An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs, #5) by Jacqueline Winspear

An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs, #5)

In her fifth outing, Maisie Dobbs, the extraordinary Psychologist and Investigator, delves into a strange series of crimes in a small rural community.With the country in the grip of economic malaise, and worried about her business, Maisie Dobbs is relieved to accept an apparently straightforward assignment from an old friend to investigate certain matters concerning a potential land purchase. Her inquiries take her to a picturesque village in Ken...

Details An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs, #5)

TitleAn Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs, #5)
Release DateJun 5th, 2008
PublisherHodder Murray
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical Mystery, European Literature, British Literature, Audiobook, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Cozy Mystery

Reviews An Incomplete Revenge (Maisie Dobbs, #5)

  • Phrynne
    I wonder what it is about this series of books that makes me keep on reading even though I am not totally enthusiastic about them! I find Maisie an odd character, not particularly likeable and even a little cold. This book also irritated me with more information than I really needed about gypsies and the author's romanticising of them. Nevertheless the mystery was good, the story was interesting and the post World War One setting was delightful. ...
  • Julia
    My favorite Maisie Dobbs novel yet. I have a notion that Jacqueline Winspear creates her plots the same way Maisie Dobbs solves her mysteries - by sketching out a map containing each clue onto a large canvas until she can see how all the pieces fit together. What I find wonderful about a Winspear mystery is that her canvas doesn't just include who did it, with what, where and when. I suspect it is painted in colors to reflect the season and the c...
  • Celia
    Maisie leaves London and heads to Kent in the middle of hopping season to undertake some investigations into a brickworks and the surrounding village. While I enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series (if you're completely unfamiliar, think post-WW1 solo female detective, a former nurse with painful history), there are several elements to the series that don't click with me - Maisie's psychic abilities are up there (I like fantasy, I just don't like psychics...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    3 starsThis is the 5th book of the series of Maisie Dobbs. Again, not a book that I was wildly happy with. The whole plot seemed to be a bit dull. However there were some characters in this book that were a fun surprise. And as the books continue we are seeing Maisie's life evolve, with the death of her first love, Simon, and the inclusion of a few more characters that are sure to show up in future books. Still looking for that one book in the se...
  • Hannah
    By far my favorite Maisie Dobbs installment since the very first book.I was beginning to wonder how much longer I could stomach Maisie with her psychic abilities, her coldness and her all around off-putting-ness. It's very rare that I will continue with a series in which the main character annoys me so very much, but in the case of this series, I'm willing to put up with her because I do like the style of Winspear's writing, the time period, the ...
  • Marianne
    An Incomplete Revenge is the fifth book in the Maisie Dobbs series by British-born American author, Jacqueline Winspear. James Compton, son of Maisie’s long-time patron, Lady Compton, is in the process of purchasing a large estate at Heronsdene, Kent for the family company, but some incidents of petty crime, vandalism and small fires in the area are cause for concern, so Maisie is engaged to conduct enquiries. It is early autumn of 1931, and as...
  • Betty
    I was very taken with this book I loved the many textures and the fullness of characters, the setting of the late 1930s interspersed with a background story from WWI. I had never read a Maisie Dobbs story before but am fast becoming a new fan! Quite aside from the many mysterious happenings, I enjoyed learning of hop-picking, and the rich fullness of gypsies and gypsy lore.Jacqueline Winspear has a very fluid voice in telling the story, understan...
  • Tonya
    On to the next
  • LJ
    First Sentence: The old woman rested on the steps of her home, a caravan set apart from those of the rest of her family, her tribe.An old friend hires investigator Maisie Dobbs to investigate matters relating to a potential land purchase. Petty thefts have been blamed on London boys there to help pick hops, but the residents also distrust the Gypsies who are there. Maisie has discovered small fires which have occurred each year but no one reporte...
  • Deena
    These aren't bad... after all, I keep reading them! But there are several things about them that I find annoying. I am uncomfortable with the mixture of "sixth sense" and pretentious academic psychology that Maisie supposedly combines to solve her cases. The review at the end, when she returns to the sites she visited during the case, seems to me a contrived device that is essentially pointless. Perhaps I also prefer my mysteries less cerebral. I...
  • Karen Kay
    This series is getting better and better.
  • Dawn Michelle
    These books never fail to just rip my heart out and stomp on it. War is never truly over. Death is not always final. Revenge is never the best way to deal with things of now or the past. One of the best yet [I think the author must cry buckets while writing these - I sure do while reading them] and since they have all been very good, that is the highest praise I can give it.
  • Celia
    My fifth Maisie Dobbs. I can't say I LOVED this one, but still very good. Maisie is asked by James Compton, her benefactress' son, to look into a purchase that he wishes to make in Kent. James is worried that the owner might cause trouble or that he is not who he seems.So Maisie sends Billie to Kent to start the sleuthing. Billy is going there anyway to pick 'ops (AKA hops, the ingredient in beer). Lots of secrets are found in Herendeen, the smal...
  • Julie
    3.5 stars, really, because these books are the ultimate "comfort read" for me. Many of us find comfort in the familiar: meeting a character again and again, and hopefully, if the author gets it right, there is character development along with new plot lines. Winspear does it right. At the same time, there is always a minor flaw in these novels, in that Winspear always seems to withhold a vital piece of information that helps the reader resolve th...
  • Rachel Morrill
