Messenger of Truth

Messenger of Truth London On the night before the opening of his new and much anticipated exhibition at a famed Mayfair gallery Nicholas Bassington Hope falls to his death The police declare the fall an accident

  • Title: Messenger of Truth
  • Author: Jacqueline Winspear
  • ISBN: 9780805078985
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • London, 1931 On the night before the opening of his new and much anticipated exhibition at a famed Mayfair gallery, Nicholas Bassington Hope falls to his death The police declare the fall an accident, but the dead man s twin sister, Georgina, isn t convinced When the authorities refuse to conduct further investigations and close the case, Georgina a journalist and infLondon, 1931 On the night before the opening of his new and much anticipated exhibition at a famed Mayfair gallery, Nicholas Bassington Hope falls to his death The police declare the fall an accident, but the dead man s twin sister, Georgina, isn t convinced When the authorities refuse to conduct further investigations and close the case, Georgina a journalist and infamous figure in her own right takes matters into her own hands, seeking out a fellow graduate from Girton College Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator.The case soon takes Maisie to the desolate beaches of Dungeness in Kent, as well as the sinister underbelly of the city s art world And while navigating her way into the heart of the aristocratic yet bohemian Bassington Hopes, Maisie is deeply troubled by the tragedy of another, quite different family in need.In Messenger of Truth, Maisie Dobbs again uncovers the dark legacy of the Great War in a society struggling to recollect itself in difficult times But to solve the mystery of the artist s death, she will have to remain steady as the forces behind his death come out of the shadows to silence her.Following on the bestselling Pardonable Lies, Jacqueline Winspear delivers another vivid, thrilling, and utterly unique episode in the life of Maisie Dobbs.

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    About “Jacqueline Winspear

    • Jacqueline Winspear

      Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England Following higher education at the University of London s Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK.She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business and as a personal professional coach, Jacqueline embarked upon a life long dream to be a writer.A regular contributor to journals covering international education, Jacqueline has published articles in women s magazines and has also recorded her essays for KQED radio in San Francisco She currently divides her time between Ojai and the San Francisco Bay Area and is a regular visitor to the United Kingdom and Europe.Jacqueline is the author of the New York Times bestsellers A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, and other nationally bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex,and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel and was a New York TimesNotable Book.Series Maisie Dobbsuscmillan author jacque

    315 thoughts on “Messenger of Truth

    • Three stars for a book which contained some things I liked but sadly some that I did not care for I liked the setting and the details about life in post war England I quite enjoyed the mystery although the ending was a little weak I liked Maisie as a main character but she would be so much better if she did not endlessly evaluate her life And I could wish that the author had never decided to bring in the psychic aspect at all I am sure Maisie s talent for sleuthing and her intelligence and train [...]


    • Rating Clarification 2.5 starsThis series seems to be getting weaker and weaker, or likely I m getting and fed up with Maisie Dobbs New Age Geru Detective Extroidinaire 4 in the series finds Maisie on the hunt to determine whether her client s artist brother fell from some scaffolding, or was pushed to his death on the eve of his big art exhibition Along the way, Maisie discovers an appreciation for ART , and Winspear tries to breath some color and emotion into her character as a result, but [...]


    • WARNING You are about to enter a twisted, angry review where every innocent question hides a deadly and maleficent SPOILER What kind of mystery novel spends two hundred pages trying to tell you nothing but how goofed up the murder victim s relatives are What kind of detective spends all her time holding hands with twits like the dead man s sister, then nabs the killer without even trying on the last page What kind of idiot gets into a shoving match with his father while standing high atop a rick [...]


    • This book, the fourth in the series, is a failure as a mystery Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate a death that might be murder, and eventually she uncovers not only the truth but also a smuggling ring Unfortunately, although the reader can follow the trail of the smugglers, the resolution of the central death seems to depend on Maisie s psychic abilities abilities that the reader doesn t have The resolution makes sense, but it seems to come out of the blue.There are, however, a number of reaso [...]


