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Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 3)
Pardonable Lies - Maisie Dobbs, Bk 3
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780805078978
ISBN-10: 0805078975
Publication Date: 8/10/2005
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 68 ratings
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 2
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jennifer-in-paradise avatar reviewed Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 3) on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I'm really blown away by Jacqueline Winspear's writing. It is not by chance that her books have been nominated for and won so many awards. I am reading her books in sequence so this is #3 for me. I simply love how she weaves her story lines and the fact that her characters are not black nor white -- but truly complex. And learning about WWI is an added bonus because before reading her 3 novels, I really didn't know much about it at all other than millions of soldiers lost their lives. It's so nice to read a book that is not full of blood, guts, sex and terror. I am truly enjoying this series.
Ladyslott avatar reviewed Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 3) on + 113 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Pardonable Lies in the 3rd entry in the Maisie Dobbs series and again the author creates an atmospheric novel, set in the times between the two world wars.

Maisie Dobbs is an investigator/psychologist who is asked to look into 3 cases, a young girl accused of murdering her stepfather, a man who wishes to know for certain his son died in the Great War and her close friend Priscilla Partridge asks her to locate where her brother Peter died during his time in service. Slowly the three cases become entwined and Maisie must face her own memories of the war. With her life at risk her admiration and friendship with her mentor Maurice Blanche is put to an extreme test and her faith is badly shaken.

Winspear really knows how to evoke an era of class structure, a nation still in recovery from the destruction inflicted by a World War, of people and families destroyed, damaged and haunted by the conflict. The characters, particularly Maisie are so well developed; there are so many shades of gray nobody is all good or all evil. Some lies are pardonable when there is a no win situation. The writing is very well done and the mysteries are complex and brought to satisfying conclusions. I did have a problem with the solution to the last mystery, it seemed a little Nancy Drew like, but that is my sole complaint in a gem of an addition to a wonderful series.
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reviewed Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 3) on + 62 more book reviews
Love this series and this was the best so far!
philomene avatar reviewed Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 3) on + 23 more book reviews
MP G. (philomene) - CT: Pardonnable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

I just finished this wonderful third installmebt in the Maisie Dobbs series. Maisi, Psychologist and Investigator, tackles two cases in which she is asked to search for a soldier missing since the Great War, She succeeds admirably, but not before confronting her own terrifying memories of her service there and barely eluding the efforts of someone bent on killing her. It's a very satisfying and interesting read. I can't wait to read her next book, which is already on it's way to me from PBS.
roxannebcb avatar reviewed Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 3) on
I love Maisie Dobbs. This is a great series with a strong heroine. Also very interesting twists regarding investigative techniques. Different from any other books I have read.
JK avatar reviewed Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 3) on + 139 more book reviews
This series makes WWI and its aftermath very real to the modern reader. In this episode, Maisie searches for a missing man, presumed dead, and finds a link to her friend Priscilla's favorite brother, who also died in the war.
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The third Maisie Dobbs novel in which Maisie learns new things about herself...and others.
reviewed Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, Bk 3) on + 39 more book reviews
Great read.....A Maisie Dobbs Novel

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