Jacqueline Winspear books in order
Jacqueline Winspear is a New York Times bestselling author of the The Maisie Dobbs Series.
Born and raised in Kent, England, she attended the University of London’s Institute of Education, before working in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the United Kingdom.
Her novels have received several awards, including the distinguished Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, and the Alex Award.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Ms. Winspear currently lives in California.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
- Maisie Dobbs (2003)
- Birds of a Feather (2004)
- Pardonable Lies (2005)
- Messenger of Truth (2006)
- An Incomplete Revenge (2008)
- Among the Mad (2009)
- The Mapping of Love and Death (2010)
- A Lesson in Secrets (2011)
- Elegy for Eddie (2012)
- Leaving Everything Most Loved (2013)
- A Dangerous Place (2015)
- Journey to Munich (2016)
- In This Grave Hour (2017)
- To Die but Once (2018)
- The American Agent (2019)
Detailed book overview
The Maisie Dobbs Series
Maisie Dobbs began working as a servant in a Belgravia mansion when she was just thirteen years old.
Caught reading in the library by Lady Rowan Compton, her employer, Maisie is amazed at how Lady Rowan and a family friend named Dr. Maurice Blanche support her desire for education .
When her education is halted by World War I soon after she begins her studies at Girton College, Cambridge, Maisie joins the overseas nursing service.
The year is in 1929.
Now a psychologist and investigator, Maisie’s first assignment after setting up her own business is a suspected case of infidelity; one which not only takes her on the trail of a killer, but also reminds her of the war that she has struggled so hard to forget.
It has been a memorable year for Maisie Dobbs. Having set up her own private investigation agency in the English capital in 1929 London, Maisie now owns a professional office and even has an assistant named Billy Beale.
A tried and tested psychologist and investigator, she has won over the admiration of Detective Inspector Stratton of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad.
The year is now 1930. As Stratton is investigates a killing in Coulsden, Maisie is in Dulwich on a mission to find a runaway heiress.
The heiress in question is the daughter of a rich self-made man named Joseph Waite.
As Maisie goes about the disappearance case, she uncovers a shocking link to Stratton’s murder case and to the dreadful legacy of World War I.
Psychologist and investigator, Maisie Dobbs, is brought in to assist after a dying wife makes a request to her husband, Sir Cecil Lawton, KC.
Agnes Lawton has never accepted that her pilot son was killed in World War I, something that has not only driven her to the point of insanity but also prompted her to consult dark magic.
Searching for evidence that could prove that Ralph Lawton is either dead or alive, Maisie finds herself submerged into a case that will put her spiritual strength to the ultimate test.
In her endeavor, she will head to France where she will be reunited with an old friend who lost three brothers in the war; one of the brothers interestingly connected to the case.
The year is 1931 in London.
When controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death on the eve of the unveiling of his artwork at a renowned Mayfair gallery, the police conclude that it was an accident.
Georgina, a wartime journalist and Nick’s twin sister, however has her reservations.
This prompts her to seek for the help of fellow Girton College graduate, Maisie Dobbs who is a psychologist and investigator.
Maisie follows the trail which leads her to the dark and shadowy realms of the city’s art world.
But to solve the case, she must first avoid being eliminated by the people responsible for the artist’s death.
Maisie Dobbs is relieved to receive a seemingly uncomplicated case, especially now that the economy is strife.
Her investigation behind a potential land purchase leads her to a beautiful village in Kent during the hop-picking season.
Something however doesn’t feel right. Strange fires are ravaging the village with suspicious regularity, while a string of petty crimes point to a sinister criminal figure at work.
With an aura of secrecy riddling the village, this could very well be the most challenging career of Maisie Dobbs’s career.
It’s Christmas Eve of 1931.
Maisie Dobbs is on her way to see a client when she witnesses a man committing suicide on a busy street in London
The next day, a letter is sent to the office of the Prime Minister, threatening a wide scale loss of life if specific demands aren’t met.
The author of the letter even surprisingly mentions Maisie by name.
Poached by the elite Special Branch of Scotland Yard to assist with the case, Maisie quickly finds herself racing against the clock to identify a man who has the temerity and expertise to destroy thousands of innocent, unsuspecting lives.
The year is 1914 in the Santa Ynez Valley, California.
Michael Clifton is the youngest son of an English immigrant who relocated to America as a teenager in search of fortune. His plan seems on course years later after he buys a parcel of land he believes is rich with oil, only for war to strike Europe.
