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Birds of a Feather

(Maisie Dobbs #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  32,940 ratings  ·  2,915 reviews
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 ...more
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Published June 1st 2004 by Soho Crime (first published January 12th 2004)
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Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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 since it added nothing to the character or the sto
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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, snatching up this one for my to-read list and got ...more
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's father and partner that feel tacked on and, quit ...more
Lisa Vegan
I read this aloud to/with a friend who has cancer. We’d read book one and moved on to book two. This series is delightful and clever.It takes us a long time to get through these books but we both love them. They’re so much fun. Great humor. Great pathos. Great psychological insight. Absolutely wonderful, lovable, captivating and memorable characters and interesting relationships. Good mysteries too. This series reminds me a bit of the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths and that is high prais ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 literary equivalent of a spoiled, lazy, not-at-all bright teena ...more
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 privy to her thought processes, the identification ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, historical, mystery
I was a bit disappointed with this sequel to the introductory Maisie Dobbs novel. It's a good cosy mystery but not great. Maisie is finding her feet as a fledgling private detective in post WWI London and the author seems to be doing the same with this series. Maisie is an interesting character as an independent woman in the 1920s, but she is seemingly without flaws and human weaknesses and always perfectly groomed and turned out. There is also an element of psychic powers creeping in where Mais ...more
Jul 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 relationship. I'll definitely read more of the series.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 book many years ago and did not realize it is #2 in a
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 new ways, built up in others, morphing into better
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 solve Charlotte's disappearence, Maisie uncovers the m ...more
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 out

How they are different:
Maisie is dealing with problems
May 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-novels
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 terms of the other elements of fiction: namely, charac
♥ Sandi ❣
3.5 stars

Book #2 in the Maisie Dobbs series

I liked this second book better than I did the first book of the series. Maybe it was because I knew what to expect, or maybe because I understood Maisie better, or possibly due to the plot. I did however pretty much have this mystery figured out well ahead of the ending.

Maisie Dobbs, a female sleuth in the early 1900's, England, has recently opened her own detective business, and brought on a war injured vet as her side kick, Billy. In this book as Ma
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 there is evidence as the book progresses of her tha ...more
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 period. This would be an interesting exploration, n ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
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
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
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 get the job done. She isn't afraid to do the right t ...more
Tanja Berg
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, murder-mystery
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 Maisie gets more to chew on than expected.

There are
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.
May 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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 the disappearance of the daughter of a wealthy sto
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, bookcrossing
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. Instead of a Ned Nickerson she has a helper called Bil
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 bummer to keep delving into. I learned a lot from the f ...more
A good read. 3 stars feels like a solid rating for this one. I am still enjoying the sense of time and place and the mystery was pretty good, kept me guessing up until the end. If I wasn't reading this for a series group read, I might take longer to get to the next one but I'll be picking that one up next month. Maisie is an interesting character so I'm looking forward to her next case. I don't always love her methods but it's not getting in the way of enjoying the story.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed the hunt for the murder it was a shock. on to the third book next month
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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. Maisie is a resourceful, intelligent, assertive young woma
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3.5 stars

So I am not entirely ready to give up on this series yet. While I am struggling to make a connection to Maisie, I like her enough to keep reading and am curious to see how she pulls herself up from the ashes. I can’t say that I love her as much as other female detectives that I’ve read but I am trying to give her a shot.

I liked this book a little better than the first one. It was a little cliche at times and not really heavy on the mystery, but it was intriguing enough for me to keep re
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 provoking mystery set in the nineteen twenties where the shadow
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