Pardonable Lies is the third book I’ve read in the Maisie Dobbs series, one originally recommended to me by a local librarian. The female protagonist is a 20-something nurse who survived WWI, but with far too many friends and colleagues who did not. The author does a tremendous job of detailing emotions from that era (a nice change of pace with all of the WWII books), and her detailing of fashion, place, and home furnishings transports me back to the era. (This would be a great Masterpiece Theater series ala Downton Abbey.) There are occasional gaps in plotting, and sometimes things tie up a bit too neatly, but I read this more for the feeling of women’s role in this era than for the actual crime solving angle. The title derives from the concept that sometimes the kindest thing we can do, and the one that brings the most fairness, is to tell a pardonable lie.
I’ve already got the next in the series, Messenger of Truth,on request at my library.