Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Version: Abridged (Unabridged version available here)
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Narrator: Jacqueline Winspear
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Historical Fiction, Detective Stories
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: August 2005
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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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.
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone. Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe. Every once in a while, a detective bursts on the scene who captures readers' hearts—and imaginations—and doesn't let go. And so it was with Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs, who made her debut just two years ago in the eponymously titled first book of the series, and is already on her way to becoming a household name.

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 her aviator son was killed in the Great War, a torment that led her not only to the edge of madness but to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world. In accepting the assignment, Maisie finds her spiritual strength tested, as well as her regard for her mentor, Maurice Blanche. The mission also brings her together once again with her college friend Priscilla Evernden, who served in France and who lost three brothers to the war—one of whom, it turns out, had an intriguing connection to the missing Ralph Lawton.

Following on the heels of the triumphant Birds of a Feather, PARDONABLE LIES is the most compelling installment yet in the chronicles of Maisie Dobbs, "a heroine to cherish" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review).

Reviews (4)

British thru and thru

Written by Coral from Williamston, NC on March 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This keep me interested through out Previous complaints on accent make me wonder Ms Winspear read this and is very British The stories were gripping emotional and worth every minute.

Pardonable Lies

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on November 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I am new to the Maisie Dobbs series and to the author J. Winspear. I chose the series because it takes place during and after WWI. I find this a fascinating time of history particularly in the societal role of women. This story takes us back to France to confirm the death of a two British soldier. This information on the Battle of Somme's was interesting. If you know little about this battle I invite you to google it and you will be amazed. If you take a trip to France a visit to the Valley of Somme is a must. Cassidy did a great job of narration. This information about the car of the period was interesting. Can not wait for Simply Audio books to send me more in this series.

Mid-Atlantic Muddle

Written by Paul Crabtree on August 1st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Although the plot and characters are diverting, the telling of the tale was exasperating. Why the fake English accent? Transparently innacurate imitations of the English are OK between friends, but not here. Why does the Northern character sound like he was born in the East End? Why does Maisie sound like she spent her youth in upstate New York? It's incomprehensible.

Historical romance at it's finest

Written by Anonymous from Silver Spring, MD on April 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I happened to rent this book not knowing that it was the third in a series about the main character, Maisie Dobbs. I was so taken with the heroine, that I couldn't wait to go back and read Ms. Winspear's first two novels about Maisie. What I found particularly interesting was the historical setting and the style used by the author to weave the heroine's experiences of two decades throughout. The book speaks to post- WWI Britain which had been devestated four years of fighting during the Great War. This period infrequently lends itself as background for historical romances, however, I found that the author captured it so well that it was in great part the reason I liked the story. I would recommend listeners to begin with Jacqueline Winspear's first two novels "Maisie Dobbs" and "Birds of a Feather" to really understand and enjoy this latest adventure of Miss Maisie Dobbs.

Author Details

Author Details

Winspear, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "Among the Mad" and "An Incomplete Revenge", as well as four other Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, "Maisie Dobbs". Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.