Sunday, February 05, 2012

2012 book 33

Jacqueline Winspear's Messenger of Truth
The next Maisie Dobbs book after the one I read already (I think this is the 4th in the series) finds Maisie investigating a possible murder in the art world. It's interesting to me how sly Winspear is with her narration--obviously we know what's coming after this time period (1930s), but she drops in references to European Jews selling their art (never mentioning the word "Jews," weirdly) and to that Fascist jerk Oswald Mosley (I know a lot about that guy b/c he was married to one of the Mitford sisters). None of that is relevant to the plot, but I found it noteworthy. As for the story itself, it's a bit slow in the middle but still worthwhile. B.

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