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Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Novels) (udgave 2007)

af Jacqueline Winspear

Serier: Maisie Dobbs (4)

MedlemmerAnmeldelserPopularitetGennemsnitlig vurderingOmtaler
1,659727,806 (3.86)155
"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 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 fall come out of the shadows to silence her."--BOOK JACKET.… (mere)
Medlem:meggienina
Titel:Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Novels)
Forfattere:Jacqueline Winspear
Info:Picador (2007), Paperback, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:historical fiction, mystery, maisie dobbs

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It was just OK, I may have to give myself a little time away from Maisie before reading another one. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
Maisie Dobbs, book 4. I’m so used to reading e-books now that I ended up reading a Kindle edition from the library even though I had a hardcover edition available to me by midway through. Book 5 I have a friend’s autographed hardcover and it will be fun to read a “real” book again, and sans plastic library cover. I’m reading this series out loud to a friend.

This one has the usual wit & humor, and the psychological insight, and suspense at times too.

One incredibly sad happening the death of Billy’s daughter Lizzy due to diphtheria partly due to hesitating to seek out medical care because of financial worries

The Great Depression is being dealt with now, as WWI was and is. My friend and I were disappointed that in earlier books the 1918 flu pandemic was barely mentioned. Given our current pandemic we’d been looking forward to seeing how these characters handled it.

This book was interesting. I liked the art world aspect of it.

These books so far have all been 4-1/2 stars for me. Rounding up or down is not an easy decision. I know I’m enjoying them more than I would were I reading them on my own. My friend and I tend to have the same sense of humor and similar sensibilities, and know what kind of personal meaning certain plot points and relationship issues have for ourselves and each other. Great fun! I would enjoy this series no matter what. Maisie is a great character as are all the regular more minor characters & guest characters and as are the locations described. The author is a fabulous storyteller.

ETA: One of my favorite things about these books is the absence of black and white and the presence of shades of gray. ( )
  Lisa2013 | Dec 12, 2020 |
Maisie Dobbs is reluctantly approached by Georgina Bassington-Hope, an investigative journalist in WWI, to investigate the accidental death of her twin brother Nicholas Bassington-Hope. Nick was installing a very secret painting exhibition of his work when he fell from a scaffold breaking his neck. His sister is not convinced it was an accident. The search for clues takes Maisie to a windswept beach where Nick lived in a repurposed train car and to the Bassington-Hope estate that is vibrantly decorated by the residents. Nick has an older sister, Noelle, and a younger brother Harry who is a trumpet player. His parents, Piers and Emma are also artists. Maisie has moved into her own apartment and Billy is dealing with a very sick child. There are undercurrents of the arising Hitler in Germany, Mosley in England. ( )
  baughga | Oct 17, 2020 |
As I wrote in my review of the 1st novel in the Maisie Dobbs series,

From the moment I met the character of Maisie Dobbs, I loved her and couldn't wait to see her succeed in the opening of her very own office on Warren Street, "M. Dobbs, Trade and Personal Investigations" and to learn her backstory.

The year is now 1930, and readers of the series have known Maisie since Jacqueline Winspear introduced her to us as a woman that became a psychologist and investigator in the late 1920s following her service for England as a nurse on the battlefields of WWI France.

After reading "Messenger of Truth" at the end of March-beginning of April of this year I was so deeply touched by Maisie's experiences as she investigates a case for client Georgina Bassington-Hope that I could not write my review right away. As time continued to pass regardless of the times I passed the title on the list I couldn’t write the review. I finally realized that in order to write about the novel I needed to read it again. It truly was a necessity for me as I felt the call to read the author's descriptions of this time period of Maisie's life again of both her personal growth and also her progression of solving the inquiry for fellow Girton graduate Georgina.

Anyone that knows me well is aware how rare the occasion for me to re-read any book as there are so many novels that are always on my wish-to-read list and by the authors that I’ve yet to discover. That said, time spent with the writing of Jacqueline Winspear is always an enlightening experience. The series of Maisie Dobbs not only opens a view of history to life in England after World War I but conveys with exquisite writing the complexities of life from its beauty to its horrors and for me has touched some of the deepest parts of my heart and soul and at times putting into words thoughts felt but always left unspoken.

"Messenger of Truth" conveys Maisie’s humanity as well as recognition of her own fragility after recovery from a breakdown that occurred after she returned to the site in France of her most painful WWI memories. This story also shows that as part of Maisie’s recovery she becomes more determined to move forward not only in her personal life but to give her best to her investigations using all of her life experiences, the teachings of her father to those realized as a household maid for employer and suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, studies at Girton, and under the mentorship of Maurice Blanche. It is beautiful to read of the way in which she mentors her employee Billy Beale and a young woman named Sandra. I have found the character of Maisie Dobbs to be very insightful but particularly in this novel as she recognizes qualities of herself and accepts herself for who she has become and needs to be going forward. There is also insight to Georgina the journalist expressing herself with words and her twin brother Nick the artist expressing himself with the color, texture, and light of his art.

To be sure Jacqueline Winspear is an artist of her own merit and talent with words and I am profoundly touched by perceptions shared through her writing. I look forward to reading more about Maisie Dobbs. ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Sep 14, 2020 |
3.5 I'll try the next book in the series. If this had been my first exposure I wouldn't have kept going on the series. ( )
  SleepyBooksandCakes | Aug 22, 2020 |
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MESSENGER OF TRUTH is something of a transitional book... the plot hinges on distant conflicts that have no immediacy, and the real issue seems to be whether Maisie will find a way “to move on, to dance with life again” — and, one hopes, to recover her original vocation.
tilføjet af y2pk | RedigerNew York Times, Marilyn Stasio (Aug 27, 2006)
 

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I am no longer an artist interested and anxious. I am a messanger who will bring back word from the men who are fighting to those who want the war to go on forever. Feeble, inarticulate, will be my message, but it will have a bitter truth, and may it burn in their lousy souls. -- Paul Nash, Artist 1899-1946
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"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 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 fall come out of the shadows to silence her."--BOOK JACKET.

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