Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
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In the third novel of this bestselling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot’s death

 

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone. Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe. Every once in a while, a detective bursts on the scene who captures readers’ hearts—and imaginations—and doesn’t let go. And so it was with Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs, who made her debut just two years ago in the eponymously titled first book of the series, and is already on her way to becoming a household name.

 

A deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton 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 to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world.

 

In accepting the assignment, Maisie finds her spiritual strength tested, as well as her regard for her mentor, Maurice Blanche. The mission also brings her together once again with her college friend Priscilla Evernden, who served in France and who lost three brothers to the war—one of whom, it turns out, had an intriguing connection to the missing Ralph Lawton.

 

Following on the heels of the triumphant Birds of a Feather, Pardonable Lies is the most compelling installment yet in the chronicles of Maisie Dobbs, “a heroine to cherish” (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review).


  

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Amazing read, superb, excellent characterization! - Goodreads
Strong female character, well written mystery. - Goodreads
Terrific plot and storyline. - Goodreads
great story, many twists, a good ending. - Goodreads
Jacqueline Winspear is a mystery writer worth reading. - Goodreads
The writing is very good, with a “cozy” feel to it. - Goodreads

Review: Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs #3)

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

The mysteries in these books are really secondary for me. There is so much to learn here, about ourselves, the evil that we're capable of, and the hard work of redemption. Read full review

Review: Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs #3)

User Review  - Alyssa - Goodreads

I love this series. Maisie is such a cool character. I love the historical parts and references to World War I. I know so much more about WWII, so it's neat to read about the first war. I like how human Maisie is, and her vulnerabilities start to show a bit more in this book than the first two. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
19
Section 4
27
Section 5
36
Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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About the author (2007)

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of two previous Maisie Dobbs novels, Maisie Dobbs and Birds of a Feather, both BookSense selections. A New York Times Notable Book, Maisie Dobbs has been nominated for seven awards, including the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Novel. The novel won the Agatha and Macavity Awards, as well as the Alex Award for an adult novel suitable for young adults. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in Southern California.

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