    • I m a Maisie Dobbs fan Her character is developing over the series In this book, she tests her independence on several fronts professionally, by not calling on her mentor, Maurice Blanche, domestically, by living alone, and romantically, by separating from her suitor She is investigating the death of an artist, meanwhile observing much about the society around her 1931, London , including veterans, the brutality of war, the rise of fascism, class differences, poverty, family relationships, and a [...]


    • This was my latest experience with Maisie Dobbs, the post WWI British heroine created by Jacqueline Winspear This fourth book in the series was good, but somehow I didn t enjoy it as much as the third three don t know why I highly recommend the whole series though I was excited to read in the p.s section of the third book, Messenger of Truth , that the series will be adapted for British television and that Winspear envisioned Anthony Hopkins and Maggie Smith as playing roles, although I don t kn [...]


    • 3.5 starsSo after reading the third Maisie book, I was kind of on a Great War mysteries kick so I decided to continue on with the next book in the series, Messenger of Truth.I was impressed with how the third book developed and the next book sounded equally as intriguing that I just couldn t help myself.As I have said before in other reviews of this series, I felt less than connected to Maisie on occasion, but as the series goes on I feel like I m able to connect to her a little with each book [...]


    • Messenger of Truth is the fourth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British born American author, Jacqueline Winspear When the death of controversial artist Nicholas Bassington Hope, from a fall whilst setting up his latest exhibition, is ruled as accidental, his twin sister Georgina is unconvinced Georgina, an outspoken journalist, seeks out the help of Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator In the course of her investigations, Maisie meets the bohemian Bassington Hope family, Nick s fello [...]


    • I like these Maisie Dobb books They are somewhat light, but thoroughly intriguing mysteries, and there is always the historical element that Jacqueline Winspear adds to the tale This time it s 1931 and an artist dies while setting up his latest exhibit The authorities think it s an accident The dead man s twin sister thinks it might be something else and contacts Maisie to look into it Turns out, there is something to it Maisie has some uncanny abilities to see than what is on the surface in a [...]


    • Oh, my goodness Holy shit, Batman I am blown away by this series and Winspear s writing This is so very much than just a mystery or a venture into historical fiction is some of the most thought provoking introspective fiction I have read Especially this, the fourth installment in the series I cried Not bawling, but I cried Winspear is absolutely one of the very best authors at making me FEEL as the characters FEEL No wonder I stayed up much of last night reading this I have loved all four thus [...]


    • The Maisie Dobbs series is than just a collection of stories about a female sleuth tumbling headlong into private investigation Jacqueline Winspear takes Maisie s intriguing cases and weaves in historical events and social issues in England in the years after WWI Maisie and her sidekick Billy Beale are an interesting duo Their investigative dance is quite graceful, especially given their opposite personalities and lifestyles They are a good pair In Messenger of Truth, Winspear once again presen [...]


    • I have read other Maisie Dobbs books and enjoyed them This much less so It was hard going for a start I began to find I was not picking and felt the book was solely directed at a transatlantic readership Why else should an English writer spell neighbor thus At one point the protagonist goes through the turnstile at a London Underground station We don t have such, but they are a feature of the New York subway Then again, she hasn t checked her facts She says that the railway carriage cottages at [...]


    • I have been reading along all of the books in this series fairly quickly until I got to this one It is so sad I had to put it aside for awhile before finishing it The problem for me in this book is that I am starting to not like Maisie very much Would it have killed her to go check on Billy s daughter when she found out she was sick She was after all a nurse and she knew that he didn t have the money to take her to the doctor She could have at least given him the money He has put himself out for [...]


    • The story was good and the details excellent, as usual for this series However, the pacing was just too the same all the way through on this book thoughtful, careful, considered Needed action, less reflection Not quite as good as the earlier books, still a wonderful series and I will continue by reading the next one.


    • This series seems to be going downhill I want to scream every time she says Maisie inclined her head In the beginning of the series, I thought Maisie was this strong character but she has morphed in a self righteous, smug person.


    • Maisie and I need to have some time away from each other She s so cold and conceited these days Her ever increasing super powers are grating.


