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Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  20,956 Ratings  ·  1,544 Reviews
In the third novel of this bestselling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

A deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton to seek the aid of Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator. As Maisie soon learns, Agnes Lawton never accepted that h
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published January 1st 2005)
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Margaret H.
I just can't get behind these books. I keep reading them because I am a sucker for mysteries set in England between the two wars, and because Maisie is definitely a lovable character. I also enjoy them because Winspear has the good sense to describe in detail all the beautiful period clothing. The mysteries themselves, however, are thoroughly unsatisfying. I don't like Maisie's empathy method, where merely by mimicking people's posture, she suddenly knows their innermost thoughts. I don't like t ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: The young policewoman stood in the corner of the room. Plain whitewashed walls, a heavy wooden door, a wooden table with two chairs, and one small window with frosted glass rendered the room soulless. It was a cold afternoon and she had been in the corner since coming on duty two hours ago, her only company the rumpled and bent girl sitting in the chair that faced the wall. Others had come into the room to sit in the second chair: first Detective Inspector Richard Stratton with Detectiv ...more
Kathy Davie
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, mystery
Third in the Maisie Dobbs historical mystery series revolving around Maisie, a detective using meditation and psychology to solve her cases. This story takes place over the summer of 1930 in England and France.

My Take
Another pip from Winspear. It's hard to believe that Winspear is a contemporary author writing today as she really brings this period to life. She really knows how to dig in and write so that I felt as though I was there in 1930 England. The evolution of the telephone. The manners,
#3 in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series, and this outing finds Maisie returning to Post-WWI France in a 2-fold mission to determine for a client that his son is, in fact, truely dead, and to help her friend to find out more about her brother's wartime activities.

While I liked this offering, I felt it was the weakest in the series so far. Maisie is beginning to grate. She's very unlikable IMO and has these strange new-agey powers that just don't mesh with the 1930's background. That being said, I s
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a teacher, it’s interesting and delightful to see a writer’s craft develop. I believe I am witnessing that development of art and skill in Jacqueline Winspear. With each book in the Maisie Dobbs series, she is just better. The plots have seemed to have more “pizzazz” and the characters just get rounder and rounder. I really liked that this book was in three sections, with the first section set in England, the second in France, and the last back in England. As in the previous books, the linger ...more
Lynn Pribus
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the series and they get better as they go. While I found the first too heavy on backstory,this one moves along At the end of the audio-book, there was a ten minute interview with the author who said she had always done non-fiction.

She was stuck in a traffic jam in London when Maisie walked up out of the underground and appeared to Winspear almost fully realized. There were scenes that came to her while she was writing the first book, that she knew belong in the second or th
Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, #3) - Nevisande : Jacqueline Winspear - ISBN : 312426216 - ISBN13 : 9780312426217 - Dar 359 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2005
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My fifth Masie Dobbs novel and the best so far containing some fantastic and intricate plotting as Masie investigates two cases at the same time, with red herrings, secrets and intrigue. (I don’t want to say too much about the actual story as it would spoil the experience of it unravelling as you read.)

Although I can’t confirm the veracity of the historical context and information, Jacqueline Winspear, as always, seems to do a fantastic job of creating 1930’s England, with references not only t
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I've now read seven of Winspear's Maisie Dobbs novels and, although I enjoyed all of them, this was one of the most satisfying.

Set in post WW1 Britain, Maisie was a battlefront nurse, injured during the war. The series takes us through her maturation and professional development as a psychologist and investigator. The strength of the series is the author's gift for recreating time and place. It doesn't take much imagination to stroll through post-war London and feel the pain of the families and
I picked this up on a whim because I thought I'd give Maisie Dobbs one more chance (I was really annoyed with the last book, but I really love historical mysteries and want to love this series). On the plus side, Maisie herself was a LOT less irritating and condescending this time around (in other words, I didn't want to punch her every five pages, like last time). Unfortunately, the new-age, woo bullshit is just utterly pervasive in this one, with Maurice babbling on philosophically to distract ...more
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara by: Sue Drees
I have long intended to read this series, because it was recommended by a respected GR Friend.I was going to start with #1; but this book jumped out at me from the shelf in the library. How could I deny it a chance? (I hope that I don't regret starting at #3!)


As I had feared, I think I should not have started with Book 3 of this series. I cannot say much about this novel because it did not move me. As most of my friends know, I do enjoy mysteries, but
I am already a huge fan of the Maise Dobbs' series, but this 3rd book was absolutely perfect. The narrator was excellent and pleasing to listen to throughout.

This book has so many mysteries with links to each other that hte reader is "holding on for dear life" until the conclusion. I wasn't able to guess what would happen next - so had to keep listening!

I love the depth of Maisie's character. She is never silly or neglectful with her work or her personal life. Her past experiences of loss make
Nancy (essayist)
Probably 3.5 stars. I'm of two minds about this series. I love the time period, the historical detail, the setting, the mysteries, and the idea of a self-possessed, intelligent woman finding a way for herself. But there's always something depressing about these books, too. Certainly there's an elegiac tone, but it's almost as if Winspear has decided no one can ever be happy again in the wake of the war. I'm sure that's true for some, but all the joy just seems sucked out of this world. Just once ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars! Three stars for the "mystery" part of the book, but 4 stars for character development. No matter how painful it is, we must truly mourn and experience the grief that horrible events bring to our life. There's no use in running away, and Maisie finally learns that.
Yet another amazing read in this series!! And there was not just one person following and/or attempting to stop Maisie--permanently! I appreciate perhaps the most about Winspear's writing the fact that Maisie herself sometimes decides to evade the "whole truth" when all parties will be happier and better satisfied with their lives not knowing everything... That requires such courage. I don't know if I could do that. It would be a tough decision, and although Maisie agonizes, she is quite satisfi ...more
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I really like this mystery series. Love the setting and sense of place. Characters are well rounded and I like the way the author tells a story. This time we get to see Maisie grow as she confronts some ghosts from the past while on a visit to France. I had part of the mystery figured out but that didn't stop me from enjoying the story.

