Jacqueline Winspear is a mystery writer, author of the ‘Maisie Dobbs’ series of books which explore the aftermath of World War I. She has won several mystery writing awards for books in this popular series.
She was born and raised in Kent, 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. She has stated that her childhood awareness of her grandfather’s suffering in World War I led to an interest in that war.
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. She places emphasis on achieving healing for her clients, and insists they comply with her ethical approach.
Maisie Dobbs series
- Maisie Dobbs (2003) (Agatha Award for Best First Novel)
- Birds of a Feather (2004) (Agatha Award)
- Pardonable Lies (2005) (Agatha Award nomination)
- Messenger of Truth (2006) (Agatha Award nomination)
- 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)
- The Care and Management of Lies (2014)
- Jacqueline Winspear, author's website