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Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Mysteries) (edition 2007)

by Jacqueline Winspear

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Title:Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Mysteries)
Authors:Jacqueline Winspear
Info:Picador (2007), Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Audio books, Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:WWI, mystery, WTG 2012

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My favorite Maisie Dobbs thus far. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Each Maisie book slows me down to appreciate the words and Maisie's slow unraveling of the truth. This one was particularly good. an artist fell to his death in his gallery and his twin believes he was murdered. As Maisie figures it out, she treats each character with consideration. Once again WWI plays a role. This time we learn what some soldiers did to the soldiers who showed fear. ( )
  bereanna | Aug 4, 2015 |
An insightful look at the horrors of the Great War as they continue to reverberate years later. Maisie is asked investigate the accidental death of an iconoclastic realist painter of WW1 battle scenes. The bleak economic world of 30's England is contrasted poignantly against the lives of the rich and famous as she sorts it all out. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jul 26, 2015 |
I usually love the books about Maisie Dobbs, but this one just didn't click. It was slow, confusing, and not a very well-thought through story. Maybe too many words and characters that were not that striking in their description, so it was hard to keep the people apart in the story. I expected better... ( )
  klockrike | Feb 9, 2015 |
Dame Constance refers a Girton alum to Maisie to investigate the death of her brother, an artist from a family of artists. Once again the Great War plays a part in this mystery, but the onset WWII begins to be seen as well. I'll miss Andrew Dene, but look forward to seeing where Maisie goes next. ( )
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MESSENGER OF TRUTH is something of a transitional book... the plot hinges on distant conflicts that have no immediacy, and the real issue seems to be whether Maisie will find a way “to move on, to dance with life again” — and, one hopes, to recover her original vocation.
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I am no longer an artist interested and anxious. I am a messanger who will bring back word from the men who are fighting to those who want the war to go on forever. Feeble, inarticulate, will be my message, but it will have a bitter truth, and may it burn in their lousy souls. -- Paul Nash, Artist 1899-1946
January - You enter the London year - it is cold - it is wet - but there are gulls on the embankment. - from When You Go To London, by H.V. Morton, published 1931
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Dedicated to My Cheef Resurcher (who knows who he is)
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The taxi-cab slowed down alongside the gates of Camden Abbey, a red brick former mansion that seemed even more like a refuge as a bitter sleet swept across the gray forbidding landscape.
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Sue Feder/Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery Award Nominee
 
London, 1931. On the night before the opening of his new and much-anticipated exhibition at a famed Mayfair gallery, Nicholas Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police declare it an accident, but the dead man's twin sister, Georgina, isn't convinced. When the authorities refuse to conduct further investigations, Georgina takes matters into her own hands, seeking out a fellow graduate from Girton College: Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator.
 
The case soon takes Maisie to the desolate beaches of Dungeness in Kent, as well as the sinister underbelly of the city's art world. She again uncovers the dark legacy of the Great War in a society struggling to recollect itself in difficult times. But to solve the mystery of the artist's death, she will have to remain steady as the forces behind his death come out of the shadows to silence her.
 
Jacqueline Winspear delivers another vivid, thrilling, and utterly unique episode in the life of Maisie Dobbs.

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In 1931 London, when artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death before the opening of an exhibition of his work and police refuse to investigate, his journalist sister Georgina enlists the aid of psychologist Maisie Dobbs to uncover the truth.

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