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An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs Mystery 5) Hardcover – 12 Jun 2008

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (12 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719569516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719569517
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 22.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

Book Description

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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For those who have not yet read the Maisie Dobbs series of novels, it is my advice not to start with this one, but with the first in the series entitled Maisie Dobbs and then read the next four in chronological order. For those already familiar with Maisie, and who already know the back story of our psychologist/private investigator, they certainly won't be disappointed with her latest exploits.
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.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2014
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Maisie Dobbs is working for James Compton – son of Lord Julian and Lady Rowan, Maisie’s former employers when she was a servant. She has been asked to find out background information on an estate in Kent that the Compton Company wants to buy.

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.
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I am not sure what it is about Maisie Dobbs and her friends and family that draw me but I can't put these books down once I start reading them(in order). An Incomplete Revenge is another good yarn, set in the interwar years drawing on contemporary lifestyles and prejudices. Maybe I envy Maisie her independence and career? She is certainly a great character and I look forward to reading the rest of the books.
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Enjoyed this episode of the Maisie Dobbs series very much. I had felt that one or two of the more recent one's weren't quite as strong, but this one tied up loose ends and filled in some gaps in the backstory and seemed to set the stage for Maisie to go forward in future episodes with a renewed strength. The whole series is an interesting exploration of the aftermath of the First World War which was still evident when I was a child (in the late 40s and 50s)when the widows and spinsters of the First War were joined by those whose lives were similarly reshaped by the Second. It's made me reconsider the wonderful women who were my teachers and who had experienced similar traumas. A fascinating social history of this period and it's social effect on women is to be found in "Singled Out" which I'd also highly recommend.

If you decide to read these books do start at the beginning to really appreciate Maisie's psychological approach to detection.
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Maisie Dobbs is a private investigator and psychologist in early 1930s London.

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?
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I thoroughly enjoyed this, the fourth Maisie Dobbs book I have read. The story is intricate and fascinating, and informative about gypsy law and language. Maisie herself is such a compelling character and I enjoy the author's clear and vivid descriptions of just about everything, from landscape to clothes. She has a real gift of making the reader see in their mind's eye what she is describing, and she does this simply, without a lot of flowery language. I feel I "escape" into Maisie Dobbs' world and the books demand nothing from me but just interest and enjoyment. What a treasure!
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By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2011
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This is a highly atmospheric novel combining a vivid picture of life in the 1930s with a well-researched portrayal of Romany culture. This instalment of the sleuthing career of Maisie Dobbs has a strong story-line that coptivated me with its opening paragraph and held my attention until the story's end, when I closed the book regretfully, wishing that I could learn more about its chief characters. The Maisie Dobbs stories are gently civilised and full of fascinating characterisations, although there are the almost inevitable departures from probability that enable the writers of detective stories to provide a neatly shaped plot. Someone I know commented that the Maisie Dobbs novels are 'Tommy and Tuppence meet Miss Marple' and, apart from being set in the same era, they do have a similar pace and cultivated tone. However, I don't find this a drawback but rather a delighrful change from the violence and amoral tone of many modern whodunnits and thrillers. What delights me about these books is that they are highly moral and psychologically truthful, so that I am provoked to think and to learn.Maisie's philosophy is not mine and I suspect some of her ideas very much, but I am delighted that I know what they are and have to evaluate them. They affirm that we live in a moral universe.
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!
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