That being said, I didn't quite understand the psychic resolution. Did that come out of the blue or did I miss something at the beginning of the story? I went bac
This is the third in the Maisie Dobbs series, which I am enjoying. They are a light and easy read, which is sometimes just what my mind needs!! I'm not overly interested in the Eastern mystical elements of Maisie Dobbs novels, but I enjoy reading about the inter-World-War period and it's always nice to read a book with a strong female main character - although Maisie is not as strong in this one, since she has to deal with some demons from the past which leave her rather vulnerable.
May 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelly by: Garzon's list
Didn't like it
The Lit Bitch
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had a love hate relationship with the Maisie Dobbs books over the years. I read the first one and just wasn’t overly impressed but I pressed on and read the second and again felt like I wasn’t connecting with the series in the way that I had hoped.

But I keep pushing myself to read them because not only do I love the covers but I love the time period! I love books set either during the Great War or in the years immediately following in England.

This should be a series that I fell in love wi
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book this is!
I was so happy to get re-acquintated with Maisie Dobbs and her unorthodox methods, Billy, Maurice Blanche, and all their clients. I adore the setting in in-between-war London - England, and the story was both believable and thrilling. It is definitely not the typical mystery, but the research of the time, the portrait of the characters, and the setting is so convincing.
Joy H.
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Added 5/11/11
This was a good cozy mystery. There were parts that dragged a bit, but, all in all, the story was a good one. I find that some of author Winspear's sentences are too wordy. For example: "Tavistock opened the gate into a no-man's-land dividing two houses, and then to the back where, between the two gardens, a Cross of Sacrifice rose toward the dark clouds, ever watchful over a small walled cemetery." Winspear also gives a good deal of attention to the clothes which the characters are
Maisie Dobbs is hired to help a man honor his late wife’s final wish, even though her new client seems more interested in fulfilling an obligation than in finding out what really happened to the son he lost in the war. The case takes Maisie back through her own past when she revisits her early spiritualist investigations, her old school friends, and the days she spent as a nurse in WWI era France.

It always takes me some time to settle in to the style of a new Maisie book. They have a very differ
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maisie Dobbs is such a likable character. She's strong, discerning, compassionate and yet haunted by her experiences of WWI. I thought I was reading book 2 in the series but this is #3. Happily they can be read out of order without feeling like I missed something. Jacqueline's writing style makes me want more. On on this detective kick. I've recently watched a batch of Miss Marple movies too. Maybe it's my car getting stolen that makes me crave the detective inside me to develop. Or that escapin ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

As part of the lead in to March’s Month of Maisie Readalong I get to dip into the earlier tales of Maisie’s adventures in preparation for reading her newest story, In This Grave Hour, in the middle of Maisie month.

Pardonable Lies was Maisie’s third outing, and even though it is set in 1930, the clouds of World War II are already looming over the horizon. And even though the meat of her case here concerns the Great War now over a decade in the past, it is th
Debbie Floyd
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-given-away
I finished this 3rd book in the series yesterday and as Maisie develops her skills as an investigator and psychologist, we also witness Maisie starting to come to terms with the horror she witnessed during WW I. Masie's feelings as she works to solve 3 cases which lead her along some of the same paths she traveled during the war brings to light more of what Maisie has been keeping locked away and which in some ways has shaped her to this point in her life. Her experiences as a nurse during the w ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarja uues osas tuleb südikal eradetektiivil tegeleda kolme juhtumiga. Kaks neist on omavahel seotud. Sir Cecil Lawton  palkab Maisie otsimaks tõendeid, et ta poeg Ralph tõepoolest hukkus sõjas. Nimelt oli Lawtoni naine Agnes kindlalt veendunud, et poeg jäi ellu ja on lihtsalt teadmata kadunud. Agnes käis mitmete selgeltnägijate juures oma usule kinnitust saamas ning vannutas meest veel surivoodilgi asja uurima. Kui Maisie sõbranna Priscilla Evernden kuuleb Lawtonist lepingust, siis palub ta Mai ...more
Renee Davis
I love listening to the Maisie Dobbs books, which I discovered during the holidays last year. Decided to return to Maisie’s world again as the holidays drew to a close this year.

This is the third book, and it might be my favorite so far (I loved the scenes in France, and the way the various mysteries intertwined.)
In this the third book in the series, Maisie Dobbs takes on three new cases. Two of them intersect with each other and have troubling links to Maisie's WW1 experiences. She must return to France and face her own inner demons. In addition to that, someone is stalking her and seems to wish her harm. Maisie must watch her back.
Good book. Rather more than just another cozy mystery.
(Aside: Looking over the reviews, it seems that almost all the readers of this series are women. I suppose I must be a r
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, as usual. Love Maisie
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good read and more what I expect from the author and the characters. Maisie is growing and dealing with the baggage from her past during WWI all the while solving a couple of particularly gnarly problems.
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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
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