Jacqueline Winspear Books In Order – Complete List

Jacqueline Winspear is the bestselling author of the historical mystery series Maisie Dobbs, featuring Maisie, a psychologist and private detective in London starting out in the 1920s after the end of WWI.

Here are the Jacqueline Winspear books in order for her Maisie Dobbs historical mystery novels and the rest of the titles she published. The publication order and reading order are the same in this series. Based on the author’s note, the series ends with The Comfort of Ghosts, published in 2024.

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The Comfort of Ghosts
The Comfort of Ghosts (Maisie Dobbs #18), 2024

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Maisie Dobbs Books In Publication Order

  1. Maisie Dobbs, 2003
  2. Birds of a Feather, 2004
  3. Pardonable Lies, 2005
  4. Messenger of Truth, 2006
  5. An Incomplete Revenge, 2008
  6. Among the Mad, 2009
  7. The Mapping of Love and Death, 2010
  8. A Lesson in Secrets, 2011
  9. Elegy for Eddie, 2012
  10. Leaving Everything Most Loved, 2013
  11. A Dangerous Place, 2015
  12. Journey to Munich, 2016
  13. In This Grave Hour, 2017
  14. To Die But Once, 2014
  15. The American Agent, 2019
  16. The Consequences of Fear, 2021
  17. A Sunlit Weapon, 2022
  18. The Comfort of Ghosts, 2024

Other Maisie Dobbs Books

Standalone Novels in Order of Publication

Short Story Anthologies

Non-Fiction Books

About the Maisie Dobbs Books – Overview

Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series are mystery novels set in post-WWI Britain. While each book is set around a particular mystery, through this series we can learn a lot about those early European times, that is England between WWI and II.

The Maisie Dobbs mystery books are strongly interconnected with the after-effects of the Great War. Through the historical mystery genre, the authors gives hints about what happened to regular, everyday people in those tragic times. Since the stories are linear, reading the Jacqueline Winspear books in order of publication is highly recommended.

Maisie Dobbs

Fiercely independent Maisie Dobbs has recently set herself up as a private detective. Such a move may not seem especially startling. But this is 1929, and Maisie is exceptional in many ways.

Having started as a maid to the London aristocracy, studied her way to Cambridge and served as a nurse in the Great War, Maisie has wisdom, experience and understanding beyond her years. Little does she realise the extent to which this strength of character is soon to be tested. For her first case forces her to uncover secrets long buried, and to confront ghosts from her own past . . .

Birds of a Feather

London, 1929. Joseph Waite is a man who knows what he wants. With his Havana cigars and Savile Row suits, he is one of Britain’s wealthiest men. And the last thing he needs is a scandal. When his unmarried daughter runs away from home, he is determined to keep the case away from the police and the newspapers. So he turns to a woman renowned for her discretion and investigative powers – the extraordinary Maisie Dobbs.

Maisie soon discovers that there are many reasons why Charlotte Waite might have left home and instinctively feels the women is in safe hands. Yet the investigator suddenly finds herself confronting a murder scene.

After a year, Maisie’s business began to flourish. She now has an assistant, and a professional office in Fitzroy Square, and she even started cooperating with Detective Inspector Stratton of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad. Maisie’s next case involves finding a runaway heiress who was kept restricted in a golden cage by her father. The woman’s father wants her brought home, but this particular case brings her working closer with Stratton, who is after a murder case in Coulsden.

Pardonable Lies

London, 1930. Maisie Dobbs, the renowned psychologist and investigator, receives a most unusual request. She must prove that Sir Cecil Lawton’s son Ralph really is dead.

This is a case that will challenge Maisie in unexpected ways, for Ralph Lawton was an aviator shot down by enemy fire in 1917. To get to the bottom of the mystery, Maisie must travel to the former battlefields of northern France, where she served as a nurse in the Great War and where ghosts of her past still linger. As her investigation moves closer to the truth, Maisie soon uncovers the secrets and lies that some people would prefer remain buried.

Messenger of Truth

London, 1931. Nick Bassington-Hope, veteran of the Great War and controversial artist, is suddenly found dead. His death from a fall, the night before a much-anticipated exhibition of his work, is recorded as ‘accidental’. But his sister is not convinced.

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Georgina Bassington-Hope believes her brother was murdered, and she turns to Maisie Dobbs for help. Maisie’s investigation takes her from the desolate beaches of Kent to the dark underbelly of London’s art world. Still fragile after her war-related breakdown, Maisie’s immersion in her work could lead her to lose more than she bargained for, while a desperate family with strong ties to her heart urgently needs her help.

An Incomplete Revenge

1931. Maisie Dobbs’ new case takes her investigation into the pastoral beauty of the Kent Weald where acts of arson, theft and vandalism around the village of Heronsdene have gone suspiciously unreported for more than a decade. With the country in the grip of economic malaise, Maisie is relieved to accept an assignment from an old friend who wants her to uncover the truth behind these crimes, before he can buy part of the magnificent Sandermere estate at the heart of the village.

