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An Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Novels) (edition 2008)

by Jacqueline Winspear

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Title:An Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Novel (Maisie Dobbs Novels)
Authors:Jacqueline Winspear
Info:Picador (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
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Tags:Fiction, British, Mystery, Interwar, ER, Read, 2009

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4.5 Stars This was an excellent read and got me out of the funk I have been in and the mini reading slump I have been in over the past week. I do love the Maisie Dobbs books, even without the historical mystery element, they have a different and refreshing feel to other crime novels. Yet again the events in this story relate back to the Dirst World War despite it being 1931 but I have to say yet again it worked. I also like the way each case is wrapped up by revisiting elements of the mystery. A momentous event happened in this book which could change things moving forward for Maisie. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | May 13, 2017 |
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  clue | Jan 1, 2017 |
Gypsies, tramps, and thieves. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
2008, MacMillan Audio, Read by Orlagh Cassidy

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In the midst of the hop-picking season in the village of Heronsdene, Kent, Maisie Dobbs undertakes an assignment from James Compton, son of her long-time supporter, Lady Rowan Compton, to look into aspects of a land purchase on his behalf. She quickly discovers the locals’ prejudices against the seasonal workers from London and the traveling gypsies who flock to Kent at harvest-time. As she is pulled deeper into the investigation, Maisie is increasingly intrigued by the peculiar mood of melancholy and secrecy that shrouds the village, a feeling that is inflamed by the villagers' fear – but just what has caused them to be so afraid?

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Another great Maisie Dobbs installment. I loved the setting of this one: hop-picking season in a small village – as well as the varied groups of characters. Particularly, I enjoyed reading about the gypsies: the elderly Bula who becomes an ally to Maisie, and teaches her the skill of divining – and I found the customs of the larger group very interesting. Maisie puts her psychology degree to good use here, uncovering the mysterious melancholy and fear that permeates Heronsdene. Great story! ( )
  lit_chick | Jul 13, 2016 |
I love the Maisie Hobbs series. In this one the setting is Kent in the early 1930's. Maisie is finding enough work to keep her and Billie busy during the beginning of the Great Depression. Maisie is asked by an old friend to investigate a small village in Kent during the fall hop picking season. Her friend is considering a considerable business expense and he wants Maisie to take the pulse of the village. There have been an number of break-ins and fires in the village since the war ended about 11 years ago. During the war a large number of young men who were lost in the trenches, and a zeppelin destroyed a thriving business in the village, as well as the Dutch family who ran the bakery which was bombed. Maisie uncovers a lot of long-buried secrets with her dogged investigation. We see life in a small Kent village in the early 1930's, during the busy hop picking season, as well as the people who come to help with the harvest, including gypsy clans. I love Ms. Winspear's knowledge of her historical time, and the character development of all the characters, including the secondary characters. This is what sets such a believable stage for Ms. Winspear's stories. ( )
  Romonko | Jun 3, 2016 |
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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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"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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