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Messenger of Truth
Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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Maisie Dobbs investigates the mysterious death of a controversial artistand World War I veteranin the fourth entry in the bestselling series London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a famed Mayfair gallery, the controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident, but Nick's twin sister, Georgina, a wartime journalist and a infamous figure in her own right, isn't convinced. When the authorities refuse to consider her theory that Nick was murdered, Georgina seeks out a fellow graduate from Girton College, Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, for help. Nick was a veteran of World War I, and before long the case leads Maisie to the desolate beaches of Dungeness in Kent, and into the sinister underbelly of the city's art world. In Messenger of Truth, Maisie once again uncovers the perilous legacy of the Great War in a society struggling to recollect itself. But to solve the mystery of Nick's death, Maisie will have to keep her head as the forces behind the artist's fall 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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BooksAtNight
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I read the Maisie Dobbs series because I find the historical details fascinating and I‘m always down for stories featuring female sleuths. I do like that Maisie is not always perfect - she has her moments of falling apart, of snapping at people, and of not doing enough. Sometimes I roll my eyes at some of the “Maisie figures things out by instinct” moments, but overall, I do enjoy the series. The audiobooks have been great so far!

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ColleenIsReading
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Loved this. I started the Maisie Dobbs series last fall, this is #4 and they keep getting better! Happy hoopla has so many of them. Also, this counts as “female detective” for #booked2019!

4thhouseontheleft I also think this series gets better as it progresses! 12mo
Cinfhen Well done!! 12mo
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SheReadsAndWrites
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This was my female detective choice for #Booked2019 My all time favorite female book character is Amelia Peabody, but Maisie Dobbs is fast becoming a close second. I LOVE this character. I'm so happy there are so many books in the series. Always something to read....🤓❤️
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Cinfhen Great job!! I see so many people use that reading app!! Can u only use it if u read on your phone??? Also tagging our third cohost, the lovely @BarbaraTheBibliophage ❤️ 12mo
Crazeedi Maisel is wonderful 12mo
SheReadsAndWrites It's an app on the phone but you just keep track of your reading time. I use it for all types of books. @Cinfhen And I thought I tagged her!! Did I miss her? Sorry ☹️ 12mo
Cinfhen I thought her name wasn‘t there... but now it is 😂😂😂Thanks for the info about Bookly!! 12mo
SheReadsAndWrites You are most welcome @Cinfhen It's a great app. And a really easy way to track reading time. 12mo
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Happy Saturday #littens I have had to read a ton for school this week so I am excited to have a day to read whatever I want. I want to work on the reading challenges I signed up for!! 😬🤓 #reading #allday #saturday

4thhouseontheleft Omg, I thought your spotted pup was a blanket! I‘m still not completely sure.. 😂 12mo
4thhouseontheleft That‘s some good camouflage skills. 😃😃😃 12mo
SheReadsAndWrites That would be my Great Dane. She does drape herself across the bed like a blanket so it makes sense you would see her as one. 😂 @4thhouseontheleft 12mo
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ColleenIsReading
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I haven‘t kept up with checking in in general or on #24b419 the last couple of days, but I will tally up my total time later tonight. But I did #audioshopping for food this morning and then spent a few hours prepping meals in bags to cook later. I started this book this morning and was surprised to see how much has gone by while working!

Crazeedi Great book, love maise 13mo
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BookaholicNatty
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I also got 4 books from the Maisie Dobbs series!!! I have been wanting to read this series for a long time and have gotten recommendations for it from tons and tons of people! Looking forward to these too! 📚

Quirkybookworm I read one of them. It's different. Interesting I have to read from the begining. I can tell you one thing she's a very strong heroine. 14mo
Gissy Another series in my enormous wish list. I have the first book already😱 14mo
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Louise
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I enjoyed this #audiobook, which deals with the art that is produced in war times and also the efforts made to protect art from looters during war and unrest. The Maisie Dobbs series of mysteries is a great way to learn about how life was for people in England during WWI and beyond.

