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Saturday, April 5, 2008
Review - An Incomplete Revenge
An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
Genre - Period Mystery
5th in Series
Number of Pages 320
Rating 4.0 0ut of 5
I chose this book because I am already familiar with the works of Jacqueline Winspear and so I was looking forward to this fifth installment of her Maisie Dobbs series. I was not disappointed.
Maisie Dobbs, a psychologist/investigator is hired by long time benefactor James Compton to investigate reports of mysterious fires happening in Heronsdene where he wishes to purchase an estate. The towns people are closemouthed about the events and as Maisie continues to investigate she discovers that they are also closed lipped about a war time incident as well. A shady landowner and a mysterious group of gypsies add suspense and colour to the story.
Although some of the plot twists are predictable, Winspear provides a vivid description of England between the two great wars when society is experiencing great changes and challenges. She shines light on the subjects of prejudice, fear, and guilt in a way that challenges the reader to look at their own selves.