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BOOK REVIEW: MESSENGER OF TRUTH
BY JACQUELINE WINSPEAR

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Controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope is found dead the night before his latest work was about to go on exhibition. It appears that Nick fell from the scaffolding he was using to display his art. Nick did all this work alone because he didn't want anyone to see the art before the exhibition was open. The death was ruled an accident.

One person did not believe it was an accident. His twin sister, Georgina, believed someone killed Nick. She hires psychologist and investigator, Maisie Dobbs to help her investigate.

Maisie has many other things going on in her life right now. Her assistant Billy is dealing with a serious illness in his family and Maisie is concerned about her father living alone.

As Maisie starts her investigation, it doesn't take long to find there are many suspects that might want to do harm to Nick.

Is Maisie able to solve this case? Is it an accident or did some murder Nick?

This is an excellent historical novel and one of the things that make it so great is the characters. Jacqueline Winspear builds her characters adding just the right touch for them to stand out without being overbearing. On one hand you have the wealthy Bassington-Hope family and on the other side you have the working class family like Billy, Maisie's assistant. It is interesting to see these two different classes working together to try and solve this case. Then you have Maisie Dobbs who appears to have a very practical approach to solving crimes by placing her note cards on a chart. By the time she is finished, the "puzzle" will be complete and hopefully provide an answer to the mystery. She comes across as a very strong character with a no nonsense way of dealing with matters. Hopefully, this series will continue on for a long time. This is an intriguing read that is a thriller. Be sure to add it to your reading list.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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