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Jacqueline Winspear

Author of Maisie Dobbs

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About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear was born in the county of Kent, England. She was educated at the University of London's Institute of Education. After graduation, she worked in academic publishing, in higher education, and in marketing communications in the UK. In 1990, she emigrated to the United States. She show more was working in business and as a personal/professional coach when she decided to try writing. Her first novel, Maisie Dobbs, won the Agatha Award for Best First novel, the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, and the Alex Award. She is the author of the Maisie Dobbs Mystery series. She has also won the Agatha Award for Best Novel, the inaugural Sue Feder/Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery, and the Bruce Alexander Award for Best Historical Mystery. Her title, A Dangerous Place, made The New York Times High Profile titles list. Journey to Munich, a book in the Maisie Dobbs Series, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs (2003) 4,847 copies
Birds of a Feather (2004) 2,713 copies
Pardonable Lies (2005) 2,345 copies
Messenger of Truth (2006) 1,931 copies
An Incomplete Revenge (2008) 1,796 copies
The Mapping of Love and Death (2010) 1,628 copies
Among the Mad (2009) 1,621 copies
A Lesson in Secrets (2011) 1,558 copies
Elegy for Eddie (2012) 1,353 copies
Leaving Everything Most Loved (2013) 1,174 copies
Journey to Munich (2016) 1,025 copies
A Dangerous Place (2015) 1,022 copies
In This Grave Hour (2017) 876 copies
To Die But Once (2018) 772 copies
The American Agent (2019) 721 copies

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Common Knowledge

USA (1990)
Kent, England, UK
Places of residence
Ojai, California, USA
University of London (Institute of Education)
mystery novelist
Awards and honors
Agatha Award (2003)
Alex Award (2003)
Amy Rennert (The Amy Rennert Agency)
Short biography
Jacqueline Winspear is a mystery writer, author of the Maisie Dobbs series of books exploring the aftermath of World War I. She has won several mystery writing awards for books in this popular series.

Winspear was born on April 30, 1955, and raised in Kent. She was educated at the University of London's Institute of Education and then worked in academic publishing, higher education and in marketing communications. She emigrated to the United States in 1990. Winspear stated that her childhood awareness of her grandfather's suffering in World War I led to an interest in that period.

Maisie Dobbs is a private investigator who untangles painful and shameful secrets stemming from war experiences. A gifted working class girl, she received an unusual education thanks to the patronage of her employer. She interrupts her education to work as a nurse in the war, falls in love and suffers her own loss. After the war, again with help from her patron, she sets up as an investigator. Dobbs places emphasis on achieving healing for her clients and insists they comply with her ethical approach.



Elinor DeWitt, aka MIss White, lives in a village in Kent. When her neighbor experiences threats from his family which is involved in organized crime, she wants to take action for his small daughter's sake. Although Dutch, she assisted in the English in espionage during the war, receiving a special "grace and favor" property for her assistance. She has the connections to provide help and the skills to help the family. This is one of those dual timeline stories, and it really doesn't work very well. The ending fell flat for me. This is not Winspear's best work.… (more)
thornton37814 | 22 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
The Maisie Dobbs mystery series, set in England between WWI and WWII, remains my favorite mystery series when I want something smart and readable. Again, this book in the series is more about the wider picture of what is brewing in Germany and England's reaction to it at the highest level than about the "mystery". Winspear does such a good job of creating a plot point mystery that both forwards international action and creates a way to delve into Maisie's complex character.

Loved it and I'll continue with the series. It's been a long time since I found a series that I stuck with through nine books.… (more)
japaul22 | 80 other reviews | May 3, 2024 |
Maisie Dobbs has her hands full balancing work and family life with her adopted daughter. Her routine has her spending the first part of the week in London, juggling her private investigation business and her war work for an intelligence agency, assessing the psychological fitness and readiness of agents being trained to infiltrate occupied France. Her latest investigation crosses over into her intelligence work. A young boy who works as a courier for the government has witnessed a murder while delivering a message during an air raid, and he turns to Maisie for help. The trail leads to members of the French resistance.

The plot relies on too many coincidences, and the murder takes a back seat to intelligence operations. The developments in Maisie’s personal life are the highlight of the book. Maisie consoles her daughter, Anna, and her best friend, Priscilla, as they face the loss of those dear to them, and Maisie and her beau, American diplomat Mark Scott reach a crossroad in their relationship.
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cbl_tn | 24 other reviews | Apr 27, 2024 |
Strong, beautiful and heartbreaking story revolving around WW1. It introduces Billy as Maisie Dobbs' helpmeet. Well written story shows another side to the White Feather movement during the war.
Dorothy2012 | 122 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |



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