An Incomplete Revenge

Maisie Dobbs #5 by Jacqueline Winspear
Published on: April 1, 2010

Maisie Dobbs 5An Incomplete Revenge is my first Jacqueline Winspear and Maisie Dobbs novel. I checked Maisie #5 out from my local library and listened to the audio book version and did not technically “read” the book, which possibly alters my response to the book, but I really hope not.

In the story, Maisie investigates specific matters for a potential land purchase. As she investigates she interviews various villagers of Heronsdene in regards to two main themes: Random fires that occur on an annual basis and a Zepplin encounter that occurred during the war. But Maisie also has a private life outside of investigating and that story is told as well.

What I’ve always appreciated about audio books is they allow you to hear the moments in-between. So often when I’m tired I will start skipping texts or words of a book to get quickly to the next main point. I will race through battle scenes or descriptions of hills or houses or people. But in an audio book you read (hear) every word the author wrote – all those moments in-between. I want to commend the lady who read the audio book. It was very nicely done – soothing, but authentic. The pace was perfect for the style of book and the manner of story. But listening to every word helped me appreciate the author’s dedication to each moment at hand and the descriptions of each that I so often miss when rushing through paragraphs. It also heightened my respect for the background work the author must have done regarding the time period the story is set it. I found the story very relaxing and enjoyable. So much so, that I have already checked out Maisie Dobbs #6 from my library. I look forward to what comes next in her life, both personally and professionally.

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