    • This was one of the best of the series Lots of World War I memories influence, an appearance by Oswald Mosley, some interesting characters whose feelings are really explored I don t know why I hadn t read this one before, since I ve read the rest of the books and am usually fairly OCD about reading a series in orderybe it wasn t available at the library when I should have read it At any rate, I m glad I read it now It reminded me of what I enjoyed about the Maisie Dobbs books when I first starte [...]


    • I have written to the publishers of this book saying that I d love to see a collaboration of this author and the author of the Phryne Fisher series.They re both independant single women working at the same vocation, in the same time period, and solving mysteries, but with very different methods How neat it would be for them to meet and solve a mystery together.


    • Once again, loving all the character development with Maisie Liked that there was less traveling in this one.Hard lives for many of these characters and we re getting foreshadowing of the impending WWII.


    • For months now I ve been reading other bloggers reviews of Jacqueline Winspear s Maisie Dobbs mysteries Everyone likes them So, I looked in the box of books given to me a while ago and found Messenger of Truth This isn t the first in the series, but I don t usually have the opportunity to read a series in order so I plunged right in.This story is set in London in 1931 The setting is of a changed city after World War I where some women have taken on new types of jobs but the poor are still almost [...]


    • The fourth installment in the Maisie Dobbs series finds Maisie investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a well known artist after being hired by the artist s twin sister Her investigation leads her to discover both bonds and strife within the given family, while also putting her onto the scent of a possible smuggling ring.Overall the story was enjoyable, but it was also my least favorite in the series so far I have read numerous reviews now with people saying they don t think Mai [...]


    • Messenger of Truth is a another wonderful mystery by Jacqueline Winspear This series continues to impress and draw me in Maisie Dobbs is an incredible character And, she becomes endearing with each new case we get to indulge in with her.There are a few moments when things move at a slower pace As with each previous novel, these are segments when our heroine spends time lamenting about her past, or her musing about her abilities or even broadly speculating about her case And even though slow, th [...]


    • This is the fourth book in the Maisie Dobbs series, and it s a winner The setting is 1931 in London This is a time in the UK when there is a lot of poverty and hopelessness The Great War is over but for the few that did return jobs are hard to come by A lot of walking wounded are out and about and everyone that participated in some way during the war is trying to start life anew with the great sadness of the war carried in all their hearts Unemployment is high Disease is running rampant Maisie i [...]


    • It s 1931 in London when an emerging artist, Nicholas Bassington Hope, dies in a fall from the scaffolding from which he is hanging paintings for his latest and most talked about show Is it an accident or murder Nicholas twin sister, Georgina, believes that it is murder and hires Maisie Dobbs to investigate and find out.In the process Maisie discovers much about herself Her determination to be a self supporting and independent woman in a time of change leads her to evaluate her romantic life, he [...]


    • Closer to 3.5 this is the first Maisie Dobbs book that hasn t been a 4 for me Everything just seemed to drag along for quite a while, altho it did definitely redeem itself in the last quarter Lots of introspection maybe too much and much thinking about endings and beginnings makes me wonder what the next book will bring


    • I really enjoy Maisie Dobbs I like how she works and how she is almost seemingly not even investigating just gathering information and then it all ties together It s also interesting watching her grow as a person in each book and how her personal life keeps evolving.



    • Fourth in the Maisie Dobbs historical mystery set in December 1930 London and revolving around a woman who incorporates a meditative psychology with her detective work My TakeIn this story, we explore the lives of artists, painters, a writer, and a musician What makes them tick, the places they work What spurs them on As for the coast at Dungeness, I don t think it has anything to do with all the red herrings in this.Oh, god, this was so incredibly sad Such talent ended A family devastated Then [...]



    • 3.0 out of 5Interesting character in a so so mystery set post World War I Maisie is an interesting character that reminded me a bit of Charles Todd s Inspector Rutledge in that both were victims of psychological trauma during the war and turned to detecting as part of their healing process.I enjoyed the historical background and glimpse of what life might have been like during the period after the war.


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