Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2) by Jacqueline Winspear

Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2)

It is the spring of 1930, and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. When three of the heiress's old friends are found dead, Maisie must race to find out who would want to kill these seemingly respectable young women before it's too late. As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of the Great War.

Details Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2)

TitleBirds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2)
Release DateJul 25th, 2018
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2)

  • Claire
    I'm giving up on this series. I want to like it, but I just don't. I'd like reasons behind her solving cases instead of mystic hunches. The set-up is great. The character not at all.Also this book particularly annoyed me. Throughout, the author kept pointing out how little Maisie ate. All these comments about how she'd forgotten to eat breakfast or how she peeled the batter off her fish. I started wondering if the author wrote this while dieting ...
  • Carol
    Have you ever stayed up late to finish a book not because you're enjoying it but because you want to put yourself out of some misery? That's this novel. This was a real struggle to finish. It's not awful, but it shows none of the command of characters, plot, action, really - everything that matters in a great novel - that the first Maisie Dobbs book I encountered possessed. I read Leaving Everything Most Loved last year and enjoyed it immensely, ...
  • Alyson
    While I enjoyed the first in this series, this second book has me wondering if I really want to continue reading about Maisie Dobbs. The mysticism/woo used by Maisie to "sense" things is really becoming wearing and unnecessary--if Maisie is supposed to be so bright, intuitive, and observing of her surroundings, this extra "centering" and feeling the "hand" of a dead person on her shoulder is jarring and silly. There are also subplots with Maisie'...
  • Lauren
    I so want to like this series. I feel like I should like this series, that I’m the target audience and there is something wrong with me that I don’t like this series. But I don’t like Maisie Dobbs. At all. She’s a cold, self-centered woman with few redeeming qualities and the good fortune to be fictional and therefore able to ignore her numerous failings due to an author who wants to make her something wonderful. In short, she’s the lit...
  • Mary
    the 2nd in a series - always a test to see how well the characters hold up, and I thought these did - actually liked this book better than the first one. the characters were more developed (maybe seemed a bit more "real", not that I was looking for that, but it struck me as a good thing when I was reading) and there seemed to be more of a real mystery this time. more themes about WWI and loss. and I love that Maisie might be ready for a new relat...
  • Elizabeth
    I really grew tired of the plot device whereby the author hid essential information from the reader that Maisie had in order to keep me from figuring out the mystery. "Maisie sat down with Mr Jones and began to ask the questions that had been forming since she'd met with Mr Smith. ... When she left the office an hour later, the pieces were finally starting to fall into place." That's just a paraphrase, but it happened over and over. We are never ...
  • Melanie
    I really enjoyed this! It's a murder mystery set between WWI and WWII in England. Maisie is a self employed PI. She's been hired by a very wealthy man to find his adult daughter, who was single and lived at home. Maisie discovers this woman has had several friends who have been murdered. Reading this reminded me of watching a Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. It has no bloody violence or gore. Just a good old fashioned murder mystery. I bought this boo...
  • AnnaMay
    Reading a Maisie Dobbs book is like eating comfort food. There are such good supporting roles (Maurice Blanche, Lady Rowan, her father, Billy, and more are being added...) It's nice facing life's challenges with such a crew bouying you up, I imagine. Reading this story helped me reflect on my own supporters. We are such a result of those whom we love and associate with, even those from whom we seem naturally repelled. Each day we're torn down in ...
  • Hannah
    It is now 1930, and this second installment in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series finds Maisie's detective services requested by the rich grocery chain owner Joseph Waite, whose 30+ year old daughter Charlotte has run away from the family home and her feckless lifestyle. Maisie and her sidekick Billy Beale once again delve into the pain and anguish caused by WWI, and encounter a mystery tinged with loneliness, grief and revenge. In her quest to solv...