Blaire Nice. I need to give this series a try. 1y
Louise @Blaire It‘s a nice series. I‘ve been listening to the audiobooks and enjoying them. 1y
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KathyWheeler
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I had a hard time relating to Maisie at first — she seemed cold and distant. Then came book 3, where she became vulnerable and relatable. Now I‘m invested in her story. In this book, she investigates the death of an artist. It‘s, of course, related to the Great War. This is a solid entry in the Maisie Dobbs series.

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BookishMarginalia
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Another #MaisieDobbs winner! (#TrickyCat is draped over my leg, passed out) #CatsofLitsy

Soubhiville It‘s funny how cats can be so comfortable in the most uncomfortable situations! It‘s sweet though! 1y
Crazeedi Love Maise! 1y
ReadZenRites 😻😻😻 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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2BR02B Lovely! ❤ 1y
BookwormM Love owls 🦉 1y
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MCB51

“Grief is not an event, my dear, but a passage, a pilgrimage along a path that allows us to reflect upon the past from points of remembrance held in the soul. At times the way is filled with stones underfoot and we feel pained by our memories, yet on other days the shadows reflect our longing and those happinesses shared.”
-Dame Constance-

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Mollyanna
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Okay... Pulling my thoughts together. This had more of an emotional impact for me then the other Maisie books. Also very apropos for Memorial Day.

Maisie is asked to investigate the death of an artist who served and painted about WWI trench warfare. The novel moved along nicely and the reveal of the artists final work was so well written by Winspear that I could see the painting and feel the emotion of it as I read.

#13inThree at hour 7!

Samplergal Good job! 2y
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Mollyanna
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1. About 50 pages left of this Maisie Dobbs book 👍🏻.
2. Just read...
3. Brats and pasta salad

Thanks to all our veterans out there!

#manicmonday

JoScho Our plans sound the same 😊 2y
Mollyanna @JoScho They are pretty perfect plans... 2y
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Mollyanna
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1. Continuing the Masie Dobbs series...
2. My mom. She read to me when I was young and encouraged me to read as a kid.
3. I‘d read all day if I could (work kinda gets in the way), so for me it‘s in the evening and before bed.
4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
#manicmonday

JoScho I hate that work gets in the way of our reading! 2y
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Lmstraubie
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I looked for chores to do so I could finish this book 🤣🤣🤣 On to book 5! #litsyatoz

Andrew65 😂😂😂😂 2y
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Lmstraubie
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On to book four of the Maisie Dobbs series. Love my audio books - I don't mind folding laundry or changing sheets when I have a good book to listen to. 🙂 📚 #litsyatoz

hes7 This series is so good! 2y
Andrew65 I love this series. 2y
Lmstraubie @hes7 I know!!! 2y
Lmstraubie @Andrew65 It's thanks to you I found it! 2y
Andrew65 @Lmstraubie Glad to be able to help! 😂 2y
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SassyBookworm
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Pickpick

Another great adventure with psychologist & private detective Maisie Dobbs. I love how Maisie is growing into her own self & how she is becoming stronger as an independent woman in such changing times. Not only is the case she works on compelling but I loved how Maisie ended up learning about herself in the people she was serving. Just an overall great read & I can‘t wait to continue on with this wonderful series.

Andrew65 I love this series and they only get better. 2y
SassyBookworm This has been one of my favorite historical fiction series! Have you read the Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal? 2y
Centique Hi Chrysta. Welcome to Litsy! I haven‘t read this series yet but it sounds so good! If you want a commenter on your post to see that you‘ve replied to them you can either include their @ name or if you tap on their comment it will come up with a reply button. (That‘s really the only thing about Litsy that‘s not obvious 😊) 2y
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SassyBookworm @Centique thank you so much for the tip! I definitely appreciate it! But for sure check out the Maisie Dobbs series, it‘s a great historical fiction, British (cozy)mystery. 2y
Centique @Chrysta23 I love a cosy mystery! 2y
Dragon I read my first Maisie Dobbs this year and I really enjoyed it. 😀🐉 2y
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Booknerd2
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Not my favorite in the series but still an above average read!!😊

