Monday, February 27, 2017

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear - #review

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.



Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes In This Grave Hour, Journey to MunichA Dangerous PlaceLeaving Everything Most LovedElegy for Eddie, and eight other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

Find out more about Jacqueline at her website,, and find her on Facebook.


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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.)


  1. Hehehe I know what you mean. Once there is a long series you love then you have to make a lot of space for them! I am glad you enjoyed it so much and also the character of Auntie :)

  2. I laughed and laughed when you said you'd like Maisie to meet your son. I've read lots of reviews for this series, but that really makes me excited for it! I love a well done female protagonist!

    Thank you for being on the tour!

  3. "as unthinkable as an entire English village swearing off tea" LOL Best phrase ever!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour! I hope you find time soon to catch up on the rest of this series.