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.
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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.
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.
lover of books, puzzles, and yarn
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.
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
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!
Nice characterization. Descent mystery well read. I'll look for this reader again. This book is aimed at a female audience.
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!
My copy of Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear is an audible book through my Kindle. I am a huge fan of the Maisie Dobbs series and of author Jacqueline Winspear. The production of the audible books in this series is fabulous and at the end of the book is an interview with the author – which was a great bonus! Jacqueline Winspear is an amazing author and listening to the interview at the end of the book was a real pleasure. She is passionate about her research into the time-period and history for this series. The narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, once again delivers an amazing performance as Maisie Dobbs.
In Messenger of Truth, Maisie takes a case brought to her by Georgina Bassington-Hope who wants the apparent accidental death of her brother, Nicholas, investigated. Georgina is a journalist who made her mark during the Great War and also attended Girton College like Maisie. Maisie soon discovers that the entire Bassington-Hope family are unusual and all of them have secrets. The majority of the family are artists of some type and their family home is filled with their art creating an unusual “country” home.
Maisie sets about getting involved in the art world to discover truth, but encounters dark secrets instead. Tragedy surrounds many of the artists she meets that points back to their time of service in the Great War. Georgina, herself, is still struggling to find her passion for writing again and seems adrift at the loss of her beloved twin brother.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the lonely, cold beaches in Kent where Maisie must journey several times during her investigation. The reader can feel the isolation and the cold wind from the author’s description. Along these journeys, Maisie’s personal life has some heartache as well as self-discovery. This reader was sad for her doing this book, but hopeful that she will find what truly makes her happy in the books to come.
I am reading all of Massie Dobbs series and this one has a weaker plot. I love the performance.
A typical Maisie Dobbs story: good characterization, excellent verbal images, entertaining storyline.
Good suspense without being overly dramatic or too full of angst.
One of the best readers I have come across. Changes her voice well without overdoing it. Pleasant reading style and pace.
No criticisms of the narrator. I think I would almost buy something she narrated whether I knew or liked the author.
Good clean stories. No blood or gory scenarios, clean language, no focus on sexual exploits.
I enjoyed this book, as I have the other books in the series that I have listened to - an engaging central character, insightful depiction of the period in which the story takes place, and a lively performance.
A poor narrator can ruin a good story. It is a shame that the producers of this audiobook decided to use an American narrator for an English character. Although Orlagh Cassidy has a pleasant timbre to her voice, she is absolutely the wrong person to narrate the Maisie Dobbs audiobooks. She goes so overboard in her effort to sound English, that she mispronounces even the simplest words - it is extremely irritating listening to her.
She does not apply distinct voices to her characters. Sometimes it is even difficult to determine if a man or a woman is speaking. And she has some very odd ways of pronouncing her words. "Applauding" is pronounced "applodding". "Walk" is pronounced "wok". And even the simplest French word - "Bonjour" - is pronounced "Bonjerr". I could go on and on. I am not sure if this is an affectation or if she really thinks she sounds British, but I personally think it is very distracting, and destroys my enjoyment of the story itself.
I wish that either of the first two narrators (for Books 1 & 2) had continued with this series - both were excellent. As is the Maisie Dobbs series itself - I love a character driven whodunit, and Jacqueline Winspear had created one of the best characters in the genre. But I see that Orlagh Cassidy has unfortunately been selected as the narrator for the rest of the series, and after listening to her for books 3 & 4 (I did try to give her a chance!), I just can't stand it anymore. She has so turned me off that I will not continue the series in audio.
I will buy the books instead.
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