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Pardonable Lies

Pardonable Lies

London, 1930. Maisie Dobbs, the renowned psychologist and investigator, receives a most unusual request. She must prove that Sir Cecil Lawton’s son Ralph really is dead.

This is a case that will challenge Maisie in unexpected ways, for Ralph Lawton was an aviator shot down by enemy fire in 1917. To get to the bottom of the mystery, Maisie must travel to the former battlefields of northern France, where she served as a nurse in the Great War and where ghosts of her past still linger. As her investigation moves closer to the truth, Maisie soon uncovers the secrets and lies that some people would prefer remain buried.

‘Maisie Dobbs in a delightful character . . . an enjoyable mystery’ Literary Review
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 7th February 2019

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780719567360


'In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created -- she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!'
Alexander McCall Smith
'These clever mysteries, their period settings and the unusual character of Maisie herself are bang on target for the classic crime buyer'
Sue Baker, Publishing News
The British counterpart to Alexander McCall Smith's The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Associated Press
A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century
Elizabeth George
A heroine to cherish
New York Times
A wry and immensely readable beginning to what promises to be a vivid new addition to crime fiction
Praise for MAISIE DOBBS, Daily Mail
Feisty, working-class heroine Maisie is a deliberate throwback to the sleuthettes of old-fashioned crime writing. The well-plotted story, its characters and the picture of London between the wars are decidedly romantic. American readers loved it; many Brits will, too.
A terrific mystery ... Intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read
'For readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P D James's, Maisie Dobbs is spot on'
Boston Globe
Even if detective stories aren't your thing, you'll love Maisie Dobbs
New Woman
'(Maisie Dobbs') most engaging adventure so far'
Sydney Morning Herald
'It is only a question of time before this series hits the television screens, for it is just made for it'
The Irish Times
'Altogether an excellent mystery story, which grips the reader all the way through. Contains many ideas which would interest book groups'
New Books Magazine
'Wonderfully nostalgic and traditional sleuthing in post-First World War London'
'Maisie Dobbs is a delightful character... The war's long shadow over Maisie and her clients and suspects lends emotional depth to an enjoyable mystery'
Literary Review
'Think Upstairs Downstairs meets Miss Marple - with a touch of chirpy cheerful Cockney from the Dick Van Dyke school'
Yorkshire Post
'The classic crime buyer'
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