  • AlixJamie
    This book combines Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie, taking the annoyances of both and the interest of neither.I practically had to force my way through the book. The writing didn't flow and I felt like I was swimming against a tidal wave while I read it. Maisie Dobbs is a bland, detached woman. I got so sick of her meditating and communing with the spirits of rooms and people. I think it was somehow supposed to show you her own inner turmoil, but,...
  • Sarah
    I've decided that Maisie Dobbs and Nancy Drew are very similar characters.1. They are attractive, tall, independent, and without ties to men (but have their suitors)2. They have no concerns with money (Maisie did in her childhood but now has a benefactor and works; Nancy had her father)3. They both love to drive their sporty vehicles fast (although Maisie has yet to wreak her car; Nancy did in nearly every novel)4. Everything always works outHow ...
  • Siv30
    הספר השני הרבה יותר טוב מהספר הראשון. מייזי חוקרת את היעלמותה של שרלוט וייט. שרלוט בתו של סוחר עשיר ושתלטן בורחת מהבית ואביה רוצה שתחזור לביתו עד שתמצא חתן הולם. במהלך חקירת היעלמותה מייזי מגלה קשר בין רציחתן של 3 נשים. אף על פי שהמשטרה לא מעוניינת בע...
  • Donna
    The subject of Birds of a Feather is pain—the kind of physical, mental, and emotional agony that exists only in real life and in the very best literary fiction. And yet, the story is very beautiful.I categorize the books of the Maisie Dobbs series as "literary" rather than "mystery" because the focus is not really on the plot. Although they are well structured and provide plenty of suspense, the novels of Jacqueline Winspear are very rich in te...
  • Andrew
    This is a very good second outing for Maisie Dobbs. There is a much bigger mystery element than in the first book, where a lot of space is taken up on telling Maisie's back story. This book does give a good feel for life after the First World War, and the ramifications this still had. The murders that form the core of the book have their cause rooted in events that happened during the war. Maisie still comes off as quite aloof in this book, but t...
  • Leigh
    4 Solid Stars! This was a real improvement from the first book! The mystery was good without been fantastic but again what made this book better was the accuracy of the historical content and the characters. I still no loving the main character but not hating her either. The supporting characters have grown in this book and I think they make the main character more believable. Looking forward to the next one in the series even more after this one...
  • Ruthie Jones
    Another good Maisie Dobbs story. Maisie's character develops beautifully in this second installment. She is a strong woman who is determined to put her brokenness behind her. She is compassionate, intelligent, independent, and clearly her own woman at a time in history when women were struggling for a foothold in a man's world. I like Maisie. She reminds me of a British and a little older Nancy Drew. She pushes the envelope to find answers and ge...
  • Leah
    I gave this second book in the Maisie Dobbs series a chance, after a lukewarm reaction to the first book. I ended up not really liking the second one either, which is a shame, because they have such great potential. A young, female detective in London in the years after World War I sounds like a great premise for a mystery series. But it's the execution of the characters that I just didn't like. In this second book, Maisie Dobbs is investigating ...
  • Amanda
    I'm having a bit of a hard time with Maisie's Mary Sue-ness. She seems too good to be true, always knowing just what people need from her and successfully fulfilling those needs. Also, her intuition about cases borders on the supernatural, but is never treated as such. Odd, to say the least. Apart from those gripes, I continue to enjoy learning about WWI in this series and overall do like the recurring characters.
  • Dawn Michelle
    I cannot put into words how I feel about this book - at least not right now. I am still crying, shaking my head in frustration and am suffering from book hangover. Perhaps, after a couple of days, I will be able to do this book justice with my feeble words. Until then, just know that I highly recommend both this book AND this series.
  • Book Concierge
