An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear

Word Lily review

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear, book 5 of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series (Henry Holt, 2008), 320 pages

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline WinspearSummary
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

About the author
Jacqueline Winspear (Facebook) quit her day job for her writing when she saw the tour schedule for Birds of a Feather. She lives in California, after leaving England in 1990.

Other reviews
Tia Nevitt
A Garden Carried in the Pocket
Good Books and the Random Movie
Pages of Julia
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15 responses to “An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear

  1. I seen one of the Maisie books at Barnes and Noble this weekend and I was so close to picking it up but then did not. Now I am reading your review and wishing I had.

  2. One of these days I really need to start this series!

  3. I really want to try this series – everyone seems to love it.

  4. Thanks for the link. I’m very much enjoying this read-along!

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