Maisie Dobbs Bundle #1, Pardonable Lies and Messenger of Truth: Books 3 and 4 in the New York Times Bestselling Series [NOOK Book]

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Maisie Dobbs Bundle #1, Pardonable Liesand Messenger of Truth

Books 3 and 4 in the New York TimesBestselling Series

 

"An outstanding historical series . . . deeply empathetic.” (The New York Times Book Review)


Pardonable Lies, by Jacqueline Winspear
(Maisie Dobbs novel #3)

In the third novel of this unique and masterly crime series, a...

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Maisie Dobbs Bundle #1, Pardonable Lies and Messenger of Truth: Books 3 and 4 in the New York Times Bestselling Series

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Overview

Maisie Dobbs Bundle #1, Pardonable Liesand Messenger of Truth

Books 3 and 4 in the New York TimesBestselling Series

 

"An outstanding historical series . . . deeply empathetic.” (The New York Times Book Review)


Pardonable Lies, by Jacqueline Winspear
(Maisie Dobbs novel #3)

In the third novel of this unique and masterly crime series, a deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton, KC, to seek the aid of Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. As Maisie soon learns, Agnes Lawton never accepted that her aviator son was killed in the Great War, a torment that led her not only to the edge of madness but also to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world.  Set against a finely drawn portrait of life between the World Wars, Pardonable Lies is "a thrilling mystery that will enthrall fans of Jacqueline Winspear's heroine and likely win her new ones" (Detroit Free Press).

Messenger of Truth, by Jacqueline Winspear
(Maisie Dobbs novel #4)

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. In Messenger of Truth, a Sue Feder/Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery Award nominee, Jacqueline Winspear delivers another vivid, thrilling, and utterly unique episode in the life of Maisie Dobbs.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429994651
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: Maisie Dobbs Series
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 39,386
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Winspear


Jacqueline Winspear is the author of An Incomplete Revenge—a New York Times bestseller—and seven other Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

Biography

Lovers of British mysteries and historical novels will find something to appreciate in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs books. Maisie, a housemaid-turned-student-turned-nurse-turned private investigator in early 20th-century London, manages to straddle Britain's class system by being a woman of exceptional "bearing" and intellect who happens to come from working-class stock. As an investigator, she's green, but sharp and ambitious. She's also surrounded by vividly sketched secondary players, such as her benefactor, Lady Rowan, and mentor Maurice Blanche.

In Winspear's first Maisie story, we learn the character's background: Forced by family circumstances to go to work as a housemaid at an early age, Maisie Dobbs' curiosity and intellect are noticed by her employer, Lady Rowan. Rowan takes care of her education, and she makes it to university – but the Great War interrupts her ambitions. She serves as a nurse in France, then returns to England and starts her career as a private investigator in 1929. Her first case seems like a simple investigation into infidelity; it grows into something larger when it leads realizes there's something amiss at a convalescent home for war veterans called The Retreat.

Winspear's talent didn't go unnoticed when her first novel was published in July 2003. Maisie Dobbs was named in "best" lists in both the New York Times and Publishers Weekly. It was also nominated in the best novel category for an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. There was an almost palpable sense of relief in the reviews, pleasant surprise that someone had offered not only a solid addition to the historical mystery genre, but had given it further depth and breadth. As an NPR reviewer put it, "[The book's] intelligent eccentricity offers relief."

Telling Maisie's stories using a warm third-person narrator, Winspear charms with her ability to convey the historical context surrounding her characters, particularly regarding the impact of the Great War. For this reason, and because her mysteries steer clear of graphic violence or sex, her books are often recommended for younger readers also. Far from hardboiled, Winspear's characters are very human, and she delivers a little romance and heartache along with the criminal wrongdoing.

Part of the appeal in Winspear's books also lies in her ability to bring a deeper, more philosophical atmosphere to the proceedings. Maisie is trained in Freudian psychology and is as interested in helping as she is in solving. A case referenced in the second Maisie story, Birds of a Feather, for example, "would not be filed away until those whose lives were touched by her investigation had reached a certain peace with her findings, with themselves, and with one another." Reading Winspear's Dobbs series may not bring inner peace, but there is something relaxing about spending time with her appealing characters.

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Winspear also works as a creative coach. She writes on her web site, "As a coach I am engaged by those who want to establish clear intentions for their artistic endeavors, to support and encourage so that they sustain a level of energy and empowerment which is demonstrated in work that is rewarding, inspiring -- and finished!" Winspear also writes about international education.

Winspear loves outdoor pursuits such as horseback riding, hiking, sailing, and mountain biking; she's also an avid traveler, according to her web site bio.

In our interview, Winspear shared some fun facts about herself:

"My first ever job after college was as a flight attendant. I wanted to travel and could not afford it, so I decided to get myself a job where I could travel. I did it for two years and had great fun."

"My worst-ever job was in an egg-packing factory when I was 16."

"I love dogs, horses and generally all animals. I will always stop to check on stray dogs -- I once ended up in the emergency room with a tick embedded in me which had jumped off a dog I had rescued from a busy road. It was a deer tick, which carries Lyme Disease, so I wasn't taking any chances. Funnily enough, when I opened the only magazine in the emergency room, it was to a page carrying an article on tick bites and disease. It stated that you have six hours after the tick embeds itself, before it begins to release the bacteria that cause disease. I counted the hours from rescuing the dog, and by the time the doctor came in I was pleading, ‘Get this thing out of me!!!'"

"My favorite way to unwind is to go for a walk with my husband and the dog at the end of the working day, then we go to our local health club for a swim and to sit by the pool and read for a while. I love time with family and friends, but completely relish time on my own when I have no agenda to follow, no to-do's, just me and time alone."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jackie Winspear
    2. Hometown:
      Ojai, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 30, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Weald of Kent, England
    1. Education:
      The University of London’s Institute of Education
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

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    Maisie Dobbs is unforgettable!

    I read the first Maisie Dobbs book a few months ago and was immediately hooked. Recently, while on vacation, I whipped through books 3 through 8 in the series. I feel like Maisie is now one of my best friends. Jacqueline Winspear is an excellent writer and I hope book 10 in the series is well underway. Her characters are wonderful as are her settings. I am totally enthralled with London between the two World Wars, a city where society was changing at a rapid pace. The way each book hearkens back in some way to the Great War but also foreshadows World War II is compelling. The mysteries are interesting and there is always an ethical dilemna involved. Pardonable Lies is my second favorite of the books with The Mapping of Love and Death the one I like best. This bundled set of books 3 and 4 is a good value. I wish some of the rest were already bundled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Highly recommended

    A wonderful book. Have read four of her books and they are all wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Story line was excellent, thoroughly enjoy it.

    Maisie is extremely clever, and the plot was exciting.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    More Maisie at Value Pricing!

    For those who, like me, are now addicted to Maisie Dobbs, 'Investigator and Psychologist,' this bundle of the 3rd and 4th books in the series is an economic godsend. Read my review of the first in the series, the eponymous "Maisie Dobbs," to see my overall assessment of the series. The books just get better and better, and these two are no exception. With each volume, Maisie becomes more mature and more accomplished, her cases become more complex, and her supporting cast of characters becomes more diverse and challenging. The writing is smart and the action crisp. Along with a good cuppa, who can ask for more?

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