Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Series: Maisie Dobbs book 4
Genre: Historical mystery
Setting: England in the twenties.
Reason for Reading: I really enjoy this series, and for me, it's a good time of year for light reading.
Finished In: Days.
Pages: 322 plus discussion questions.
Copyright Date: 2006
Cover: A woman wearing a coat and hat looks out to sea. Sailboats are anchored behind her and the waves look choppy.
First line: "The taxi-cab slowed down alongside the gates of Camden Abbey, a red brick former mansion that seemed even more like a refuge as a bitter sleet swept across the gray, forbidding landscape."
Best part: I enjoyed the descriptions of the family and homes of the artist whose death Maisie investigates in this installment.
Worst part: There was a place where I thought I saw where the author was going with a subplot, and where she went with it was not as interesting as my idea.
Imaginary Theme Song: Something from a speakeasy.
Recommended for: If you are interested in the art of World War I you'd probably find this book a good piece.
Related Reads: Maisie Dobbs by the same author (book one in the series), and Night Watch by Sarah Waters.
Who is the messenger of truth, and what tidings do they carry? Is it a young artist, dead perhaps by accident, his masterpiece yet to be revealed to the public? Is it his sister, the journalist who exposed the war her brother fought in, who believes his death was no accident at all? Is it the indomitable investigator Maisie Dobbs, worrying away at the secrets hidden at the heart of their family?
I enjoyed this book though I don't think it's Winspear's best.