Pledging allegiance to the land of his father, Michael travels to England where he enlists in the army.
When Michael’s remains are discovered in France in the spring of 1932, his rich parents hire Maisie Dobbs to track down the woman only identified as “The English Nurse” who wrote a several love letters found amongst Michael’s belongings.
As Maisie undertakes her investigation, it soon becomes clear that uncovering hidden secrets often causes danger in the present.
It’s the summer of 1932.
Maisie Dobbs receives an undercover assignment of masquerading as a junior lecturer in a private college in Cambridge; the task directed by Scotland Yard’s Special Branch and the Secret Service.
When the Greville Liddicote, the contentious pacifist founder and principal of the college is found murdered, Maisie is directed to respectably withdraw from the investigation in favor of Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane and Detective Chief Inspector Richard Stratton.
Maisie however soon learns that the circumstances leading to Liddicote’s death seem to link to the suspicious activities of faculty and students under her watch.
The year is 1933.
The costermongers of Covent Garden, who sell fruit and vegetables from horse-drawn carts on the streets of London, request Maisie Dobbs to investigate the death of one Eddie Pettit.
Eddie, a kindhearted man with a soft spot for horses, met his death during a terrible accident which the costers have their reservations about.
Being that her father, Frankie, was also a fellow costermonger, Maisie decides to take on the case.
She also has fond childhood memories of Eddie and is determined to help uncover the truth.
It however doesn’t take long for the beloved psychologist and investigator to discover the ploy by powerful political and financial forces to prevent her from finding out too much about Eddie’s death.
The year is 1933 in London.
When a woman’s body is found in the saline water of a South London canal, the body is identified as that of Usha Pramal.
Two months later, her brother—who has just arrived in England from India—seeks the help of Maisie Dobbs to uncover the truth about her death.
Before her death, Usha was living at an ayah’s hostel until she was hounded out into the cold street, alongside other Indian women, when their services were no longer needed.
But when another Indian woman who had information about Usha turns up dead, Maisie knows that she is going up against a sinister figure determined to silence the truth.
The year is 1937.
Still trying to come to terms with her recent personal tragedies, Maisie Dobbs returns home after trips to America and India.
Gripped with fear and unsure of whether to return to her past life, Maisie disembarks in Gibraltar, despite several warning from the ship’s captain.
Gibraltar is a dangerous hub full of intelligence operatives, double agents, and refugees of the Spanish Civil War.
Upon her arrival on “the Rock,” she comes across the body of a member of the close Sephardic Jewish community named Sebastian Babayoff.
But by looking into the murder, Maisie makes herself a person of interest for the British Secret Service, and other interested parties.
The year is 1938, and Maisie Dobbs has just returned home from Spain.
While on her way to Fitzroy Square on morning, Maisie is approached by Secret Service agents Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane who need her help.
The German government plans to release an important British subject from prison, albeit on the grounds that he is to be delivered to a family member.
And given that the man is widowed and his only child is terribly ill, the Secret Service needs a reliable female agent to masquerade as his daughter in Dachau, Munich.
Britain however isn’t the only party interested in Maisie’s journey to Munich.
Her nemesis, and the man she blames for her husband’s death, is also in desperate need of Maisie’s help.
The year is 1939.
As British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declares with Germany on national television, a high ranking Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs’ apartment.
Dr. Francesca Thomas wants Maisie to identify the killer of a man who escaped Belgium as a boy during World War I.
With an impending threat of an attack, a second body of a Belgian refugee is discovered.
As Maisie investigates the killings, another refugee—a little girl only known by the name Anna—storms into Maisie’s her life, plunging her further into mayhem.
The year is 1940.
Months after Britain declares war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young novice assigned on a secret government contract.
As news about the thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France begins spreading like wildfire, and threats on an attacking reach fever pitch, another youthful man dear to Maisie makes a dreadful, life changing forever.
Through her investigation, Maisie is reminded of just how interrelated money and war are.
As the final duel approaches, will she put everything on the line and risk everything she has worked so hard to make her reality.
British authorities conceal news of the death of an American journalist named Catherine Saxon whose body was found murdered in her London apartment.
Acting as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane approaches Maisie Dobbs for help.
These two are brought together by Mark Scott, an agent from the US Department of Justice, who helped Maisie escape for Hitler’s Munich.
As the Germans unleash death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must not only find a way solving this dangerous case but also protect Anna—the young refugee whom she loves enough to want to adopt her.