An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear

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The fifth in the Maisie Dobbs series was a satisfying accompaniment to my household chores. As the series continues, there is less emphasis on Maisie’s working class origins, but the author reminds us of her time as a nurse during the war, her academic success at Girten, and her meticulous approach to her work as a detective.

Though each book moves further from World War I and deeper into The Depression, events which occurred during the war continue to be key to the story. This series underscores the ways that horror continued to infect various populations many years later.

The setting is in Kent during hop-picking time when Gypsies and East End Londoners make their way to the countryside for the harvest. An evil lord of the manor makes unpleasantness in an impressive number of ways.

Jacqueline Winspear, An Incomplete Revenge, Picador, 2008, 352 pages (I listened to the audiobook). Available at the UVa and public libraries and from Amazon.

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