An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear – Book Review

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
Published by Picador, an imprint of Macmillan

My reviews of the first four books in the series: Maisie Dobbs, Birds of a Feather, Pardonable Lies, Messenger of Truth.

Whether the problem is summer or simply the increasingly dire economic depression, business is tough for Maisie. So tough that she is quite happy that her employee, Billy, will be off picking hops in Kent for a week with his family, because it relieves her from having to pay his salary when there is no work coming in. Coincidentally enough, when work does come in, in the form of James Compton, son of Maisie’s benefactor Lady Compton, Maisie finds herself heading for Kent as well. Compton’s company is interested in a brickworks, but is concerned about the small fires that occur in the town yearly, as well as the acts of petty vandalism. Eventually, the mystery traces back to what happened during the war, both in France and at home, as all of Maisie’s cases do.

This is probably my favorite Maisie Dobbs book so far, which is a relief since the fourth book, Messenger of Truth, was probably my least favorite. My love of this one is a combination of a couple factors. First was the exploration of community and how small towns dealt with losing most of their young men in the war, and what that left them in the aftermath. Secondly, we were able to explore more of Maisie’s past and her family history. It is revealed relatively early on in this book that Maisie’s grandmother was a gypsy, which accounts for her gift of something that is a little more than intuition. I was happy to finally have an explanation of that, because Maisie’s occasional near clairvoyance has always bothered me just a bit.

The most captivating and moving of the Maisie Dobbs book yet. Bring on book five! If you haven’t started this series yet, what are you waiting for?

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10 comments to An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear – Book Review

  • This one and The Mapping of Love and Death are my two favorites. I really enjoyed Maisie’s backstory as well. Plus, it was nice to see Billy and his family out of the city. They seem relatively happy in the merriment (though hard work) of the hop picking.

    Glad you liked this one because I remember you weren’t thrilled with the last. It’s been a while so I don’t really remember that one as much.

    I can’t wait for the new one!

  • This was my favorite so far, as well. Though I say that with every new book. Nice to not only get Maisie back story but also to see her future opening up.

  • I also love this series. Incomplete Revenge is very good and I think you’ll enjoy Lessons in Secrets which will release next week. I just finished an ARC and loved it. Will post a review next week.

  • Good to know the author is keeping the series fresh. That has to be the biggest challenge with writing a series.

  • Here here for freshness and recapturing your love! XOX

  • I have only read one, the first, Maisie so far, but I must continue the series…maybe skipping that forth one. lol

  • I hadn’t really considered reading this series until after I saw the author speak at the Tucson Festival of Books last weekend. Mysteries don’t draw my attention as much as other genres, so I really didn’t even know who the author was or what the series is about. I’m glad to see that you liked this one so much. I’ll be reading the first one sometime soon.

  • I started with book 7, not knowing it was part of a series. I loved it so much that I know have to got back and start from the begining.

  • I was glad for an explanation for Maisie’s clairvoyance, too.