Sunday, November 20, 2022

On My Radar: Jacqueline Winspear's The White Lady!


Although I haven't read the last few books in the series, Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs is one of my favorite characters. I've also enjoyed Winspear's standalone The Care and Management of Lies. I like the way this woman writes, and having seen her several times at The Poisoned Pen, I know what an interesting speaker she is. So it's no wonder that I was happy to hear that Winspear has a new book with a new cast. Let me tell you more about it.
Available March 21, 2023!

"The White Lady introduces yet another extraordinary heroine from Jacqueline Winspear, creator of the best-selling Maisie Dobbs series. This heart-stopping novel, set in Post WWII Britain in 1947, follows the coming of age and maturity of former wartime operative Elinor White—veteran of two wars, trained killer, protective of her anonymity—when she is drawn back into the world of menace she has been desperate to leave behind.

A reluctant ex-spy with demons of her own, Elinor finds herself facing down one of the most dangerous organized crime gangs in London, ultimately exposing corruption from Scotland Yard to the highest levels of government.

The private, quiet “Miss White" as Elinor is known, lives in a village in rural Kent, England, and to her fellow villagers seems something of an enigma. Well she might, as Elinor occupies a "grace and favor" property, a rare privilege offered to faithful servants of the Crown for services to the nation. But the residents of Shacklehurst have no way of knowing how dangerous Elinor's war work had been, or that their mysterious neighbor is haunted by her past.

It will take Susie, the child of a young farm worker, Jim Mackie and his wife, Rose, to break through Miss White's icy demeanor—but Jim has something in common with Elinor. He, too, is desperate to escape his past. When the powerful Mackie crime family demands a return of their prodigal son for an important job, Elinor assumes the task of protecting her neighbors, especially the bright-eyed Susie. Yet in her quest to uncover the truth behind the family’s pursuit of Jim, Elinor unwittingly sets out on a treacherous pathyet it is one that leads to her freedom.
Elinor White sounds as though she's cut from the same cloth as Maisie Dobbs, doesn't she? I'm looking forward to reading The White Lady to see if Elinor can wrap me around her little finger the same way Maisie did. I find the cover interesting, too. It reminds me of book illustrations from the 1920s and 1930s.

Are you a fellow Winspear enthusiast? Even if you're not, are you tempted to read this book? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. I do like Winspear's work, Cathy! And Elinor sounds like a strong, interesting protagonist. I didn't know Winspear was embarking on a new series, but this one sounds good; I'll be interested to know what you think of it.

    1. Some places call it a series, others call it a standalone. Whatever it is, I intend to read it!

  2. I have loved Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series so I will definitely be looking out for this one.

    1. Maisie is one of those characters who can really grab you.

  3. I agree with you about Maisie, and Winspear's writing in general. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book a few years ago, and have been following her on social media, so this new one is on my radar also.


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