    I was surprised to see that I only got this book 8 days ago, and I already finished it this afternoon. I really enjoyed it! I believe this is the 4th or 5th book about the same main character, and I read the one previous to this one just a couple weeks ago. I don't know if I enjoyed this one more on its own, or if it's the fact that I care more about the main character by now. Either way, I am looking forward to reading more Maisie Dobbs books!On...
  • Jessica
    Winspear's a standing favorite of mine, and her latest doesn't disappoint. She captures the emotional resonance of the interwar period so perfectly, and Maisie is one of the most fully realized characters in mystery today. There's a thread of sensitivity and grace threaded through this series that makes it one to return to time and again - more than a mystery, it's an exploration into the mental challenges of grief, loss, and finding your way aga...
  • Sydney Young
    They say that Trees in a forest are connected in ways we humans don't detect. Is it possible that connection lives on in books and humans, by the spores of the paper coming from that forest? I feel this book so keenly, speaking to me about prejudice and world hate today. Wow, I did not expect this. I'm so glad I came back to this series.
  • Sheri
    An old friend hires Maisie Dobbs to investigate matters relating to a potential land purchase. Petty thefts have been blamed on London boys or Gypsy’s who come to the town at certain times of the year to help pick hops. Maisie discovers that fires occur on the same date every year but are never reported to the fire department or the police. A family was killed during the war by a Zeppelin attack, yet no one will talk about it. In this novel, we...
  • Jenny
    This is my favorite Maisie Dobbs installment so far. I love the characters, the setting, and the unique abilities Maisie has. I am grateful to co-workers who suggested this series. I would prefer to see more of Inspector Stratton, that is my one small complaint.
  • Charlene Intriago
    This time Maisie is investigating a land purchase near the village of Heronsdene in Kent for the company of family friend James Compton. There have been some thefts and in particular some fires that need to be explained before the Compton company will buy the estate. Set in the fall of 1931, Londoners and gypsies are descending on the village to work alongside the locals to pick hops. The locals are not the friendliest of folks and Maisie senses ...
  • Nicole
    I really enjoy the character of Maisie Dobbs and find the mysteries that she investigates to be quite interesting, however, as I have noted in other reviews of this series, the author leaves me feeling a little flat. Sometimes I realize the mystery has been resolved well after the resolution because it just happened between breakfast and tea with no outstanding prose. I will keep reading the series, though. Love the character and backdrop of 1930...
  • Leslie
    Reading this series on audio is a wonderful experience. The narrator brings the characters to life, and really gets me inside Maisie, who is developing into a softer, more rounded character, now able to accept her faults and shortcomings as well as her skills and abilities. So glad there are still several books ahead of me!
  • Andrew
    4.5 Stars This was an excellent read and got me out of the funk I have been in and the mini reading slump I have been in over the past week. I do love the Maisie Dobbs books, even without the historical mystery element, they have a different and refreshing feel to other crime novels. Yet again the events in this story relate back to the Dirst World War despite it being 1931 but I have to say yet again it worked. I also like the way each case is w...
  • Dennis Fischman
    I am pretty sure I did read this book before, and this time I saw how carefully the author intertwined the mystery, the history, the progress of Maisie’s own healing, and her changing relationships with all the main characters. The gypsy magic is stuff and nonsense to me, but it’s consistent with the character as we know her. A very good read.
  • Elizabeth Dodd
    Winspear does an extraordinary job of creating the time, place, and people of this story.There is sadness and loss, but, like the phoenix that is mentioned, much rises out of the fire to newness.Maisie Dobbs continues to grow and explores new areas (to her readers) of her background.I particularly appreciated the "wrap up " with the dog's story-line.A marvelous read.
  • Mal Warwick
    Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series is always a refreshing change from the blood and guts that are common fare in most other detective fiction. Maisie, who bills herself as a “Psychologist and Investigator,” is unlike any other protagonist in crime fiction. There’s nothing the least bit hard-boiled about her. Operating in London and points south, Maisie works under the ever-present pall of World War I. Though it’s now the 1930s, M...
  • Michelle
    This is definitely my favorite so far of the series. Especially considering I found the last one to be most depressing. Hope seems to be returning to Maisie's world, despite her suffering one more loss in this book. And the portent of WWII looms in the not so distant future. Winspear's books are very much a recommended read, and as I have now caught up with the books so far published, I shall sit here and sulk until another comes out...For those ...
  • Marie
    I usually prefer my mysteries set in the here and now, but Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series, set in post WWI England is an exception. It presents the devastation of war in vivid terms constantly reminding me why I am a pacifist, at the same time giving hope as Maisie keeps growing beyond her terrible war traumas. This is the fifth book in the series, but it gives enough background to understand Maisie so it can be read on its own. Maisie...
  • Barbara
    This is the 5th of the Maise Dobbs books and I think it may be the best of the series since the first one. Winspear manages to weave multiple themes, but with so much grace that they never feel forced or crowded. I was particularly impressed with the material about gypsies and the subplot about the effect of war on our humanity. The narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, does a wonderful job. In an interview on one of these audiobooks, Winspear says that she ...
  • Jenn Estepp
    i fear that the masie dobbs series is declining in quality as it goes on. or, rather, i did. this is better than the last few have been, although i do still sometimes feel her to be a bit to perfect of a character. i don't like it when the author constantly tells me how remarkable their characters are ...