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An Incomplete Revenge
by Jacqueline Winspear


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 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 suggests a darker criminal element at work. As Maisie discovers, the villagers are bitterly prejudiced against outsiders who flock to Kent at harvest time even more troubling, they seem possessed by the legacy of a wartime Zeppelin raid. Maisie grows increasingly suspicious of a peculiar secrecy that shrouds the village, and ultimately she must draw on all her finely honed skills of detection to solve one of her most intriguing cases.

Rich with Jacqueline Winspear's trademark period detail, this installment of the bestselling series, "An Incomplete Revenge," is gripping, atmospheric, and utterly enthralling."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312428181
  • ISBN-10: 0312428189
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: November 2008
  • Page Count: 323

Series: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

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An Incomplete Revenge

Fans of Winspear's popular series will welcome the return of Ms. Maisie Dobbs, the private investigator-cum-psychologist who has been featured in four previous books. Maisie's great friend, the wealthy James Compton, has made plans to buy a grand house in the village of Heronsdene in Kent, but his doubts are aroused after a series of strange fires in the area. The presence of a group of threatening gypsies, who are in the village to assist with the hop harvest, only adds to the suspicious nature of the place, as does the coolness of Heronsdene's inhabitants. They don't like to discuss what when on there during World War I—a dark chapter in local history involving a zeppelin attack and the death of a family. When the owner of the house Compton hopes to purchase proves to be an unsavory character, Maisie's apprehensions about the wisdom of the acquisition are solidified. Drawn into a mystery involving the past as well as the present, she must use her expertise as a psychologist to unravel the dark goings-on in the village. Winspear writes expertly about England during the era between the world wars, and her infallible ear for syntax—both gypsy and British—lends a wonderful authenticity to this fascinating little tale of detection. Suspenseful and surprising, delightful and engaging, this is a book both mystery lovers and fans of literary fiction will savor.

A reading group guide is included in the book.

 
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