An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs Series #5)

An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs Series #5)

by Jacqueline Winspear
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An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
An Incomplete Revenge is the fifth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. James Compton, son of Maisie’s long-time patron, Lady Compton, is in the process of purchasing a large estate at Heronsdene, Kent for the family company, but some incidents of petty crime, vandalism and small fires in the area are cause for concern, so Maisie is engaged to conduct enquiries. It is early autumn of 1931, and as these cases all seem to occur during the hop harvest, it is especially convenient that her assistant, Billy Beale usually takes his family for a working holiday hop-picking at this time, and is able to contract to the farm on said estate. The waters are muddied, somewhat, by the influx of large groups of Londoners and gypsies, all taking part in the harvest, and the fact that the villagers of Heronsdene seem reluctant to involve the police or fire-brigade. It appears that the land-owner, Alfred Sandermere, is a poor businessman and not well-liked by his tenant farmers or the villagers. A theft from the Manor house, blamed on two young London boys, sees Maisie visiting the gypsy matriarch in search of information. Maisie notices that the mood in the village is unusual: there is an undercurrent of fear in addition to the resentment and suspicion that the presence of the Londoners and gypsies usually brings. It seems the villagers are still keenly feeling the wartime loss of many of their young men, and are strangely hesitant to discuss the Zeppelin raid that occurred in 1916. In trying to determine if this is a case of sabotage, insurance fraud, opportunistic theft by itinerant workers or something else entirely, Maisie’s investigations lead her to encounters with a determined journalist, a dishonest vicar, a loyal dog, some reticent villagers, a luthier and a very snobbish land-owner. She helps to fight a fire, learns to dowse for silver, attends two funerals, dances with gypsies, reconciles with an old friend and picks some hops. Winspear touches on school bullying, prejudice against gypsies and anyone who is different, mob mentality and, of course, revenge. Her extensive research into gypsy customs and beliefs and into hops and hop picking in the early 20th century is apparent in every page. This gentle-paced mystery has quite a twist in the tail: a shocking crime that only becomes apparent in the last few chapters. Once again, an excellent read that will have Winspear fans looking forward to the next book in the series, Among The Mad. 
Mme-Librarian More than 1 year ago
EM-SD-CA I'm so with you! I savor these books too. Moving on to number 5 today. Discovering this era in English history while following Maisie on her journey has been a very enlightening experience. Filled with ideas to mull over and place and times to envision. What a treat! I'll be so sad when I'm ahead of the author and must wait! And true, one must begin with book one. Grow with Maisie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much better than #4, Maisie's character is more herself. The story is more in keeping with books 1-3. A great classic mystery in the genre of Agatha Christie.
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7 feet tall age 10 likes meat dislikes hunters
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LolaDG More than 1 year ago
Good storytelling and I'll continue with the series. Each one most enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Maisie Dobbs series are remarkable in that while following the life and work of the character, they continue to unfold new and interesting events and characters. Unlike many series, they remain fresh and hold your interest. Incomplete Revenge is a "stand alone" and while the main characters are the backbone of the story, one can read and enjoy this volume on itself.
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BookReflections More than 1 year ago
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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NBO More than 1 year ago
I am loving the Maisie Dobbs novels. I love the characters and am waiting to see if Maisie finds a man. I am on #6 and will be disappointed when the series runs out.
DoctorJS More than 1 year ago
Once again Jaqueline Winspear has woven a post WW1 thriller. Historically fascinating and physiologically intriguing, the novel moves the reader further along through British history.
EM-SD-CA More than 1 year ago
I'm savoring the Maisie Dobbs series like a box of fine chocolates... one bite at a time. Characters, research & storyline are just too good to rush!!!!
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