Maisie Dobbs

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This article is about the character. For the novel, see Maisie Dobbs (novel).

Maisie Dobbs is a fictional character created by author Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie is a "psychologist and investigator" in post World War I London. A nurse during the war, Maisie returned to London to work with her mentor, accomplished detective Dr. Maurice Blanche. When Blanche retires, Maisie opens her own detective agency.[1]

The character[edit]

Maisie Dobbs, daughter of a costermonger, spent her early life as a maid in the household of Lord Julian and Lady Rowan Compton.[1]

Books about Maisie Dobbs[edit]

Thus far twelve books have been published in the Maisie Dobbs series:

Awards and reviews[edit]

Maisie Dobbs (2003) was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Mysteries of 2003, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2003, an Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel 2003, and the Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel in 2003. In addition, Maisie Dobbs received an Alex Award in 2004.

Additional characters[edit]

Billy Beale - A patient of Maisie's during the war, Billy recognizes her immediately when she rents an office in the building where he is caretaker. Drawn into helping Maisie with her first case, Billy soon becomes her assistant.

Dr. Maurice Blanche - A mentor and tutor to Maisie since her teen years, Blanche is a celebrated detective with a mysterious past. When Blanche retires, he turns his clients over to Maisie, supporting her in her efforts to open her own business. Despite their close relationship, Maisie's work eventually causes a rift between them. Although they remain on speaking terms, mentor and student grow apart for a time.

Priscilla Partridge, nee Evernden - wealthy and stylish friend of Masie, classmate at Girton College. After two terms she joined the Nursing Yeomanry in 1915 and drove an ambulance in France. All three of her brothers were killed during the war and her parents died shortly after of flu. She is married to Douglas Partridge, a famous author and poet. [2] She smokes cigarettes.


  1. ^ a b [1] Brunsdale, Mitzi "Gumshoes: a dictionary of fictional detectives," Greenwood Press, 2006, pages 133-135. ISBN 0-313-33331-9. Retrieved January 26, 2012
  2. ^ Jacqueline Winspear, Pardonable Lies (2005) pp. 9-10.

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