Written By: Jacqueline Winspear

Narrated By: Rita Barrington

Date: July 2008

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes


The book that introduced the world to the intuitive, intelligent, and resourceful heroine Maisie Dobbs—one of literature’s favorite sleuths

Maisie Dobbs entered domestic service in 1910 at thirteen, working for Lady Rowan Compton. When her remarkable intelligence is discovered by her employer, Maisie becomes the pupil of Maurice Blanche, a learned friend of the Comptons. In 1929, following an apprenticeship with Blanche, Maisie hangs out her shingle: M. Dobbs, Trade and Personal Investigations. She soon becomes enmeshed in a mystery surrounding The Retreat, a reclusive community of wounded World War I veterans. At first, Maisie only suspects foul play, but she must act quickly when Lady Rowan’s son decides to sign away his fortune and take refuge there. Maisie hurriedly investigates, uncovering a disturbing mystery, which, in an astonishing denouement, gives Maisie the courage to confront a ghost that has haunted her for years.


  • Terri Bocz

    I like Jacqueline Winspear's kind characters in this novel, my first read in the Maisie Dobbs series. I did find them one dimensional though, dialogue was unconvincing, and narration too sentimental sounding. However, I recently listened to the author's recently published autobiography, and she had an insightful and authentic voice, so I think her writing style has probably developed nicely. I'm going to give Maisie Dobbs another try, and choose a much later book in the series.

  • Coral

    Great classic detective in the Sherlock manner but with a very smart lady

  • Anonymous

    This is such a wonderful author - well-written, beautiful insight into a woman's role in an evolving new era. The language is exquisite - I never want these books to end. Wish there were more by this author available for rental.

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