Messenger of Truth

Messenger of Truth

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Book - 2006
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Maisie Dobbs investigates the mysterious death of a controversial artist - and World War I veteran - in the fourth entry in the bestselling series 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, a wartime journalist and a infamous figure in her own right, isn't convinced. When the authorities refuse to consider her theory that Nick was murdered, Georgina seeks out a fellow graduate from Girton College, Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, for help. Nick was a veteran of World War I, and before long the case leads Maisie to the desolate beaches of Dungeness in Kent, and into the sinister underbelly of the city's art world. In Messenger of Truth , Maisie once again uncovers the perilous legacy of the Great War in a society struggling to recollect itself. But to solve the mystery of Nick's death, Maisie will have to keep her head as the forces behind the artist's fall come out of the shadows to silence her. Following on the bestselling Pardonable Lies , Jacqueline Winspear delivers another vivid, thrilling, and utterly unique episode in the life of Maisie Dobbs.
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805078985
0805078983
Branch Call Number: M WIN
Characteristics: 322 p. ;,25 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.

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marthabwaters
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.

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behere
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.

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DorisWaggoner
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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behere
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

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behere
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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