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Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel | [Jacqueline Winspear]

Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a famed Mayfair gallery, the controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident, but Nick's twin sister, Georgina, isn't so sure. For help with this case, Georgina seeks out Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator.
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London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a famed Mayfair gallery, the controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident, but Nick's twin sister, Georgina, isn't so sure. For help with this case, Georgina seeks out Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. Before long, the evidence surrounding Nick's death leads Maisie to the beaches of Dungeness in Kent and the underbelly of London's art world, in another confrontation with the perilous legacy of the Great War.

Following up on the best-selling Pardonable Lies, Jacqueline Winspear here delivers another vivid, thrilling, and utterly unique episode in the life of Maisie Dobbs.

Don't miss other titles in the Maisie Dobbs series.

©2006 Jacqueline Winspear; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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    karen 08-12-09
    karen 08-12-09
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    "Excellent book!"

    I'd never heard of the author or 'Maisie Dobbs' before, but since the locale and time period are of interest, I decided to take a chance.

    Lucky decision.

    There's so much of value in this book, all in addition to the perfectly acceptable plot and complex, well-formed characters.

    Maisie Dobbs is one of the newly-independent women in England, forced to become so because so many millions of men were killed or damaged during the Great War, they had no alternative to supporting themselves. She becomes an inquiry agent -- and this is one of her cases. She's also a psychologist, and througout the book, her psychological insights help her find the answers she was hired to find.

    If you like 'period' mysteries -- Anne Perry, Charles Todd, Victoria Thompson, Michael Cox -- you'll like this series.

    I like the detection alpects of these books, of course I do. But beyond that, it's all the tidbits of information the author includes -- how people lived, dressed, spoke, thought and interacted -- that adds to the charm.

    A bunus in the audio version is a half-hour interview with the author, who tells how hard she works to keep the books technically accurate. Of particular interest were her comments about how words bounce back and forth between the continents, coming into vogue here or there, at various times throughout the centuries. For example, the word "smog" was in use in 1904 London -- we just think it's a modern term.

    I'm looking for more "Maisie Dobbs" books -- and hope they're all narrated by Orlagh Cassidy, who gave a marvelous performance. I was sorry to see the book end.

    "Messenger of Truth" is a fine book in every sense. You won't be disappointed.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Canarylampshade 06-16-07

    lover of books, puzzles, and yarn

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    "Excellent audio!"

    The Maisie Dobbs series is absolutely wonderful -- a great combination of the "traditional British mystery" and the ugly bits of truth and progress that World War One brought to the surface -- the aftermath of war, unemployment, poverty, disease. The fallout from the explosion of the old myths is expertly and interestingly examined through characters that become friends, and complicated story lines. Cassidy's narration is terrific, I've searched for other titles she's done, simply to hear her lovely voice, and crisp, clear narration.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Dr, Julie Jackson 11-05-10 Member Since 2008
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    "liked the narrator"

    Nice characterization. Descent mystery well read. I'll look for this reader again. This book is aimed at a female audience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon College Place, WA, United States 05-14-10
    Jon College Place, WA, United States 05-14-10

    I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well

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    "Fun Listen"

    The series takes place in post WWI England, and is informative in capturing both time and place. Maise Dobbs is a unique personality, easy to like. The story is well-paced and intelligent. The narrator is excellent. I really enjoyed this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Houston, TX, United States 03-18-13
    Michele Houston, TX, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to Messenger of Truth the most enjoyable?

    I am reading all of Massie Dobbs series and this one has a weaker plot. I love the performance.


    Which character – as performed by Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Massie Dobbs


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Wheaton, IL, United States 02-11-13
    Ray Wheaton, IL, United States 02-11-13
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    "More Maisie Dobbs"
    Where does Messenger of Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A typical Maisie Dobbs story: good characterization, excellent verbal images, entertaining storyline.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Good suspense without being overly dramatic or too full of angst.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One of the best readers I have come across. Changes her voice well without overdoing it. Pleasant reading style and pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No criticisms of the narrator. I think I would almost buy something she narrated whether I knew or liked the author.


    Any additional comments?

    Good clean stories. No blood or gory scenarios, clean language, no focus on sexual exploits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 10-03-10
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 10-03-10 Member Since 2012
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    "I love Maisie Dobbs!"

    I do. The books are well written. The characters have lives and growth yet this is all part of the story/mystery rather than extra. This particular mystery is a little sad. Sometimes good people do bad things for the wrong reasons. Excellent narration as usual. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B in CO Denver, CO 04-14-15
    B in CO Denver, CO 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I like this series!"

    I like that Maisie is independent, smart, intuitive and interested in finding the truth. In the environment that she lives in, we learn a lot about the life of a single woman after the war. She is real – has doubts, is willing to take risks, and willing to learn what is out there next.
    I recommend!

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    Pamela Avon, CT, United States 03-11-15
    Pamela Avon, CT, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Great period piece"

    I very much enjoyed this period piece. This is set in the aftermath of The Great War, WW1, in England. It is so rich in details, you feel immersed. Great read.

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    Thomas 07-17-14
    Thomas 07-17-14 Member Since 2015

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    "A Pleasant Surprise."

    Very well done. Most believable. The author shows a very good deal of intelligence, and a good researcher. Overall a very pleasant surprise. I'm buying my second one now.

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