It’s hop-picking time and Londoners, including Maisie’s assistant Billy Beale, wanting to escape the Smoke for the summer, set up camp in nearby fields. Gypsies, too, have arrived to work the land. Maisie discovers the villagers are bitterly prejudiced against outsiders and, even more troubling, seem possessed by the legacy of a war-time Zepplin raid.

She has less than a month to find out why no one has been brought to justice and why secrecy shrouds the village. She must draw on all of her finely-honed skills of detection to solve one of her most intriguing cases.

Among the Mad

Christmas Eve, 1931. On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the Home Secretary receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met. Maisie is invited into Scotland Yard’s elite Special Branch as a special adviser on the case – and becomes involved in a race against time to find a man who soon proves he has the knowledge, and will, to murder thousands of innocent people. Before this harrowing case is over, Maisie must negotiate her way through a darkness not encountered since she was a nurse in wards filled with shell-shocked men.

The Mapping of Love and Death

August 1914. When war in Europe is declared, a young American cartographer, Michael Clifton, is compelled to fight for his father’s native country, and sets sail for England to serve in the British Army. Three years later, he is listed as missing in action. April 1932. After Michael’s remains are unearthed in a French field, his devastated parents engage investigator Maisie Dobbs, hoping she can find the unnamed nurse whose love letters were among their late son’s belongings.

It is a quest that leads Maisie back to her own bittersweet wartime love – and to the discovery that Michael Clifton may not have died in combat. Suddenly an exposed web of intrigue and violence threatens to ensnare the dead soldier’s family and even Maisie herself as she attempts to cope with the impending loss of her mentor and the unsettling awareness that she is once again falling in love.

A Lesson in Secrets

In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs’s career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard’s Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities, “not in the interests of His Majesty’s Government.”

Elegy for Eddie

April, 1933. To the costermongers of London, Eddie Pettit is simply a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. When he is killed in a violent accident, the costers are sceptical about the cause of his death, and recruit Maisie Dobbs to investigate. Maisie, who has known these men since childhood and remembers Eddie fondly, is eager to help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning too much about Eddie’s death. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk all to see justice done.

Leaving Everything Most Loved

London, 1933. Some two months after an Indian woman, Usha Pramal, is found murdered in a South London canal, her brother turns to Maisie Dobbs to find the truth about her death. Not only has Scotland Yard made no arrests, but evidence indicates they failed to conduct a full and thorough investigation. Before her death, Usha was staying at an ayah’s hostel, a refuge for Indian women whose British employers had turned them out. As Maisie learns, Usha was different from the hostel’s other lodgers. But with this discovery comes new danger – soon another Indian woman who was close to Usha is found murdered before she can speak out. As Maisie is pulled deeper into an unfamiliar yet alluring subculture, her investigation becomes clouded by the unfinished business of a previous case. And at the same time her lover, James Compton, gives her an ultimatum she cannot ignore …

A Dangerous Place

Spring, 1937. Four years after she set sail from England, leaving everything she most loved behind, Maisie Dobbs is making her way home, only to find herself in a dangerous place. She was seeking peace in the hills of Darjeeling, but her sojourn is cut short when her stepmother summons her back to England. But on a ship bound for Southampton, Maisie realises she isn’t ready to return.

Against the wishes of the captain she disembarks in Gibraltar – the British garrison town is teeming with refugees fleeing a brutal civil war across the border in Spain. Days after Maisie’s arrival, a photographer is murdered, and Maisie becomes entangled in the case, drawing the attention of the British Secret Service as she is pulled deeper into political intrigue on ‘the Rock’ . . .

Journey to Munich

Working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler’s Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue – the twelfth novel in Jacqueline Winspear’s New York Times bestselling ;series that seems to get better with each entry; (Wall Street Journal).It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square – a place of many memories – she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man’s wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie – who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter – to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.

In This Grave Hour

Britain is at war. Returned from a dangerous mission onto enemy soil, Maisie Dobbs is fully aware of the gravity of the current situation; her world is on the cusp of great change. One of those changes can be seen in the floods of refugees that are arriving in Britain, desperate for sanctuary. When Maisie stumbles on the deaths of refugees who may have been more than ordinary people, she is drawn into an investigation that requires all her insight and strength.

To Die But Once

Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as “the Bore War”—nothing much seems to have happened yet—Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a “hush-hush” government contract. As Maisie’s inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing son—but this time the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie.

Winspear lays the historical groundwork. . . . The setting matters, but what may matter more is the lovely, sometimes poetic way Winspear pushes her heroine forward…

The American Agent

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death.

As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. 

The Consequences of Fear

September 1941. While on a delivery, young Freddie Hackett, a message runner for a government office, witnesses an argument that ends in murder. Crouching in the doorway of a bombed-out house, Freddie waits until the coast is clear. But when he arrives at the delivery address, he’s shocked to come face to face with the killer.

Dismissed by the police when he attempts to report the crime, Freddie goes in search of a woman he once met when delivering a message: Maisie Dobbs. While Maisie believes the boy and wants to help, she must maintain extreme caution: she’s working secretly for the Special Operations Executive, assessing candidates for crucial work with the French resistance. Her two worlds collide when she spots the killer in a place she least expects. She soon realizes she’s been pulled into the orbit of a man who has his own reasons to kill—reasons that go back to the last war.

