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Elinor has been an agent in both world wars and is well equipped to help her neighbours when criminals come knocking. Returning servicemen are increasing the crime rates and the police are fighting a losing battle. Who can she trust.
I found Jacqueline, after reading a Maisie Dobbs book, on a whim. It was a great decision, I then purchased all the books in the series, every one, quite brilliant, in my opinion, so I had just finished a lee child, Jack Reacher book, another Author and Hero, I love and follow, and came across The White Lady, was hooked by the story line, I have just finished it, and I feel I have, read it in record time, I couldn't put it down anyway it's superbly written, with twists and turns everywhere, and I won't spoil the ending, but if more than a couple of readers, guess anywhere close, I would be amazed!!!!! But read it, you will not be disappointed if you are, I will be amazed all over again but you won't, so neather will I......... Mozza
This is similar to the other Winspear books, which have been mostly the Maisie Dobbs series. The main character in this novel is not as "Zen" or accomplished as Maisie Dobbs, but she is likeable and competent. The story takes place in two different time periods, the first and second world wars when the character works with the Resistance, and then postwar when she gets involved with a criminal family. The two periods are connected by her relationships. It only took a couple days to read this. It was entertaining and interesting. I will continue to read the Winspear books in the future.
Initially I hesitated buying this book. After all it was not a Maisie Dobbs novel who I had fallen in love with. Knowing the great quality of Jacqueline Winspear’s I decide to take a chance on The White Lady. All I have to say is that this novel was a wonderful surprise and only hope that Elinore White comes back in a future story. I love stories with strong women.
I don’t read many books written by women. I have nothing against women authors but I just prefer a masculine voice behind a man’s point of view. For some reason, though, this book caught my eye and held it long enough to cause me to make an exception. I’m glad that it did, because I found it to be an interesting and enjoyable read. I’ll now settle back into my normal reading routine, but consume it all from a perspective that’s been changed by a degree or two. Thanks Jacqueline Winspear.
“The White Lady” by Jacqueline Winspear is a novel about Elinor White, a strong, adventuresome woman who leads an exciting life of espionage for Britain in both world wars and tangles with Scotland Yard and the London mafia. Characters and places surface and re-surface throughout the book, along with some exciting action and lots of intrigue.
Elinor Whte is an interesting character. The chapters that take place in 1947 after WW1 and WW2 tell an excellent story. I can’t give it 5 stars because the flash back chapters interrupt the main story. Yes they give back story. Other books have done something similar. This one would have been better it the backstory was told up front in the first few chapters. Then move into the post WW2 main story.
I'm a great fan of Winspear's Maisie Dobbs' books. Now she presents us with another strong heroine in the First and Second World War. Miss Elinor (Linni) White aka de Witt is surely not one-dimensional. She must deal with her past when she shot people to death. She must deal with good forces against good forces within her own government. She must deal with evil forces who know and utilize as threats the "secrets" of some people within the good forces. Besides she sees the awakening of the female within the evil forces.
Very well turned out, this book is. Will it be the beginning of a new series? I sure hope so. The heroine is bright, highly skilled, but also deeply human.
I enjoyed this so much, along with the Maisie Dobbs series. Ms. Winspear writes wonderful books. I hope that this will begin a series. This story of service and redemption has earned a place in my heart!