Maisie Dobbs is back and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate’s daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress’s old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.
Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in England and later worked in publishing and as a marketing communications consultant in the U.K. before emigrating to the United States. She now lives in California and is a regular visitor to the United Kingdom. Birds of a Feather is her second novel featuring Maisie Dobbs.
Book: Birds of a Feather, Maisie Dobbs Series #2
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Publisher: Soho Crime
Genre: Fiction | Historical Fiction | Mystery
Published: January 12, 2004
Format: Kindle edition, 321 pages
Source: Neighborhood Library
Jacqueline Winspear brings back Maisie Dobbs, personal investigator. Or private eye, or sleuth, or comforter in some instances. Call her what you will Maisie Dobbs is an interesting character, and Winspear knows how to craft not only great primary characters but her secondary characters as well.
In this installment of the Maisie Dobbs Series, Maisie is called upon to find the heiress to a large fortune. Her father is a controlling man and determined to find her and the reader suspects the young heiress is determined no one does. Strangely, some of her close friends have been murdered in recent days or weeks, and this causes Maisie great concern over the heiress’s safety.
At the same time, Maisie is helping Billy Beale deal with same personal and family issues stemming from his time in service during WWI. Maisie is no stranger to the problems the men came home suffering from as she herself has a few mysterious problems confronting her life and future.
Although some have said they find Winspear’s style and method of allowing or disallowing the reader in on all that is happening, I find her stories well plotted and a bit more challenging in my attempts to solve the mystery first.
Do you enjoy reading cozy mysteries? Are you a fan of historical fiction? Do you like books where women are the masters of their own lives? Then you’ll fall in love with Maisie Dobbs and the series Jacqueline Winspear is spinning with Maisie’s detective business.
Meet the Author:
Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England. Following higher education at the University of London’s Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK.She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business and as a personal / professional coach, Jacqueline embarked upon a life-long dream to be a writer.
A regular contributor to journals covering international education, Jacqueline has published articles in women’s magazines and has also recorded her essays for KQED radio in San Francisco. She currently divides her time between Ojai and the San Francisco Bay Area and is a regular visitor to the United Kingdom and Europe.