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It is more than fifteen years after the Great War ended and England is recovering even though the depression makes the division between the classes more noticeable. Masie Dobbs was lucky to find a patron who funded her studies in nursing and psychology. She served as a nurse in France where she was injured and her great love Simon came back from the war in a catatonic state that has not lifted since his return. Masie works as a private investigator, who uses meditation as a way of opening up her senses to the world around her. Although her methods of combining investigation with psychology are unusual, it always works.
Rich supermarket magnate Joseph Waite hires Masie to find his daughter Charlotte who has a habit of running away from home even if she is thirty-seven years of age. Masie deduces that she left the day she saw in the newspaper that one of her old friends from boarding school was murdered. Two more of Charlotte's former friends die and a white feather is found on or near each murder victim. Masie must find a way to keep Charlotte safe and bait a trap to catch the killer.
Readers will thoroughly enjoy this delightful and charming mystery and find themselves interested in the historical details of England between the wars. The protagonist is not a radical feminist but an independent person who believes that she is as capable as any man in her chosen profession. Although she has known much sorrow, she is a kind-hearted and generous person who cares about people, especially those who are suffering the aftereffects of WWI. BIRDS OF A FEATHER will definitely appeal to fans of great mysteries.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars suspenseful and intriguing: a very good read May 21 2004
By tregatt
"Birds of a Feather" is Jacqueline Winspear's second Maisie Dobbs mystery novel, and it actually is a much more suspenseful and intriguing installment than the first book in the series, "Maisie Dobbs."
Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and private investigator, has been hired by mister moneybags himself, Joseph Waite, to find his missing daughter. Apparently the wealthy and successful magnate's only daughter, Charlotte, seems to have made a habit of running off whenever she feels unhappy or ill-used. Not wanting to involve the police and hoping to circumvent the press, Waite has decided to hire Maisie because he has been suitable impressed by her accomplishments. Almost at once, Maisie senses that Waite has little patience or understanding for Charlotte. And a brief inquiry amongst the household staff elicits the knowledge that while everyone likes Joseph Waite, practically no one seems to have liked Charlotte, deeming her too cold and difficult to please. And yet Maisie (who has strong emphatic powers) senses the almost crippling despair that Charlotte felt in her home. Why would a rich and pampered young lady of leisure feel such a level of despair? And what made her run away? Hoping to get some answers from a close friend of Charlotte's, Maisie stumbles into a murder investigation instead when the friend is brutally murdered. Could Charlotte's disappearance have anything to do with the murder? Is Charlotte in danger, or is the truth something much more sinister? As Maisie digs in to find the answers, she finds herself once again delving into the past and into the painful memories of the recent world war...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another delightful Maisie Dobbs mystery from Winspear. Set in between the two world wars, Dobbs is perhaps the epitome of do-gooder investigators and gives mighty good book with enough detail that the setting comes alive as do the circumstances of her interesting characters. An entertaining read, indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Maisie Dobbs! Aug. 30 2013
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I love the way Jacqueline Winspear writes. Her character of Maisie Dobbs is very intelligent and yet vulnerable. Also like that it is set in early 20th century England. Would recommend to all those Agatha Christie fans who like to read a good mystery. It is always a good choice when the author has won an Agatha award - you can be sure there is no smut or vulgarity - just excellent writing. Enjoyed all the books in the series so far and am hopeful there will be many more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mending a Family isn't Easy June 14 2012
By Heather Pearson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Maisie Dobbs has been hired to find the missing daughter of wealthy grocery store magnate. Problem is, that Charlotte really doesn't want to be found; she feels she has found the sanctuary and peaceful life that she has been seeking. Maisie agrees to find the daughter, but there is a catch, the father must agree to work with her to determine how to mend the shattered father/daughter relationship. While investigating this case, Maisie realizes that the relationship with father has become one of familiarity rather than of deep care and concern for each other. Not only must she find a missing girl and mend that family, she must also mend her own.

I listened to the BBC Audiobooks America version of this book. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I listened to it twice. I was only going to re-listen to the opening chapters, but once I got started I had to continue. It was read by Kim Hicks, 10 hours 21 minutes.

The story was enhanced by the return of handy man Billy Beale. He is now Maisie's assistant and he really does add more to her firm, far beyond answering phones and doing errands. He provided balance to Maisie's formal approach to her cases. He sees the cases through the eyes of the common man and his every day experiences.

I am looking forward to the next book, Pardonable Lies, to find where Maisie's romantic interests lead her.

I find that Maisie Dobbs and Billy are very comfortable people to spend my time with. I can imagine the conversations we'd have over tea should they manifest as flesh and blood. Oh well, so much for vacation time imaginings.
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