An Incomplete Revenge

An Incomplete Revenge

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Book - 2008
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In her fifth outing, Maisie Dobbs, the extraordinary Psychologist and Investigator, delves into a strange series of crimes in a small rural community   With the country in the grip of economic malaise, and worried about her business, Maisie Dobbs is relieved to accept an apparently straightforward assignment from an old friend to investigate certain matters concerning a potential land purchase. Her inquiries take her to a picturesque village in Kent during the hop-picking season, but beneath its pastoral surface she finds evidence that something is amiss. Mysterious fires erupt in the village with alarming regularity, and a series of pettycrimes suggests a darker criminal element at work. As Maisie discovers, the villagers are bitterly prejudiced against outsiders who flock to Kent at harvest time - even more troubling, they seem possessed by the legacy of a wartime Zeppelin raid. Maisie grows increasingly suspicious of a peculiar secrecy that shrouds the village, and ultimately she must draw on all her finely honed skills of detection to solve one of her most intriguing cases. Rich with Jacqueline Winspear's trademark period detail, this latest installment of the bestselling series is gripping, atmospheric, and utterly enthralling.
Publisher: New York :, H. Holt,, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805082159
Branch Call Number: M WINS
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 19, 2020

Does “available now” mean it is ready to be picked up?

What does “in progress “ mean? A key to terms would help.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 21, 2020

Continue to return to this historical mystery series. This one looks at anti-immigrant sentiment in England during WWI and its aftermath, which is always interesting to look at in juxtaposition to the times in which we live.

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Aug 26, 2016

This is a story about a village that has been avoiding its past. Not only did I love the story, it occurs to me now that the author has woven together a beautiful bittersweet backdrop of sounds, colours, and occasionally even scents. The character of Maisie is still evolving, but the hard edge she often had in the last story is gone. An Incomplete Revenge is my new favourite Maisie Dobbs story -- so far at least.

Jul 14, 2015

This fifth book in the series did not keep my interest as much as the previous four.
However, one of my favorite things about Maisie is her post case ritual of revisiting people and places that were significant during the case. In this book, the final accounting was especially rewarding. It included a new companion for her father, closure surrounding the death of a loved one and the gift of a gramophone.

Dec 23, 2014

I was yearning for a meaning full book and stumbled on this semi spiritual English gem. A very mature, person wrote this and the number of times the word "tea" is mentioned is so comforting ;also toast.

Aug 04, 2011

I've been listening to all the Masie Dobbs books (except the first one) as digital downloads. I thought the second in the series a little weak but I think they've gotten to be much better. And the reader (who switches in the third book) is better suited to the task, too.

The mysteries are not really the main point--i can figure them out, and though i am an avid mystery reader, I'm not much of a solver, so that really says something. But I read them (or listen to them) as much for the character development. It seems to me quite rare to have a series of mysteries where the person changes so much through the series--there is a real arc.

Now I confess the occasional bout of psychic (as opposed to psychological) insight gives me pause. But it seems to me the books are less and less about that and more about understanding people and a bit of intuition, which I can happily live with.

For those who listen to books, I strongly recommend these, but you really do need to do them in order.

Dec 01, 2010

Ok read. It didnt keep me on the edge of my seat or anything but it was a pretty good story. There may have been a few dry moments.

Eunice Jul 24, 2009

The series continues to be outstanding in detail and historical context.

DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

Set in England in the years following the Great War, Maisie is a rarity.
A former servant whose thirst and capacity for knowledge garnered the respect of her employers, Maisie rose above her station, studied with one of the finest minds in England, served as a nurse on the front lines in France, and survived the war, but not without scars both internal and external.
Putting her studies to good use, Maisie opened her own investigative service, and uses her skills of perception and detection to solve some unusually complex problems.
With each passing novel a little more of Maisie’s character is tantalizingly revealed, and in An Incomplete Revenge, we learn that Maisie’s powers of observation may have much deeper roots than were developed in her studies.
As she investigates some petty crimes and arson in picturesque Kent, she discovers that a profound shadow of the Great War hangs over one village in particular, and Maisie acquires some unusual allies - with similar powers of observation – while attempting to solve their malaise.
The Maisie Dobbs series will be enjoyed by those who like a great deal of atmosphere and reflection in their mysteries.


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