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Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, Book 2) (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Jacqueline Winspear

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Title:Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, Book 2)
Authors:Jacqueline Winspear
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2005), Paperback, 336 pages
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:fiction, mystery

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I started out with the Maisie Dobbs series down the line, chronologically, with A Lesson In Secrets. Then backed up. Birds of a Feather, being the second in the series, has enough of a background which doesn't require me to read the first to understand continuity. And as I now finish this one and start on another, I find that enough background is given so that the reader can follow the sequence of events and the character development. The combined elements of the psychological and historical make this particular book fascinating. Venue, clothes and time-period references, for example the reference to Joseph Pilates, show good research and respect for the reader. The whole situation with the Feathers, the foundation of the book, is intriguing and probably not generally known. Excellent title choice. The character of Maisie is exceptionally modern but the author manages to place her comfortably into the period- the Thirties. Definitely worth your while to read slowly. ( )
  HugoReads | Jul 3, 2014 |
My first Maisie Dobbs mystery and definitely not my last.

Enjoyable characterization and sleuthing. Good pacing without lulls, even as our MC pursues information in one direction and a subplot takes our attention in another.

Well written and, of course, the British element catching and keeping my interest. The story closes with just enough romantic suspense to have me on the lookout for the next Maisie in the series. ( )
  FHC | Jun 22, 2014 |
I enjoy Maisie and her family, friends, and mentors. I'm even enjoying the new little bit of romance that is sneaking into this book. The characters are well written and the plot is believeable, and even the detective is wrongheaded, rather than stupid. I enjoy the look into England of 1930, and even like what others are calling Maisie's 'paranormal' tendencies and which I think of as her being sensitive on a level most people aren't. I look foward to reading more of the Maisie Dobbs series. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Jun 8, 2014 |
Meh. I liked the first one well enough--the main character certainly had the backstory for some personal angst, so I didn't mind that the story was a bit dark. My issues were largely ones of plotting--how the Cockney guy passed as her brother, etc. In this book, I'm with the reviewers who point out the sort of "psychic" overtones of the story. Blah. I liked Maisie better when I thought she was SMART, not pseudo-haunted. Perhaps I was meant to think that feeling as if a hand had dropped on her shoulder in an empty room was her subconscious pointing her to a clue, but it came off all Ghost-Whispery.

There are many comparisons to Alexander McCall Smith's detective books. While both authors have a spare, straightforward style, I come away from reading a Mma Ramotswe novel with a sense of peace; I finished this novel feeling depressed. ( )
1 vote Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
2nd Maisie Dobbs book. Great to have such a good book on the stack after Fatal Grace and Wings of Fire. They were such good books that they are very hard to follow. Wonderful writing, characters and story. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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...Maisie makes it her business to help the speechless survivors of war -- the women who silently visit the graves, the fathers who cannot speak their sons' names, even those broken souls who hope that murdering the living might bring back the dead. That sensibility makes her a heroine to cherish.

Not that Maisie is some glum, humorless missionary. Well, humorless, yes, but glum, not at all.
 
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How will you fare, sonny, how will you fare

In the far off winter night

When you sit by the fire in the old man's chair

And your neighbours talk of the fight?

Will you slink away, as it were from a blow,

Your old head shamed and bent?

Or say, "I was not the first to go,

But I went, thank God, I went"?

-- from the song "Fall In" by Harold Begbie, 1914
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To Kenneth Leech
1919-2002

During my childhood I was lucky to have Ken Leech as my teacher. In the years of my growing up and into adulthood, I was privileged to count him among my friends.
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Maisie Dobbs shuffled the papers on her desk into a neat pile and placed them in a manila folder.
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Jacqueline Winspear’s marvelous and inspired debut, Maisie Dobbs, won her fans from coast to coast and raised her intuitive, intelligent, and resourceful heroine to the ranks of literature’s favorite sleuths. Birds of a Feather finds 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.

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When Maisie Dobbs is hired to find the missing daughter of a wealthy grocery magnate, she discovers that three of the heiress's friends have died violently, leading her to investigate the connection between the disappearance and the murders.

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