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Pardonable Lies

by Jacqueline Winspear

Pardonable Lies
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    Aug 2005, 352 pages
    Jun 2006, 368 pages

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Maisie Dobbs
Birds of a Feather (2004)
Pardonable Lies (2005)
Messenger of Truth (Aug 2006)

The year is 1930 and it's been more than a year since Maisie Dobbs first hung up her shingle as a private investigator  She is a perceptive observer of human nature and, most important for her line of work, she is able to move smoothly between the classes - a useful skill  in the still highly class-stratified England of the inter-war period.  Her ability in this area is due to the fact that she was born in Lambeth, a then poor part of London and went into service at the age of 14. However, it wasn't long before her employer, and soon to be ...

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