A Sunlit Weapon

Late September, 1942. Jo Hardy, a 22-year-old ferry pilot, is delivering a Spitfire to Biggin Hill Aerodrome when she realizes someone is shooting at her aircraft. When she returns to the location on foot, she finds an American serviceman in a barn, tied up and gagged. Jo hurries away, but can’t shake the image of the serviceman from her mind.

Several days later, when Jo recounts the story to several other women, she receives the news that Erica, another ferry pilot—flying the same route she had—has been killed in a crash near Kent. Erica’s death is attributed to “pilot error,” but Jo is convinced there is a link between her own experience and Erica’s—and that of Jo’s dead fiancé, who was killed over a year earlier under inexplicable circumstances in the same area.

At the suggestion of an Australian colleague, Jo takes her suspicions to Maisie Dobbs, along with two pages of coded notes she found in the barn. If someone is trying to take down much-needed pilots, Maisie wants to find out why—and what happened to the bound American serviceman. But before she can even begin to investigate, her new husband, Mark Scott, finds the documents and demands to know how they came to be in her possession: The papers pertain to an upcoming diplomatic mission by Eleanor Roosevelt on behalf of the United States’ president—and now the First Lady’s safety has been compromised.

The Comfort of Ghosts

London, 1945: Four adolescent orphans with a dark wartime history are squatting in a vacant Belgravia mansion—the owners having fled London under heavy Luftwaffe bombing. Psychologist and Investigator Maisie Dobbs visits the mansion on behalf of the owners and discovers that a demobilized soldier, gravely ill and reeling from his experiences overseas, has taken shelter with the group.

Maisie’s quest to bring comfort to the youngsters and the ailing soldier brings to light a decades-old mystery concerning Maisie’s first husband, James Compton, who was killed while piloting an experimental fighter aircraft. As Maisie unravels the threads of her dead husband’s life, she is forced to examine her own painful past and question beliefs she has always accepted as true.

Jacqueline Winspear Biography

Jacqueline Winspear author of Maisey Dobbs series

Jacqueline Winspear was born in 1955 in a small village in Kent, United Kingdom, where she grew up.

After graduating from the University of London Institute of Education, since the teaching market was flooded, she started working as a flight attendant as she wanted to see the world.

Next, she took sales and marketing jobs in the fields of academic publishing, higher education and marketing communications.

In 1990 she moved to the US, where she began working as a professional and personal coach. It was during this time that she became again interested in writing books (her childhood dream), and the topic of WWI became a natural choice. She partly based the Maisie Dobbs series on her grandfather’s experience in the First World War. He was badly injured at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and his pain influenced the backdrop of her first novel.

The author has also written several articles in women’s magazines on topics evolving around international education.

A full-time author, she is currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States, however, she takes often trips to the UK each year, where she visits her parents in Sussex.

Adaptation of any Jacqueline Winspear Book

The Clintons have acquired the film and TV rights to the Maisie Dobbs series. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are both fans of the books and have shared them over the years.

They announced their acquisition through their production company HiddenLight Productions in September 2021. The Clintons and Sam Branson founded the company in December 2020 with a focus on documentary, unscripted, and scripted entertainment. No details about the cast, crew, or release date of the Maisie Dobbs series on TV have been revealed yet.

Jacqueline Winspear Awards and Nominations

Maisie Dobbs

  • 2003 Agatha Award for Best First Novel
  • 2004 Macavity Award for Best First Novel
  • 2004 Dilys Award Best Book nomination
  • 2004 Edgar Awards Best Novel nomination
  • New York Times Notable Book 2003
  • 2004 Alex Award

Birds of a Feather

  • 2004 Agatha Award for Best Novel
  • 2005 Dilys Award Best Book nomination

Pardonable Lies

  • 2005 Agatha Award Best novel nomination
  • 2006 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel

Messenger of Truth

  • 2006 Agatha Award Best Novel nomination

The Mapping of Love and Death

  • 2011 Left Coast Crime Bruce Alexander Award

Elegy for Eddy

  • 2012 Agatha Award Best Historical Novel nomination

A Lesson in Secrets

  • 2012 Agatha Award Best Historical Novel nomination

7 Comments

  1. Unfortunately I have been reading this series in the wrong order, not having realised how many of them there are, though I wish there were many many more!
    I love the character of Maisie Dobbs, she is so caring and resourceful- I’m now ordering as many as I can at my local library!
    Please keep writing them Jacqueline, as you have such a large fan base out there, all waiting for the next novel.
    Thank you

  2. This is a wonderful series. I have enjoyed Maisie as a character; she is admirable, complex, caring, brave, intelligent, vulnerable, and strong. She is not perfect just like all of us. I would love to have her as my friend. Thank you for creating such a marvelous character and for letting me join her through a period of history that I only knew about from high school history. I have learned so much about the role that women played during war times and it has made me so proud of them. You, Miss Winspear, have done so much research that you made those periods of history come alive for your readers. Thank you.

  3. Love these books. I have all of them up to American Agent.
    When is the next one due, soon I hope.

  4. I think I read one book out of sequence. In which book does Maisie marry?

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