London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a Mayfair gallery, controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. ...Show synopsisLondon, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a Mayfair gallery, controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident, but Nicks twin sister, Georgina isnt convinced, so she seeks out a fellow college graduate, Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, for help. Before long the case leads Maisie to the beaches of Dungeness, and into the sinister underbelly of the citys art world where she uncovers the perilous legacy of the Great War in a society struggling to recollect itself.Hide synopsis
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As I said about the third Maisie Dobbs book upon reading it. It is an excellent book as far as the general heading of Mystery Novels go, but as far as a Maisie Dobbs book goes, it is just good.
The latest two installments, I feel, have lacked the character development of Maisie Dobbs I loved in the first two. Not that extensive character development isn't there, but it was even more present in Maisie Dobbs and Birds of a Feather. Maisie's personality was more pleasant then as well. Now that she is older and more confident in her abilities, I find her snippy and downright rude at times. Perhaps she is just becoming more human! At any rate she remains entertaining.
The mystery angle of the book is quite compelling, if not pieced together quite well at the end. Anyone familiar with the plot line of the books will recall that Maisie usually accepts a case and the finds herself stumbling upon an interrelated deeper mystery and/or personal discovery. The way these elements were tied into the client's case in this book was almost a little too tidy and concise....the reader's are told that Maisie knows the answer, but we have little to no information to build our own theory before seeing if it is the correct one or not. So, if you like to solve the mystery yourself before the last page is turned, this one may leave you a feeling a little miffed at the end.
The secondary characters (the Bassington-Hope family) are quite well done though and will be a very good diversion. The young man whose death Maisie is investigating is very interesting indeed.
As said at the top, this book gets an excellent because it is of the top shelf variety of the mysteries out there, but it is a second shelf Maise Dobbs book.
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