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Set in 1931 London, Jacqueline Winspear's fourth mystery featuring Maisie Dobbs (Pardonable Lies et al.) finds the intrepid psychologist and investigator up against her most baffling case yet -- the allegedly accidental death of a controversial artist.
Just hours before celebrated British painter Nick Bassington-Hope is scheduled to open a much-anticipated exhibit of his latest work at the renowned Mayfair gallery, he's found dead. The local police rule the death accidental, as all the evidence points to a fall from a scaffold. But Bassington-Hope's twin sister, Georgina, isn't so sure -- in fact, she's certain that someone killed her brother. After being recommended by a Scotland Yard inspector, Dobbs is hired to get to the bottom of the artist's untimely death. But even as her personal life suffers tragedy after tragedy -- her longtime potential beau abruptly ends their "courtship," and her trusted assistant's young child dies of diphtheria -- Dobbs perseveres on and eventually uncovers disturbing secrets surrounding the brilliantly talented artist who could "touch the truth," secrets that some people would kill to keep from being revealed…
Fans who enjoy meticulously researched historical mystery sagas like Sandra Scoppettone's Faye Quick novels (set in 1943 New York City) and Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy (taking place in 1937 Berlin) will absolutely devour Winspear's Maisie Dobbs novels, which immerse readers in a richly described post-WWI England struggling with widespread unemployment, poverty, and political upheaval. Featuring an intuitive, compassionate, and downright endearing protagonist, these historical whodunits are simply irresistible. Paul Goat Allen