An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs Mystery 5) Hardcover – 12 Jun 2008
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'Psychologically convincing' (Jessica Mann, Literary Review)
'The author captures the atmosphere of (the 1930s) with great accuracy, borne out by extensive research' (Dover Express & Folkestone Herald)
'A riveting read...it is an easy book to read yet is not, I felt, a light read as it delves into the horrors of the First World War' (Newbooks)
'So well written that it leaves you wanting more' (The Bookfiends Kingdom)
'The terrific mystery is intriguing and full of suspense which makes for an absorbing read' (Dartford Messenger)
'She has created a fascinating working class heroine, Maisie Dobbs ... if you don't usually read detective stories just meet Maisie Dobbs and you may change your mind' (Driffield Leader)
'The accurate period detail makes this series a worthy successor to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple books' (Good Book Guide)
Praise for Jacqueline Winspear (***)
'In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created - she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!' (Alexander McCall Smith)
A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century (Elizabeth George)
A heroine to cherish (New York Times)
A wry and immensely readable beginning to what promises to be a vivid new addition to crime fiction (Praise for MAISIE DOBBS, Daily Mail)
The British counterpart to Alexander McCall Smith's The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Associated Press)
Feisty, working-class heroine Maisie is a deliberate throwback to the sleuthettes of old-fashioned crime writing. The well-plotted story, its characters and the picture of London between the wars are decidedly romantic. American readers loved it; many Brits will, too. (Guardian)
A terrific mystery ... Intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read (Observer)
Even if detective stories aren't your thing, you'll love Maisie Dobbs (New Woman)
'Think Upstairs Downstairs meets Miss Marple - with a touch of chirpy cheerful Cockney from the Dick Van Dyke school' (Yorkshire Post)
A Zeppelin raid in a sleepy Kent village ...
An innocent family killed...
Unsolved crimes hang over Heronsdene and Maisie Dobbs is hired to uncover the truth. But outsiders are not welcome and the locals will go to extreme lengths to prevent their long-buried secret from coming to light.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is 1931, the country is deep in economic recession and Maisie is concerned about her business. She is therefore delighted to accept an assignment to investigate certain matters concerning a possible land purchase. Her investigations take her to rural Kent during the late summer hop picking season, to a village in which mysterious fires have taken place with alarming regularity and where the villagers - suspicious of everyone, particularly those involved in the hop picking (the families from London's East End and gypsies) - hide behind a wall of secrecy. As well as investigating the potential land purchase, Maisie is keen to discover the truth behind the fires.
As with Jacqueline Winspear's former Maisie Dobbs novel, this latest one is rich with period detail (a time when even a telephone was a luxury item) as well as instances of the gypsy language. This is the most exciting, atmospheric and enthralling of the Maisie Dobbs novels to date.
It is hop picking season and Billy Beale, Maisie’s assistant, takes his family into Kent to take part in the picking while he is sleuthing for Maisie. The villagers seem to be very close knit and they don’t want to talk about past events and they won’t report crimes which seem to happen at the same time each year.
This is a very dark mystery where the shadows of World War I still hang heavy over the villagers and are still affecting events in the nineteen thirties. Maisie also has to face up to her own past and try to understand her mother’s family background. The story shows the best of human nature and the worst. The book could be read as a standalone novel but is probably better read as part of a series. This is number five.
If you decide to read these books do start at the beginning to really appreciate Maisie's psychological approach to detection.
She solves mysteries by a combination of intuition and gentle probing. Shades of Miss Marple perhaps - only younger and driving an MG.
The nuances of 1930s class and speech are well observed, though sometimes the use of modern psychological ideas such as focusing or visualisation jar with the 1930s setting.
All the problems Maisie deals with have their roots in the First World War. Its aftermath and effect on combatants and non-combatants alike is a theme running through all the Maisie Dobbs novels - an original idea.
Dramatisations of the novels would make ideal Sunday night viewing. I wonder if any production company has shown interest?
Maisy's own story is involving, if a bit unlikely, and that of her assistant, Billy, is actually painfully likely. Jacqueliine Winspear made me care about what happens to them. Certainly, I understand the early part of the twentieth century much better than I did before.
I did not read the novels in order but read the third in the series and immediately ordered all the others from Amazon. Now,I have nearly finished reading them all and will be horrified when there aren't any more for me to plunge into!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the series of Maisy Dobbs mysteries and this one is no exception. The narration was quite good in the main but I wish Orlagh Cassidy had researched a bit more on her English... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dafadowndilly
Normally,one is gripped from the beginning;but this book took some effort to get into,almost as if written by committee. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bryan Lant
I am looking forward to reading this as I am enjoying the series.Published 15 months ago by Badger55