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An Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Jacqueline Winspear, Author
Jacqueline Winspear, Author . Holt $24 (306p) ISBN 978-0-8050-8215-9
Reviewed on: 11/26/2007
Release date: 02/01/2008

In Edgar-finalist Winspear’s enjoyable fifth installment in her Maisie Dobbs series (after 2006’s Messenger of Truth ), the psychologist/investigator digs deep into a village’s long-buried secrets. Maisie’s benefactor, tycoon James Compton, wants to buy an estate in the bucolic hamlet of Heronsdene, but is wary after a string of mysterious fires. Maisie soon proves Compton’s suspicions correct when she encounters the shady current landowner and a vaguely menacing band of Gypsies in town for the seasonal harvest. The locals are also curiously tight-lipped about Heronsdene’s wartime tragedy, when a zeppelin raid wiped out a family. Teasing out Heronsdene’s secrets will take all the intrepid former nurse’s psychological skills and test her ability to navigate between the Gypsy and gorja (non-Gypsy) worlds. Winspear vividly evokes England between the wars, when the old order crumbled and new horizons beckoned working women like her appealing heroine. Even if a few of the plot twists prove predictable, this jaunt back to a bygone era is as satisfying as a spin in Maisie’s MG. (Feb.)

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