In Pardonable Lies, Maisie is asked by a friend of her patron, the Comptons, to prove that his son did die, as reported, during the war. On her death bed, Agnes Lawton implored her husband to find the truth. As much as it seems this is an open and shut case, Maisie is determined to undertake a thorough investigation.
While she is starting the Lawton case, she meets with her dear friend Priscilla, who lost three brothers during the war. She asks a favour of Maisie, to find the resting place of her brother Peter. As much as she doesn't want to do this, she can't refuse her friend.
Once again, we are reunited with some of my favourite characters. Her mentor, Maurice Blanche, spends several days with her and reveals things which he had not planned to. I feel there is still much mystery to Maurice. Billy Beale continues to assist with the investigations and even take a lead hand when she is not available. Way to go Billy. Several times, Maisie calls on her friends for background in her cases. James Compton, the son of her patron, finally finds his way into the story. I have been looking forward to more involvement from him as so far he has rather been a mystery.
Ms. Winspear kept this story very close to her chest, she carefully shared bits and pieces, never revealing too much at one time. I was practically on the edge of my seat listening, waiting for the next development.
I listened to the unabridged audio book version from Macmillan Audio, 10 hours 22 minutes. It was read by Orlagh Cassidy, not the same reader as the previous book. She was such a convincing reader, that each time she mentioned Maisie taking a breath, or touching her forehead, I found myself doing the same thing. The only thing I disliked, was how she pronounced Maurice, it sounded more like Morris. Small thing that did not diminish my enjoyment in any way.
Thanks to Macmillan Audio for use of the cover image.
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