Rakestraw Books presents Jacqueline Winspear


Jacqueline Winspear, The White Lady

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 farmworker, 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.

We have enjoyed Jacqueline Winspear's books for more years than we can remember, so it's a special treat to welcome her back to Rakestraw Books for her third visit on Thursday, 29 March 2023 at 7 PM. During this in-person event, Winspear will be sharing The White Lady, taking audience questions, and signing books.

Please make your reservations for this event by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337. Please note that -- while book purchase is not required -- we are asking that copies of The White Lady presented for signing be purchased here. Thank you.

"The White Lady is a triumph of storytelling. Rarely have I been swept up into a novel, into the lives of the main characters, so quickly and thoroughly. Winspear creates in Elinor White (The White Lady), a complex, endearing, achingly flawed hero. This is both fast-paced and thoughtful, bold and nuanced, a thriller that is thrillingly human. I loved it." — Louise Penny

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
3 Railroad Ave
Danville, CA 94526
The White Lady: A British Historical Mystery By Jacqueline Winspear Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062867988
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - March 21st, 2023