Charming sleuth Maisie Dobbs returns in her fourth mystery, investigating a mysterious death in the art world of 1930s London
London, 1931. Nick Bassington-Hope, veteran of the Great War and controversial artist, is suddenly found dead. His death from a fall, the night before a much-anticipated exhibition of his work, is recorded as 'accidental'. But his sister is not convinced.
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Georgina Bassington-Hope believes her brother was murdered, and she turns to Maisie Dobbs for help. Maisie's investigation takes her from the desolate beaches of Kent to the dark underbelly of London's art world. Still fragile after her war-related breakdown, Maisie's immersion in her work could lead her to lose more than she bargained for, while a desperate family with strong ties to her heart urgently needs her help.
In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created - she 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
The British counterpart to Alexander McCall Smith's The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Associated Press
Immensely readable ... a vivid new addition to crime fiction - Daily Mail
A heroine to cherish - New York Times
A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century - Elizabeth George
Even if detective stories aren't your thing, you'll love Maisie Dobbs - New Woman
A new Maisie Dobbs mystery is always a cause for celebration... 'Messenger of Truth' is fiendishly entertaining - Time Out