Birds of A Feather

Birds of A Feather

Maisie Dobbs Series, Book 2

eBook - 2004
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The second Maisie Dobbs mystery Jacqueline Winspear's marvelous debut, Maisie Dobbs , won her fans from around the world and raised her intuitive, intelligent, and resourceful heroine to the ranks of literature's favorite sleuths. Birds of a Feather , its follow-up, finds psychologist and private investigator Maisie Dobbs on another dangerously intriguing adventure in London "between the wars." It is the spring of 1930, and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. But what seems a simple case at the outset soon becomes increasingly complicated when three of the heiress's old friends are found dead. Is there a connection between the woman's mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would want to kill three seemingly respectable young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of the Great War. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: 2004
ISBN: 9781569476734
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Feb 05, 2021

Book 2 in the "Maisie Dobbs" series: It's now 1930, Depression-era London, and she's hired to find Charlotte Waite, daughter of an overbearing grocery-chain magnate and return her to her father's home. Why does her father treat a 32-year-old woman like an immature debutante? Maisie and Billy start the search by contacting friends in Charlotte's address book. One has just been killed; Maisie discovers the body. Another was murdered weeks earlier in a similar fashion. A third one died by apparent suicide but Maisie has doubts about that. What ties these deaths together? Is the missing Charlotte intended to be the next victim or is she the murderer? Or is it her father? And what is the relevance of the white feather Maisie has found near each of the bodies? Maisie's investigation takes her all over southeast England in her zippy MG motorcar.

Other story threads intertwine: Billy has a substance abuse problem; Maisie's father Frankie has an accident. Dr Andrew Dene, future love interest maybe. makes his first appearance. There are New Age-y elements which give Maisie extraordinary intuitive skills; these doesn't sit too well with me.

Aug 06, 2020

This novel reminded me of the "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" seen on PBS TV stations. This well written novel novel, set in the London area in the mid-1930's, features a young female private investigator and her assistant who are asked to find a missing daughter from a wealthy merchant family. The author weaves good descriptions of life in the 30's into her interesting plot which involves the murders of the missing daughter's 3 friends. The characters are just a bit too chatty for me and the fillers - the sleuth's family background - didn't interest me. Probably written for a female audience with its vivid descriptions of female clothing in the 1930's and room decor. It was quite relaxing reading this old-fashioned mystery.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 04, 2020

I am enjoying visiting the post WWI period through this series. What is sitting heavy with me right now is the shared trauma of WWI and how the healing process is also shared. It makes me think of how our world will look like post-COVID.

Jun 30, 2019

Might have read this not sure

Jun 30, 2018

A leisurely mystery that tells a sad historical story at the same time.

Apr 09, 2018

Enjoyed this little English cozy. I like the characters and their interaction with each other. And the mystery kept you guessing until the end.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Aug 06, 2016

I read the first in this series a few years ago and it's taken me a bit of time to come back to it. It's a bit slow starting, but I love the attention to details, like clothes and hair styles, and this one had a very interesting way of referencing Pilates! Not a thriller, but an interesting murder mystery, and I find it fascinating how she incorporates psychological approaches to her investigations.

Jul 10, 2015

Winspear combines solving a mystery with lessons in psychology and history. Many mystery solvers listen to their intuition but I believe that Maisie Dobbs is unique in using meditation to round out her skills.

Aug 14, 2014

A wonderful second book--please read them in order--that prepares us for the rest of the series. Dobbs is a very addictive series, and I can't read them fast enough! Lessons in patience, empathy, and listening to that quiet inner-voice we all ignore, then wish we hadn't. Although I would say this is adult fiction, I would have been obsessed with it as a 13 year old, too. (Much better than vampires who stalk little girls, but still a tiny bit of the magical that increases in later stories.

Winspear brings a scholarly background to the scenes, the class struggle, and the plight of the poor and women in the wake of The Great War, but it is not a distraction for this coming of age story. (There should be a nice literary term the equivalent of bildungsroman for women characters.) Maisie's growth through each novel (and a novel it truly is), and her sense of right and wrong make me a little ashamed of how little effort I have put in over the last 50 years at becoming my best possible self.

This should make it to the literary cannon, but it will not as the woman character and the mystical elements are just not "male" enough.

bookfanatic1979 Jun 19, 2014

Maybe I’m getting used to her, but Maisie’s habit of mirroring peoples’ postures and suddenly gaining insight into how they feel didn’t annoy me nearly as much this time around. I think this is simply better written than the first one, and I’m hoping the rest of the series is just as good.

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Jul 10, 2015

When we walk, and when we look out at a view other than one we are used to every day, we are challenging ourselves to move freely in our work and to look at our conclusions from another perspective. Move the body, Maisie, and you will move the mind. p 282

Jul 10, 2015

Maisie knew that an enclosed area encouraged an enclosed mind. Maurice had taught her: Always take the person to be questioned to a place where there's space, or where they can see few boundaries. Space broadens the mind and gives the voice room to be heard. p21

Jul 10, 2015

Maisie's work with Maurice Blanche had taught her that a person speaks not only with the voice but with those objects she chooses to surround herself. p18

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