    Digital audio performed by Kim Hicks The second book in the Maisie Dobbs series has Maisie’s private investigation agency established with an office, and a full-time assistant, Billy Beale. She’s proven herself to Inspector Stratton of Scotland Yard as well. But when Maisie is asked to track down a missing heiress she begins to find clues that point to a connection between her case and Stratton’s murder investigation. I like this series. Ma...
  • Lesley
    This book is better than the first with the writing style a bit more fleshed and the characters more developed. However, it still seems quite stilted, lacking nuance and emotion, or at least these seem lumpy when attempted. I did find myself wanting to know what happens, not just with the crime in this book, but also to Maisie herself. And I guessed fairly early on what the motive might be. But the mysticism is wrong and distracting, and it's ann...
  • Damaskcat
    Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, is asked to try and find a businessman’s daughter. Maisie is dubious about the case because she suspects Mr Waite’s motives as his daughter, Charlotte, is an adult and cannot be compelled to return to her father’s home. When she realises that the name of a recent murder victim is one of the friends listed in Charlotte’s address book Maisie is very worried about the case.This is a thought provok...
  • Melissa
    This is the sencond in the Maisie Dobbs series, and it does not disapoint!"An eventful year has passed for Maisie Dobbs. Since starting a one-woman private investigation agency in 1929 London, she now has a professional office in Fitzroy Square and an assistant, the happy-go-lucky Billy Beale. She has proven herself as a psychologist and investigator, and has even won over Detective Inspector Stratton of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad - an admirabl...
  • Jennifer
    This series is very good, but I've decided to stop reading/listening to it. It is just too depressing! So far all of the mysteries have to do with WWI and they all have to do with injuries, deaths etc. and how people's lives have been ruined by the war. Not to mention the difficulties the main characters have to deal with because of the war. I know that is the reality people faced in Europe and the US after WWI, but it is just too much of a bumme...
  • Tanja Berg
    This is the second book I read about Maisie Dobbs and in many ways I liked it better than the first. I know the characters from before and enjoy the personal developments in both detective-psychologist Maisie and her assistant Billy. In this book they are given the job of returning noevau riche's man's daughter home. It quickly turns out that the disappearance of Charlotte is in connection with the murders of women who once were her friends, so M...
  • Amiad
    בלשית חוקרת רצח של כמה נשים באנגליה שבין שתי מלחמות העולם.מייסי היא דמות חביבה אבל לפעמים רגשנית וניו אייג׳ית מדי לטעמי. המתח סביר אבל הצלחתי לנחש את הסוף.זה ספר שני בסדרה ולא קראתי את הראשון ולפעמים היה חסר לי ידע.
  • Zinta
    When I was recently invited to join a small book club under the auspices of something of a celebrity librarian where I live--she organizes successful events and authors readings, many of which I have attended over the years--I couldn't resist accepting. What kind of books might this small and intimate grouping of admirers of fine literature read? A list of books covering the next few months to come was intriguingly diverse in style, genre, time p...
  • Bill
    Birds of a Feather is the 2nd Maisie Dobbs mystery by Jacqueline Winspear. I've enjoyed the first two books so far. Winspear is a meticulous story teller, providing a lot of particular details while developing her characters and plot. Details about exactly what Maisie is wearing, etc seem irrelevant but they help provide a picture. It's been hard to warm to Maisie as she is quite buttoned-up and does have personal issues from her time serving as ...
  • Nancy
    This is the second book in the Maisie Dobbs series and I liked it even better than the first, and I liked it a lot. Maisie is not your every day detective. She operates under a strong moral code prompting the Abbess of a convent to tell her: “I’ve come to wonder Maisie, if our work is so different. We are both concerned with questions . . . investigation . . . and we are witnesses to confession. . . We are both faced with the challenge of doi...
  • Anna
    I really wanted to like Maisie Dobbs. A new mystery solver for me, based in the London of 1930. What I found was a mixture of Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew, with a hint of No 1 Ladies. Maisie is a Nancy who grew up in London, and like Nancy, is described flawless. She drives in her fancy car around the city resolving mysteries her police friend can't solve without her help, yet she does not want to become a full policewoman or investigator. Inst...