Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs, #4)
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Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs #4)

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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 inf...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published January 1st 2006)
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Hannah
Rating Clarification: 2.5 stars

This series seems to be getting weaker and weaker, or more likely I'm getting more and more 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 characte...more
Peggy
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,...more
Nicole
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...more
Marianne
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 fe...more
Sharon
Oct 27, 2007 Sharon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anglophiles, Sally Lockhart fans
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 r...more
Carol Storm
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 a...more
Linette
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 more action, less reflection. Not quite as good as the earlier books, still a wonderful series and I will continue by reading the next one.
Rusty
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...more
Barbara Mitchell
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 a...more
Rick Fisher
"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 more 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 t...more
Valerie
Not my favorite of the series so far in regards to the mystery but what I did love was the art angle this book took. This time, Maisie's case revolves around Nick Bassington-Hope, an artist who has died under what may be suspicious circumstances. As Maisie is investigating the death, she has to understand Nick's art, a lot of which deals with the war. It just so happens that I focused my Art History studies in college around this time period because I find it so fascinating how major events in o...more
Alexis Villery
Set in London after the Great War, Maise Dobbs has quite a mystery on her hands. Nicholas Bassingon-Hope, upcoming artist, has fallen to his death. His sister Georgina feels in her heart that her twin brother has been murdered and when the police do not believe her, she turns to Maisie. Without any clues to point to murder, Maisie takes the case, determined to bring peace to the Bassington-Hope family one way or the other.

Before I write anything else, I have to state how much I LOVE this cover....more
Carol
A war does not end with an Armistice. The fall-out goes on and on, as long as the survivors are alive. And maybe longer. Ms. Winspear sets her series of murder mysteries in London and environs just in-between the two world wars. Her plots involve the lingering effects of war, the reactions and feelings of those survivors, as well as the plight of ordinary citizens at a time of financial recession. Her sleuth, Maisie Dobbs, an unmarried still-young woman who has risen from the servant class to th...more
Kathy Davie
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 Take
In 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...more
Donna
Masie is hired by the sister of an artist whose death may not have been the accident it seemed. As she investigates her client's unconventional family, she again confronts the troubles facing England in the aftermath of the war. The story takes her through scenes of privilege and poverty, all while she's trying to come to grips with the direction of her own life.

In a first for this series, I felt like I was ahead of Masie's investigation. The murderer and motive jumped right out of me. In the ot...more
Ariel
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 o...more
Sheila
I started in the middle of the series since my local library did not have the first few available. I was very happy to find that I was able to get into the story without having read the beginning books. Although I am going to go back and read them.
Maisie Dobbs is an independent woman in England and is not following in the footsteps of other women her age. The experiences that have led her to her current occupation as an investigator are alluded to as well as her humble background. She went to a...more
Phillip
It is something of a challenge to respond to the fourth book in a series of novels that I have been reading in rapid succession. I think the element that most impressed me in this novel, even though it has been present in each of the others, is the mission Ms. Winspear's protagonist, Maisie Dobbs, pursues to not merely discover the truth, but to bring healing to all parties involved.

Once again, the ravages of World War I haunt the various cast of characters as they deal with the apparently accid...more
Nancy
I am a great fan of Winspear's Maisie Dobbs books but this particular one just didn't appeal to me.

Maisie has a budding reputation as a psychologist and investigator with uncanny sensitivity and intuition. Her intuition was totally intact in this book but she could have used a training session on interpersonal relationships. She blew off her lover with little explanation (and less regret) and she was barely civil to her benefactress, and then her mentor, when they attempted to "connect" with her...more
E.J. Stevens
Messenger Of Truth, the fourth book in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series, is filled with a pervasive melancholy that casts its shadow upon Massie and her clients. Jacqueline Winspear masterfully creates a tangled emotional web in which Maisie, with her fine-tuned skills of sensitivity, is ensnared. The war is over but the devastation and dire economic situation have resulted in crime, disease, death and desperation throughout Maisie’s beloved London. When Miss Dobbs is called upon by a fellow form...more
DJ
This is the 4th book in Ms Winspears "Maisie Dobbs" series.
I have previously read the first one, and I do think that I have possibly missed out on the evolution of the characters by coming in to this book without reading the middle 2 books.....
Whilst I loved Maisies character in the first book, there was something just a little too" preachy" for my taste, hence my previous comment.
In saying that,I adored the way that this story was put together and showed the after effects of WW1 on Britain. I t...more
Danette
I cannot get enough of Maisie Dobbs!
I am addicted. I love the narrator also ~ Orlagh Cassidy. She does a fabulous job. I feel like I am in the middle of the story. Maisie and all the characters are alive to me.
At this point people are trying to live through the after effects of The Great War while the times around them whisper of the next World War that is approaching.
The insights into the feelings of the characters are deeply moving to me.
I love this author.
There is a wonderful interview with...more
Susan
I was a bit disappointed with this entry in the Maisie Dobbs series. It seems like Maisie was called upon for the same old, same old - find out how someone really died as in one of the previous entries. While the backstory was interesting enough, I found it hard to like Georgina for whatever reason. I also found alot of the art stuff boring and that made of the story drag.

However, I still enjoy Maisie as a character and her sidekick Billy. I just wish I'd enjoyed this more. Sincerely hope the n...more
Kate
Maisie Dobbs in her own digs, in the Depression, being a little more newagey than I like, but solving an interesting case of an artist's death. I always enjoy the history in these - as always WWI, but this time with some discussion of propaganda and art, and the politics of the Depression. Odd, though, that the characters are finding art frivolous - I'm not sure I believe these characters would really feel the way they seem too. In addition, they are less well-defined as they've been in previous...more
Scott
I love Maisie Dobbs more with each book. This is a mystery with a strong female detective. That's a good start for me. But beyond that, the author continues her elegy on war, embodied in Maisie's struggle out of her trauma experience of WWI. And as Maisie moves toward WWII, Winspeer also sneaks in some economic commentary through the difficult life of Maisie's assistant. All of this feeds the narrative rather than disrupting it. What I take away is a rich narrative experience that leaves me thin...more
Andree
I probably shouldn't have read this entire book this evening, but I did.

I continue to really love this series. It's really well done. The art angle was cool

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Ruby Rose Scarlett
Maisie books are just so incredibly sad and this one is no exception. The investigation doesn't really move on until the very end but what an end! I was deeply interested in Maisie's foray into the world of artists and the author's use of the trauma of WWI was all the more poignant as it was coupled with some heavy WWII foreshadowing. I'm really looking forward to seeing how Winspear writes about the rise of nazism in the next few books. A very good novel indeed.
Damaskcat
Maisie Dobbs is approached by Georgina Bassington-Hope to investigate the apparently accidental death of her brother Nicholas. The police have already investigated but Georgina is not convinced that it was an accident. Against a background of a worsening economic situation and problems for her assistant, Billy Beale, Maisie must try and get to the bottom of the mysteries which apparently surround the dead man as well as resolving some problems in her own private life.

This is an exciting story wi...more
Olivia
Another intriguing Maisie Dobbs mystery.

Out of all the characters, I liked Nick Bassington-Hope the best and he was deceased the entire way through.

Winspear has created an ice-block of a main character which, I believe, makes it possible for her to sermonise about the deplorable state of the nation after WWII. There were a number if times where I cringed at Maisie's patronising tones & she should have been modern upset than she was by Dene's administrations occer hype phone. She is always e...more
Jessica
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 M...more
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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 li...more
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