AN INCOMPLETE REVENGE
Winspear's poignant story centers
on characters who are rebuilding
their lives after being physically and emotionally ravaged by World War I. Elegant prose suits the bittersweet atmosphere, and her protagonist, Maisie, is someone the reader will like and admire instantly. Fans of historical mysteries will be hooked.
It's hop-picking season in Kent, when Londoners and Gypsies come to the area for work, and Maisie discovers there's discord among the workers and the locals. The locals also seem afraid of something not in the here and now but from the past. While Maisie uncovers layers of tragedy and deception, she's also forced to face painful issues of her own. (Holt, Feb., 336 pp. $24.00)