We had a great discussion of book 2 in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series, Birds of a Feather and today we move onto book 3, Pardonable Lies. It seems fitting that we're discussing PL on Valentine's Day, as Dr. Dene moves, in this book, more firmly into the role of a regular suitor for Maisie.
Pardonable Lies (from Jacqueline Winspear's website)
In the third novel of this unique and masterly crime series, a deathbed plea from his wife leads Sir Cecil Lawton, KC, 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 also to the doors of those who practice the dark arts and commune with the spirit world. Determined to prove Ralph Lawton either dead or alive, Maisie is plunged into a case that tests her spiritual strength, as well as her regard for her mentor, Maurice Blanche. The mission will bring her to France and reunite her with her old friend Priscilla Evernden, who lost three brothers in the war, one of whom has an intriguing connection to the case.
Set against a finely drawn portrait of life between the World Wars, Pardonable Lies is "a thrilling mystery that will enthrall fans of Jacqueline Winspear's heroine and likely win her new ones" (Detroit Free Press).
2) Were you surprised by Maurice's secret and with the way he revealed it to Maisie?
3) What do you think Maisie really feels for Dr. Dene, is it romantic love or just a deep friendship?
4) I was glad that Maisie spent time with Priscilla in this book, because she really spends very little time with women, and I think it's something that she needs. Do you agree?
5) What do you think are some of the "pardonable lies" in the novel?
My thanks to Picador for providing us with copies of the books for giveaway, and I'm pleased to announce that the winners of the next book in the series, Messenger of Truth, which we'll discuss on Tuesday, February 22nd, are Amy, Martha and Word Lily! Stay tuned for a giveaway of An Incomplete Revenge soon and be sure to follow along on Facebook for other announcements as well.