Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear is a British mystery with the added
flair of attracting readers who also enjoy historical fiction as
well as a touch of the paranormal.
Maisie Dobbs is an
investigator with extraordinary powers of observation and a keen
sense of humor that will immediately draw the reader into the
story. Although I have not read her other books, the author
does an excellent job of informing the reader of Maisie's former
triumphs in the field of detective work as well as introducing new
readers to a string of characters who help Maisie solve the
mystery. This particular book deals with a son killed in the
war and the quest of parents to find out the truth about his
death. It also involves a young girl accused of murder and a
friend with a missing brother. And, finally, Maisie's life is
threatened as she attempts to find the truth of all these matters.
I cannot say that this is a blockbuster mystery, but
certainly the fans of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
should give Ms. Winspear a chance to capture their fictional fancy
with this likeable sleuth.
REVIEWED BY VIVIAN
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