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An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs Series #5)

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    I didn't have a great experience when I read Messenger of Truth,

    I didn't have a great experience when I read Messenger of Truth, which was number four in the Maisie Dobbs series.  I had heard so many great things, that I decided I had to give another one a try and I'm so glad that I did.




    Business is slow for Maisie and she's quite happy when work starts trickling in to distract her from a personal loss.  However, what seemed like a simple job turns into quite a bit of mystery and things aren't as they seem (not surprising to us).  Over a span of time Maisie puts all the pieces together well before the reader and slowly unveils the truth which is quite surprising.




    On the story...
    While I wasn't intrigued from the very beginning, I soon fell into the story.  Many of the complaints I had in the previous book concerning Maisie's attitude isn't present here.  The story started off a bit slow for me but when I recognized the bizarre circumstances I became hooked. There are many characters and many repeats.  I didn't start from book one so I think that it's possible to jump in at any time with this series.  There is mention of previous events but it isn't such a big deal.  Honestly, I found the ending to be so beyond anything I ever expected, it left me thinking quite a bit.




    On the narrator...
    Ms. Cassidy did a great job with this audio but I'm not sure I would recommend the audio version for other reasons.  Ms. Cassidy easily took on the varying accents and her voice gave the characters personality.  But there are quite a bit of details in this mystery and many many characters.  I think it just might be simpler and easier to read just in case you forget something and want to flip back




    Overall...
    I'm glad that I didn't give up on this series because this story was very entertaining.  My advice?  Read the back of the book and pick up a book where the actual mystery interests you.  Otherwise the unveiling could take some time and if you aren't interested in the subject it might drag.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Unique

    Beautifully written and atmospheric.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    A Cozy Mystery

    When my local library received the latest in the this series - An Incomplete Revenge - in audio format, I decided to borrow it to listen in the car. I'm quite glad I did as it made such a difference to listen to it. The characters came alive. The reader had a wonderful English accent that set the tone and location for this book. Maisie Dobbs is a psychologist and investigator. All the novels take place in England in the late 1920's. Maisie is asked to investigate a small village for a company hoping to purchase the local brick works. They are concerned about a series of fires and small thefts that have been occurring. It is hop picking season in the village, so her assistant Billy and his family are also in the village to work, as are a band of gypsies. The villagers do not report the fires and just gloss over them. They are very reticent about some of the history of the village and do not like the gypsies. With patient questioning Maisie unravels the mysteries surrounding this tiny enclave. The descriptions of society at this time are fascinating. If you're looking for a good cozy mystery, this might be for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    Post WW I mystery involving pickers of hops and village problems

    An Incomplete Revenge takes place in the area around London right after World War I. The story involves Londoners and Gypsies that travel to the farming areas and pick hops during the harvesting season. They are not welcomed to the area but they are a necessary part of hop picking and generally they stay to themselves, but sometimes get in trouble, especially the younger ones. Masie Dobbs is a Psychologist and Investigator who is very good at her job. Masie is hired by James Compton to investigate a large estate and a brickyard that he in interested in purchasing. The area is called Heronsdene and reports are telling him that there are some strange things going on in that area including burglary and fires, some of which appears to be minor mischief. Compton did not want to purchase something where troubles would run wild and make it an irresponsible purchase. Masie goes to the area and senses herself that Heronsdene is indeed a source of trouble. She could feel it just by walking the streets and talking to the shop owners and citizens in the town. Masie goes out into the woods nearby and finds the Gypsies and the Londoners, both picking the hops but as far a part from each other as possible. They don¿t like each other any more than the people of Heronsdene like either group. Masie enters each group and makes as much of an inroad as possible while attempting to find out what action they perform that might be causing the mischief in the city. She makes friends, or as friendly as the groups would allow. After time, they started to take Masie into their confidence much more than any other persons around. It seems there had been a German Zeppelin raid during the war that had bombed a house in the area. No one would talk about that raid or the circumstances caused by it. Masie had to dig wide and far to get a little bit here and a little bit there. No one trusted the Sandermere family that owned the large estate. They had money, got drunk, got into trouble with women, and got away with things no one should be allowed to, causing distrust and distaste in the entire area. Masie made connections with various residents in the area as she gathered her information for James Compton. She also was in touch with a reporter, Beattie Drummond, who was trying to get a great story so she could make progress up the staff of a major newspaper. Beattie and Masie exchanged information, helping each other a lot. The story is slow moving at times which I have found some English authors tend to do but the descriptions of the areas and people from that area are great. Jacqueline Winspear has grabbed the atmosphere of the time and area and placed it in words that do not leave the reader wanting. She also gives an insight into life among the Gypsies and the lower class Londoners that have to travel around to make a living doing hard work for small pay.

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