Messenger Of Truth, the fourth book in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series, is filled with a pervasive melancholy that casts its shadow upon Massie and her clients. Jacqueline Winspear masterfully creates a tangled emotional web in which Maisie, with her fine-tuned skills of sensitivity, is ensnared. The war is over but the devastation and dire economic situation have resulted in crime, disease, death and desperation throughout Maisie’s beloved London. When Miss Dobbs is called upon by a fellow former student of Girton College to investigate the circumstances of the death of her brother, a controversial war artist, there are no shortage of suspects or motives if indeed his death were not an accident. Maisie must face her own war demons if she is to find the answers necessary to solve the case. A task made all the more difficult by the tragic events in the life of her assistance Billy and faced with the deteriorating romantic relationship with Andrew Dene.