an intriguing connection to the case.

Set against a finely drawn portrait of life between the World Wars, Pardonable Lies is "a thrilling mystery that will enthrall fans of Jacqueline Winspear's heroine and likely win her new ones" (Detroit Free Press).


In the third novel of this bestselling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful World War I memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of two previous Maisie Dobbs novels, Maisie Dobbs and Birds of a Feather, which won the Agatha Award for Best Novel. A New York Times Notable Book, Maisie Dobbs was nominated for a record eight awards, including the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel, and won both the Agatha and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel, as well as the Alex Award for an adult novel suitable for young adults. Born in England, Winspear now lives in California.

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Ellen Simmons, June 25, 2012 (view all comments by Ellen Simmons)
Jacqueline Winspear has created an unforgettable and intriguing heroine in "Psychologist-Investigator" Maisie Dobbs. The series runs to nine books now, and this third offering is astonishing in it's depth and scope. Miss Dobbs is a modern woman, shaped and haunted by the Great War, in which she served as a nurse on the front in France. Her unusual past forms all her thoughts and actions. Maisie is not your usual sleuth; she uses meditation and yoga and doesn't close her cases until ALL participants, even the 'baddies,' are cared for. I love all the books I've read and plan to read and purchase every one. The Maisie Dobbs series will be one to read again and again for the depth and breadth of the characters and settings in these remarkable post-WWI novels. Highly recommended!
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Debra Hamel/, November 19, 2006 (view all comments by Debra Hamel/
Pardonable Lies is the third installment in Jacqueline Winspear's series of historical mysteries. This outing finds Maisie juggling three cases, two of them related: both an old friend and a prominent barrister charge Maisie with investigating the fate of their loved ones, a brother and son respectively, who were listed among the dead of the Great War. What happened to the men in fact proves to be more interesting than anything that was reported to their families. The cases bring Maisie back to France, which in 1930 hardly resembles the shell-shocked landscape she knew as a nurse in 1914. Winspear's books are cozies: there is no wallowing in the gory specifics of blood and guts. But Pardonable Lies is not a light read. The aftershocks of a war that claimed so many lives and ripped Europe apart are felt everywhere and provide the series with a poignant backdrop.
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Product Details

Winspear, Jacqueline
Picador USA
Mystery & Detective - General
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Mystery & Detective - Historical
World War, 1914-1918
Air pilots, Military
Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Maisie Dobbs Novels
Series Volume:
No. 3
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8.26 x 5.63 x 0.7 in

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