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Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

Pardonable Lies

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Immensely readable and vivid addition to the world of historical crime writing, Jacqueline has evoked the time and place of post first world war Britain quite brilliantly with a brilliantly told mystery that will keep you guessing to the end. Chilling, suspenseful and riveting.

If you like Jacqueline Winspear you might also like to read books by M C Beaton, Martha Grimes and Alexander Mccall Smith.


Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

Much-loved Maisie Dobbs returns to investigate her third case, a thrilling story of family tensions and mysterious deaths in World War I. When Maisie Dobbs is called to a short meeting with Sir Cecil Lawton one summer evening in 1930, little did she realise what she was getting herself into. For Sir Cecil sets her a seemingly impossible challenge. She must prove that his son Ralph, a pilot in the Great War, really did die in action. Maisie's investigation takes her from the world of the English aristocracy, with its secrets and hidden scandals, to the battlefields of France. Not only must she uncover some difficult family truths, but she must also confront her own past, and the turmoil and love that she experienced as a nurse in the war. "Pardonable Lies" is a brilliantly told mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the final pages. It is a wonderful sequel to "Maisie Dobbs and Birds of a Feather", and will win Jacqueline Winspear yet more fans.

About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in Kent and emigrated to the USA in 1990. She has written extensively for journals, newspapers and magazines, and has worked in book publishing on both sides of the Atlantic. The Maisie Dobbs series of crime novels is beloved by readers worldwide..


I met – okay, I’ll be honest – stalked Jacqueline Winspear at a writer’s conference after reading Maisie Dobbs. The titular character of Winspear’s books is one you wish was your best friend. A historically intriguing peek at London in the cradle between two world wars, Winspear creates complex, multi-faceted people and plots that are more psychological studies than standard mystery fare. With Maisie’s skill at understanding people, after spending an afternoon with the “psychological sleuth” you will savor the relaxed feeling of her soothing hand on your brow.

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13th February 2006


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