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An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
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Jan 01, 09

bookshelves: mystery
Recommended for: People who think Dorothy Sayers is too rough.
Read in December, 2008

Maisie Dobbs is a reliable gal for a turn around the park. I know she won't run off into some obscure literary lane to act coy; topics of conversation/investigation are always delightful and not too grisly; and she's deep: The War, man, The Great War. Her experience as a nurse in France colors every choice she has made since, including her choice to pursue her studies under the tutelage of her mentor, French psychiatrist and detective, Maurice. He plucked her from her life "below stairs" in an English manor house and divined her talents.

As an independent woman in the early 1930s, Maisie Dobbs has set out her own shingle and takes on cases with complications that somehow always reach back to The War. Her personal experiences, broad network of acquaintances, and her natural intuition all help her solve her cases. There's not always a dead body, but there are many buried secrets.

The son of the family that had once employed her as a servant hires Maisie to investigate the village and estate of a piece of property and brick works factory he is hoping to invest in. She finds inappropriate behavior on the part of the Lord of the estate, villagers who seem to be harboring a dark secret, and a group of Gypsies settled in for the hop-picking season. True to form, buried secrets are revealed, the deaths are all in the past, and it all goes back to The War.

I listened to the audio book.

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