An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear, book 5 of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series (Henry Holt, 2008), 320 pages
It’s the fall of 1931, and Maisie’s latest case takes her to Kent, during hop-picking season. Although the case seemed straightforward (as always), the town lives under a cloud, which makes it hard to get at the truth.
I enjoyed seeing the different cultures represented in this book. How this one worked out was a bit more obvious to me than some have been, but I liked stepping a toe into the Roma world with Maisie.
I wish there’d been more of Maisie’s weaving and dyeing in the book. I did like this phrase, though: “newly drawn to color.” (page 10)
Perhaps what I like best about this series is how the books interact with each other. One foreshadows the case and lessons of the next, while also leaning on the knowledge gleaned in the volume(s) that came before it. It’s hard to say for sure, though, because I also love the setting, how the book leans on history. And the titles! Each book’s title is so multi-faceted, they’re brilliant.
Maisie Dobbs books
1. Maisie Dobbs [my review]
2. Birds of a Feather [my review]
3. Pardonable Lies [my review]
4. Messenger of Truth [my review]
5. An Incomplete Revenge
6. Among the Mad
7. The Mapping of Love and Death
8. A Lesson in Secrets
Part of my impetus for getting back to this series was Book Club Girl’s read-along, Mad about Maisie. Here’s the discussion for this title. The next book, Among the Mad, will be discussed starting March 28.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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