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Female sleuth hits the depression era,
This review is from: An Incomplete Revenge (A Maisie Dobbs Mystery) (Paperback)
'The old woman rested on the steps of her home, a caravan set apart from those of the rest of her family, her tribe.'
Maisie Dobbs is a great concept - she's a career woman - a career investigator. She uses the psychological in her detection - NLP-like techiques at times. And then the time period in fascinating - post WW1, Maisie was a nurse in the war, her sweetheart was horribly injured. There are class considerations - she is the working class daughter of a groom in a large estate but almost an adopted daughter to that much grander family. She went to Girton college and is therefore a bluestocking. She is, in short, a remarkable woman in a fascinating period.
The execution of these novels doesn't quite pull it off in terms of realising the potential that Winspear has set up and I agree with other reviewers that the series is somewhat uneven. This novel stands alone but will work better if read in sequence. This time the setting is in Kent - the East Enders are there for the hop picking and Maisie investigates some strange goings on invliving gypsies, semi feudalism and land.
I think this is a 3.5 star book - very readable, nice sense of time and place. I'd give it four if the mystery were more mysterious.