With the country in the grip of economic malaise, Maisie Dobbs is relieved to accept an apparently straightforward assignment to investigate a potential land purchase. Her inquiries take her to a picturesque village in Kent during the hop-picking season, but beneath its pastoral surface she finds evidence that something is amiss. Mysterious fires erupt in the village with alarming regularity, and a series of petty crimes suggest a darker criminal element at work. A peculiar secrecy shrouds the village, and ultimately Maisie must draw on her finely-honed skills of detection to solve one of her most intriguing cases yet.
The fifth in the series? Where have I been all of Maisie Dobbs' life? (I mean, if she were a real person and not 100 years old (or so), I'd probably want to have Maisie meet my son! *lol*)
Ms. Winspear scripted a delicious tension in the story from beginning to end. There's the whole 'I'm not getting the full story here' vibe, tension between the locals and Londoners, the Roma against - well - everybody, and the townspeople against a boorish land owner. The village, as well, has one whopping big secret that will eventually out.
I also especially enjoyed the character of the old Roma 'Auntie'. She had amazingly clear vision while all around her saw things the way they wanted them to be, or didn't like what they did see.
And I'm going to have to find another 12 spaces on my TBR shelf for the rest of the series. Or build a new shelf. Because not reading the rest of the series is as unthinkable as an entire English village swearing off tea.
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(Disclosure: I received a copy of An Incomplete Revenge from the author and publishers via TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)