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Melissa_J
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This is the fourth book in the #MaisieDobbs series, historical mysteries set in England during the 1930s. Definitely give this series a try if you enjoy historical mysteries, or are interested in the lingering effects of the Great War on those who served or lived through it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bluebird I recently moved this series up on my TBR pile thanks to @Andrew65 Guess I should move it to the top and read it this month! 2y
Andrew65 @Bluebird @Melissa_J I've read another couple of these over the past couple of weeks and have now read the first 7 over the past year. I have to say I think book 7 is about my favourite one. Do really love this series. Book 7 seems quite pivotal and could change a number of things for Maisie. 2y
Melissa_J @Andrew65 I really hope Maudie perks up a bit in the next few books. She needs to get a little life in her! 2y
Andrew65 @Melissa_J I think you've hit a key theme of the series, with Maisie and the country SLOWLY coming back to life after the horrors of the First World War. 2y
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Melissa_J
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#rightnow I'm sitting on the deck with a book and a big cup of tea 👍🏻 #AugustGrrrl

As this is a mystery I have to #followtheclues to see how it will end. I'm almost finished but I still can't solve the case! #backtoreading

This month I'm going to try and participate in photo challenges again, after completely failing at them last month 😥

Bklover Me too! I failed at the photo challenges last month. Time to start over! 2y
BibliophileMomma This looks good! 2y
JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏👏‼️❤️ 2y
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Cinfhen Your reading spot looks lovely 😊 glad your back playing along 🎵 2y
Cathythoughts You are so lucky to be near water ?I am too , & everyday I wake up & say " Look where we live !! " ❤️ 2y
Melissa_J @Tiffy_Reads it's the fourth book in a series, so if it interests you I'd start here: 2y
Melissa_J @Cinfhen Thank you! I like your monthly challenges 😊 2y
Melissa_J @Cathythoughts I wish this was my everyday view. I'm at my parent's cottage for the week, my everyday view is typical suburbia 😕 2y
Cathythoughts What a wonderful gift. To visit the cottage of your parents. Sounds like a fairy tale 💫I hope my children feel like you do 💫 (edited) 2y
Melissa_J @Cathythoughts I'm sure they do 😊 My grandparents had a cottage when I was growing up and it was my absolute favourite place in the world. Now my daughter gets to experience cottage life like I did as a youngster thanks to my parents. We are off to swim in the lake in a few minutes 🏊🏻‍♀️ 2y
Cathythoughts Off to swim in the lake ?! Well , that is pretty amazing ! We can't swim here. Enjoy! Sounds like a very special place , how lucky are you !!?! 2y
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Melissa_J
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I'm starting my Sunday off right 📚#currentlyreading

Pruzy Great mug! 2y
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Ncostell
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This is the fourth book in the Maisie Dobbs series and is my favorite so far. The main mystery centered around the death of an artist before the exhibition of his perhaps controversial work. I enjoy seeing Maisie's character evolve through the series and like reading about this time period between the two World Wars.

Lmstraubie I just picked up the 2nd one and am looking forward to reading it. 2y
Ncostell @Lmstraubie That was a good one too, hope you like it! 2y
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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I'm ambivalent about this book. I managed to predict the motive for the murder and the connection of the story of the soldier, but by the end, I couldn't really see it connect with the culprit.

I feel like the author was trying too hard to make all the red herrings plausible, and I didn't get enough set up of the actual perpetrator. I think I'll give this author another shot because I love the time period the book is set in. 🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

chaoticgoodhufflepuff And I seriously do not handle child death very well, so that was a con for me. 3y
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Andrew65
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I loved the very feel of this book and the weave of what at first look seemed to be an accident and not much of anything to investigate. Maisie was on top form investigating this fascinating story and sequence of events, however I felt a little let down (unusually for this series) by the ending. I also would have liked to see Maisie move on more with her life after the last book but can feel it coming. Beware there is a sad element to the story.

Melissa_J You're working quickly through this series 😊 3y
Andrew65 @Melissa_J Yes, two in the last month. It is a very enjoyable series, reminds me in some ways of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, with it's talk of a style of Detecting,and has its own quirkiness like that series. One is set in a different country, Maisie Dobbs is set in a different time. 3y
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Andrew65

"If I am to establish a motive for murder, then I must inhabit the victim, as far as that might be possible. It is my way.” Maisie Dobbs

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Andrew65

Time to return to the 1930's and catch-up with the rather unique private investigator Maisie Dobbs.

Sydsavvy Yes me too!!! 3y
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