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Messenger of Truth

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Maisie Dobbs Novels

Jacqueline Winspear

Henry Holt and Co.

Maisie Dobbs investigates the mysterious death of a controversial artist--and World War I veteran--in 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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MESSENGER OF TRUTH (Chapter One)

’Good morning, Miss Bassington-'ope. Come on in out of that cold." Billy Beale, Maisie Dobbs's assistant, stood by the door to the first-floor office as Maisie allowed the visitor to ascend the stairs before her.

"Thank you." Georgina Bassington-Hope glanced at the man, and thought his smile to be infectious, his eyes kind.

"I've brewed a fresh pot of tea for us."

"Thank you, Billy, that will be just the ticket, it's brassy out there today." Maisie smiled in return at Billy as she directed Georgina into the room.

Three chairs had been

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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Jacqueline Winspear's historical mystery novel Messenger of Truth, book 4 in her Maisie Dobbs 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 isn't so sure. When the authorities refuse to consider her theory that Nick was murdered, Georgina seeks out an old classmate from Girton College, M

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"In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been createdshe 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
 
"[A] detective series to savor."—Johanna McGeary, Time
 
“Fantastic. Think of Miss Marple, younger, prettier and not tied to St. Mary Mead.”—Toronto Globe and Mail
 
 “For readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P.D. James’s Cordelia Gray, Maisie Dobbs is spot on.”—Boston Globe
 
“Who would have thought it? A prim 1930s gumshoe is one of the freshest, most modern heroines in recent memory … Maisie Dobbs takes her place in the upper echelon of literary female detectives, right next to Kinsey Milhone and Kay Scarpetta..”— Bookpage*
 

“When people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear…What makes the British-reared, award-winning Winspear so special is her ability to write convincing historical fiction…In this series, Winspear chronicles the uncharted, sometimes rocky path chosen by her protagonist and delivers results that are educational, unique and wonderful.”—USA Today

 

“Keep her series about the astonishing Maisie Dobbs alive and as fresh as new paint…In each book, Winspear has used a crime to widen our vision of what life was like in England in the years after the war.”—Chicago Tribune

"In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been createdshe 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
 
"[A] detective series to savor."—Johanna McGeary, Time
 
“Fantastic. Think of Miss Marple, younger, prettier and not tied to St. Mary Mead.”—Toronto Globe and Mail
 
 “For readers yearning for the calm and insightful intelligence of a main character like P.D. James’s Cordelia Gray, Maisie Dobbs is spot on.”—Boston Globe
 
“Who would have thought it? A prim 1930s gumshoe is one of the freshest, most modern heroines in recent memory … Maisie Dobbs takes her place in the upper echelon of literary female detectives, right next to Kinsey Milhone and Kay Scarpetta..”— Bookpage*
 

“When people ask me to recommend an author, one name consistently comes to mind: Jacqueline Winspear…What makes the British-reared, award-winning Winspear so special is her ability to write convincing historical fiction…In this series, Winspear chronicles the uncharted, sometimes rocky path chosen by her protagonist and delivers results that are educational, unique and wonderful.”—USA Today

 

“Keep her series about the astonishing Maisie Dobbs alive and as fresh as new paint…In each book, Winspear has used a crime to widen our vision of what life was like in England in the years after the war.”—Chicago Tribune

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  • Jacqueline Winspear

  • Jacqueline Winspear is the author of three previous Maisie Dobbs novels, Maisie Dobbs, Birds of a Feather and Pardonable Lies. Maisie Dobbs won the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity Awards, and Birds of a Feather won the Agatha Award. Originally from the U.K., Winspear now lives in California.
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    Messenger of Truth

    A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    Maisie Dobbs Novels

    Jacqueline Winspear

    Agatha Awards - Nominee, Macavity Award - Nominee
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