Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, has handled many difficult cases since she opened her office in Fitzroy Square, London. But few requests have been as unusual as the one she receives from Sir Cedric Lawton on a September evening in 1930: She must prove that his son Ralph really is dead. This is a case that will challenge Maisie in ...Read MoreMaisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, has handled many difficult cases since she opened her office in Fitzroy Square, London. But few requests have been as unusual as the one she receives from Sir Cedric Lawton on a September evening in 1930: She must prove that his son Ralph really is dead. This is a case that will challenge Maisie in unexpected ways. For Ralph Lawton was an aviator shot down by enemy fire in 1917. If she is to get to the bottom of the mystery, Maisie must make the journey across the Channel to Northern France, where she spent time as a nurse in the Great War. And she soon realises that on the old battlefields, ghosts still linger. For Maisie, this investigation raises far more questions than answers. Before she can reach the truth, she must first uncover the secrets and lies that some people would prefer remain buriedRead Less
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I enjoyed this book as I have all of the adventures of Maisie Dobbs. I love the setting of England in the 30s and her way of solving her cases by a lot of leg work.
Jan 20, 2011
Everything was perfect: service, condition, and read. Maisie Dobbs, investigator and psychologist, works in post WWI England. The research is superb, I enjoy exploring the history as much as the mystery.
Oct 11, 2007
Really loved this one
Jacquiline Winspear does it again with another unforgettable Maisie Dobbs story. Maisie is personable and is not the typical sleuth that one might expect. She breathes a new life into this profession and proves time and again that besides her work she is a human being in her own right searching for answers and working out challenges in her personal life. Pardonable lies has all the intrigue of a good mystery along with enough surprises for the reader. One can only appreciate the title of this book upon its completion.
Jul 13, 2007
Pardonable Lies:a Maisie Dobbs novel
Wonderful mystery novel set around the time of the first world war. Lots of attention to detail about the era and the main character is finely drawn. Pardonable Lies is the third in a series of four books featuring Maisie Dobbs and the books are best read in sequence as the story follows on from book to book. As well as solving mysteries, Maisie Dobbs makes the reader think about the varied reasons that make people do what they do and invites the reader to go beyond the surface. It is a very well told story and the writing is excellent. When I had finished the books I wished that there could be more.
Jun 21, 2007
Social lies, lies to make things easier for grieving families, lies to preserve face...eveyone lies. But what are the unimportant lies and how can you discern them from important truths? And when is silence best? This is a novel of layers; of passing from youthful trust to mature understanding with an edge of betrayal. A mother's dying request to an unwilling husband involves Maisie in the amorphous question of existence. Did the son die? She meets an old friend who lost three brothers in the war, one of whom had a tenuous connection with the missing (?) man. But why is there no information on him? What really happened in a quiet area of France? When should you speak? When should you ignore truth and lie through your teeth, and when is such pervarication pardonable? Maisie works herself through the mystery and the moral questions with her customary courage and verve. Worth reading.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-25 Agatha-winner Winspear's engrossing third Maisie Dobbs novel maintains the high quality of its predecessors, Maisie Dobbs (2003) and Birds of a Feather (2004). In late 1930, the London "psychologist and investigator" gets involved in three cases: proving the innocence of a 13-year-old farm girl, Avril Jarvis, accused of murder; undertaking a search for Sir Cecil Lawton's only son, a pilot shot down behind enemy lines in WWI, whose body was never recovered; and looking into the circumstances of the death of her university friend Priscilla Evernden Partridge's brother in France during the war. Maisie must go back to the region where, 13 years earlier, she served as a nurse, and confront her memories of mud, blood and loss. Filled with convincing characters, this is a complex tale of healing, of truth and half-truth, of long-held secrets, some, perhaps, to be held forever. Winspear writes seamlessly, enriching the whole with vivid details of English life on a variety of social levels. Agent, Amy Rennert. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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