Messenger of Truth

Messenger of Truth

Large Print - 2007
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New York Times bestseller.

"What makes this book delightful is how Winspear shows Maisie's emotional development amid the bitter legacy of the Great War ... Strongly recommended." - Library Journal.

London 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a Mayfair gallery controversial artist Nick Bassington--Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident but Nick's twin sister Georgina isn't convinced so she seeks out a fellow college graduate Maisie Dobbs psychologist and investigator for help. Before long the case leads Maisie to the beaches of Dungeness and into the sinister underbelly of the city's art world where she uncovers the perilous legacy of the Great War in a society struggling to recollect itself.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2007, c2006
ISBN: 9781585479269
Branch Call Number: LP MYS WIN
Characteristics: 414 p. ; 23 cm


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Aug 16, 2016

I disliked many things about this story. I really only kept going because it's part of a series and I wanted to follow the progress of the characters, but let's just say during the first half of the story I found myself sighing a lot. Jacqueline Winspear can be tiresome, as can the character of Maisie herself. This is the first book where I can honestly say I was shocked several times by Maisie's lack of sensitivity. The story picked up for me in the second half, where the plot began to develop some interesting twists. (If only a reviewer on goodreads hadn't revealed the "whodunnit"! I don't think I would have guessed otherwise.) I am giving this story a low rating for many reasons, but I will keep reading the series.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Aug 16, 2015

Maisie Dobbs' fourth outing continues to explore the toll that the first World War took on the generation that lived through it (despite the fact that the mystery, at first glance, doesn't seem to have anything to do with the war) in ways that I find very interesting and satisfying. Maisie's personal growth through the series continues to satisfy as well; so glad there are numerous more installments for me to read.

Jul 11, 2015

Winspear excels at describing how the wounds of war extend beyond it. She presents art and writing and seekers of truth (including those in the process of solving a crime) as messengers on how to recover from war.

Oct 24, 2014

In 1931, Nick, a controversial artist preparing for the opening of a show falls to his death from the scaffolding. The police declare it an accident, but his sister, Georgina, a fellow graduate of Girton with Maisie, believes it's murder. She asks Maisie to investigate. This investigation leads to his studio on the south coast, where she discovers danger to herself, as well as clues to what's going on. As always, Maisie makes her own decisions about what to do with the information she uncovers with her unconventional methods.


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Jul 11, 2015

He made a beeline for Maisie, though the men who came behind the beast could not see his quarry. For her part, Maisie became still and silent, sitting down on the middle step and closing her eyes. She relaxed every muscle, as if to meditate, calming her mind and body so that she felt no fear. The bounding dog halted his gallop. Instead he stood before her, as if weighing instinct against training, then lay down at her feet, subdued. p 250

Jul 11, 2015

Pictures and shapes, even if constructed with words, can tell us more than just talking back and forth... p 254

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