by Sukey HowardNovember, 2005
Crazy for Maisie
With Pardonable Lies, Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs, the compelling, clever star of her increasingly popular, eponymous mystery series, makes her audio debut, though she has appeared in two previous books. I was delighted to meet Maisie, "psychologist and investigator," and delighted with Orlagh Cassidy's performance; she moves easily from Maisie's honeyed English to accents and inflections that perfectly suit the others in the story. It's 1930, but Maisie and all of Britain are still feeling the devastating effects of WWI. Now, the three cases she's taken on draw her back to France where, as a very young nurse, she'd been exposed to the horrors of war firsthand. Winspear evokes that postwar world with great skill, gives her characters depth and back stories that ring true and uses the mysteries themselves to reveal much of the fascinating ethos of the time. I know we'll hear more from Maisie.