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An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear

An Incomplete Revenge

by Jacqueline Winspear

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Series: Maisie Dobbs (5)

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Maisie and her former mentor, Maurice Blanche, are still estranged after their conflict last year over Maurice's secrets. The Beales are still mourning the loss of their young daughter, Lizzie. The sputtering economy of the early thirties is putting a strain on everything, including Maisie's business. It's a relief when James Compton brings her a seemingly straightforward case that sends Maisie and the Beales to the village of Heronsdene, in Kent, to investigate some odd events around some property he's planning to purchase for the Compton Company.

There have been a rash of petty crimes, burglaries, thefts, and, more seriously, a series of potentially dangerous arson fires, these always on or near the anniversary of a zeppelin raid during the war, which killed the village's baker and his wife and daughter.

What seems straightforward becomes unexpectedly complicated and painfully personal for Maisie, as Heronsdene's dark secret forces her to confront her own loss, grief, and emotional scars from the war.

Winspear convincingly captures the experiences of an independent woman between the wars, and allows Maisie to grow and develop in every story. It's a humane look at some very painful issues, and told in elegantly readable form.


I borrowed this book from a friend. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
So pat, but nicely textured. There were a number of misused words; minor malapropisms that jarred. ( )
  themulhern | Sep 5, 2018 |
I just finished "An Incomplete Revenge" by Jacqueline Winspear. Her books are always carefully plotted and even many of the lesser characters are well fleshed out. This one was set in 1931 in Kent during the hop picking season--considered a bit of a vacation for the working class of London, even though they were working, ie, a change of scenery being in the sunshine in the country.

As always, this part of the series blends the wounds of the past (WW I) with the stories of the present. In this instance, a wartime bombing in a Zeppelin raid lies at the root of random fires set on the anniversary of that bombing each year and the air of guilt woven through the village. ( )
  cfk | Aug 16, 2018 |
I continue to enjoy this series with a few reservations. I don't care for the touches of mysticism that have become increasingly common. I do enjoy the ongoing relationships that Masie has with her friends and family. I love the overall tone of the series. The mystery here was pretty easy to put together, but the process of watching it unravel was interesting. ( )
  duchessjlh | Aug 11, 2018 |
A family friend wants to buy a farm because it has an attached brick works. The owner thinks he owns the village as in feudal days and he is a drunk. Maise is to investigate the situation due to strange missing items and false insurance claims. ( )
  pgabj | Aug 10, 2018 |
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Winspear vividly evokes England between the wars, when the old order crumbled and new horizons beckoned working women like her appealing heroine. Even if a few of the plot twists prove predictable, this jaunt back to a bygone era is as satisfying as a spin in Maisie's MG.
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Davidson, AndrewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Of all the gifts that people can give to one another, the most meaningful and long lasting are strong but simple love and the gift of story."
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What Is Enough
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.

-Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

-Josh Billings, U.S. humorist(1818-1885)

Dedicated to my parents,
Albert and Joyce Winspear
With All My Love
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The old woman rested on the steps of her home, a caravan set apart from those of the rest of her family, her tribe.
If it was Time's task to diminish the yearning for one who has passed, then Time had done a poor job, for Maisie could still see the ache of loneliness for his wife's company reflected in her father's eyed.
The heart doesn't know chronos time, Maisie.
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With the country in the grip of economic malaise, Maisie Dobbs is relieved to accept an apparently straightforward assignment to investigate 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 petty crimes suggest a darker criminal element at work. A peculiar secrecy shrouds the village, and ultimately Maisie must draw on her finely-honed skills of detection to solve one of her most intriguing cases yet.
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Maisie is asked to investigate a potential land purchase. Her inquiries take her to a village in Kent during the hop picking season. Mysterious fires erupt in the village and a series of petty crime suggest a darker criminal element at work. A peculiar secrecy shrouds the village, and Maisie needs to use her skills to solve one of her most intriguing cases yet.… (more)

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