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Publisher's Summary

In the third novel of this best-selling 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.

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©2005 Jacqueline Winspear (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Agatha-winner Winspear's engrossing third Maisie Dobbs novel maintains the high quality of its predecessors....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." (Publishers Weekly)

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please find someone else to narrate.

I have just begun Pardonable Lies. I am very disappointed in the narration. I was going to let it pass, but after listening to the very illuminating interview with Jacqueline Winspear which follows Messenger of Truth I feel impelled to say something. These books are quite good. The detection of crime is but one element; the books are very strong anti-war statements. Ms. Winspear’s research is far reaching and her depiction of the physical, moral and psychological devastation in England during and after WW1, and the consequent enforced poverty, is powerful and heartbreaking. Ms. Winspear says in the interview that she actually hears the voices of her characters in her head. This narrator (Orlaugh Cassidy) shows us little in this regard. Frequently a sentimental approach is taken (which blunts an affect) and with a one dimensional painting of the characters. There is seemingly little understanding of who or what it is she is reading. I will make my point with one example: there is a young girl who is introduced in the first chapter of Pardonable Lies and we are given certain information to allow us to know she has undergone a traumatic event. When she finally speaks she has a rather generic cockney sound - it could, in fact, be Billy speaking. This could, perhaps, be passable, but there is no sense that this child has undergone anything, let alone involvement in murder or that she is covered in blood and grime. Rather than being drawn into this child, I was taken altogether out of the story. These are good books and call out for a narrator with an imagination, one who will move the story along in an organic way.

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Problem with part 1

I believe there is file a problem with Part 1 of Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear. I burned this book to CDs and put it on iPod; same issue exists with both devices. I also re-downloaded the file - no change. At about the 293 minute point, the book integrity is lost - it starts repeating - the chapters make no sense based on previous content, previous sections are repeated until 264 minutes from the end of part 1, when it gets back on track.

The story is great; the electronic filefor Part 1 is the problem which Audible needs to fix.

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Maisie Does It Again

I am a Maisie Dobbs fan. I've read her two previous books but I decided to listen to her third--Pardonable Lies. The narration by the author was well done and this made the book very enjoyable to listen to. I also enjoyed the interview with the author at the end of the book.

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Another continued story

The detail continues to amaze. Jacqueline Winspear has an tremendous talent for detail in her portrayal of Maisie Dobbs as her investigative journey takes her to a conclusion to the task in hand.

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Good voice but problems with accent.

I decided to buy this audiobok after hearing the sample. A cultured voice. However I was disconcerted during the reading to hear many mispronounciations of commonly known words. When it came to French words I became very irritated indeed. If the reader does not speak French, she should be aware enough of her ignorance to seek advice on speaking the French words correctly. Surely this is the minimum one can expect from the reader? This lady is either Irish or American, and her good English accent is very acceptable and her voice pleasant. Also her ability to differentiate between the various voices of the protagonists is excellent, but more care should be taken.
I do wish more breaks would be inserted. When the listener is interrupted a vital part of narrative can be missed. Having to go back and listen again to half an hour already heard, just to hear the few lost sentences, is very annoying.
The book is interesting, with several strains to the story and an unusual period in which to set a mystery. It gives an interesting view of a decade little known by today's readers. I enjoyed it very much.

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Great Book

A good mystery, but also a brief and bittersweet account of the first World War from the viewpoint of a strong, no-nonsense woman. I love the main character and would like Audible to get more of Winspear's books.

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Good, but not great.

The story is interesting and mostly well-read, but sometimes Pricilla was too much. I might listen to another sometime - but I wouldn't pay to listen again. I'd rather read the book. I do like all the history tidbits the best.

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Excellent Series

Maisie Dobbs is a unique heroine. Her mysteries are not as much mysteries as puzzles of human nature. I thoroughly enjoy them and each time I am transported back to the era "between the wars." Winspear does a wonderful job of portraying England and the people during this time, and the reader is reminded of the enormous impact that The Great War had on all of the people of the time.

Not the least of those impacted were women of all walks of life and from all classes. Maisie is one of those people with a fascinating background and an intriguing career as a "psychologist/investigator."

The narrator seemed perfect to tell Maisie's story. I look forward to hearing more.

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Excellent!

The story line in this book compliments so many different issues. Winspear does an excellent job making the issues very real for the reader. You get to understand Maisie more in this book. The compassion in this story is it's greatest achievement...bravo!

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Narrator spoiled the story

I an disappointed that Audible continued using Orlaugh Cassiday to narrate the Maisie Dobbs books. Although I am not a native speaker of French, I learned the basics of pronunciation in my first high school class. I love the books, but I will buy them on Kindle rather than Audible, until a narrator who is less ignorant of the French language is available. A Frenchman named Maurice called "Morris"? Really?

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