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Birds of a Feather

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: John Murray; Unabridged edition (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848546025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848546028
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,899,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heavy on charm (Bookseller)

'In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created - she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!' (Alexander McCall Smith)

A terrific mystery ... Both intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read. (Observer)

Birds of a Feather reads like a gripping mixture of Vera Brittain and Dorothy Sayers so fans of both authors will enjoy Maisie's latest adventure. (Image)

Jacqueline Winspear reveals more adventures of the delightful Maisie Dobbs (Publishing News 'Quarterly highlights')

Maisie Dobbs continues to beguile in this chilling, suspenseful sequel... riveting (Publisher's Weekly)

Set in the 1920s, Winspear's books are strong on atmosphere, and her creation, Maisie, is perhaps the woman Miss Marple would have liked to have been when she was young (Publishing News)

A heroine to cherish ... Always open-minded, she bobs her hair, [and] drives a red MG. (New York Times)

A well-researched and beautifully written novel (Town & Village Times)

A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century (Elizabeth George)

'Maisie is, perhaps, the young woman Miss marple would have liked to have been' (Sue Baker, Publishing News)

A wry and immensely readable beginning to what promises to be a vivid new addition to crime fiction (Mail on Sunday on 'Maisie Dobbs')

Full of evocative, atmospheric locations and vividly believable historical detail ...Jacqueline Winspear's second book fulfils all the potential shown in Maisie Dobbs and is a cracking mystery novel. (New Books)

Winspear writes very well... [she is] set fair for a very bright future as a crime novelist (Praise for MAISIE DOBBS, Daily Mail)

'She has crafted a terrific mystery ... Both intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read.- Peter Gutteridge. (The Observer)

Think Sherlock Holmes crossed with Miss Marple's granddaughter, now add the atmospheric setting of 1930's London and a well-spun plot and you've the basis for the second in Jacqueline Winspear's delightful series of detective novels featuring the indomitable Maisie Dobbs ... Maisie is independent and deploys intelligence, charm and intuition to crack the case (Scottish Daily Record)

'This thought-provoking mystery has a good plot, with plenty of action before it is resolved, and would provide much scope for discussion amongst reading groups.' - Susan Gibbs. (New Books)

Equally as sharp and intriguing as its predecessor (Accent)

'Maisie Dobbs is a welcome and unusual addition to the crowded world of literary detectives. ... A very readable whodunnit' (Sainsbury's Magazine) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The extraordinary Maisie Dobbs returns in her second case.

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People that reviewed the first book in this series accused it for only being a mystery in the beginning and at the end. Well, with this second book no such accusations can take place. It is a solid mystery from beginning to end. And at the root of the problem is a very sad part of history, something that happened during the Great War. Which makes the book very touching.
The reason why I have already come to love this detective after just two books and am heading for my third book, is that it is not just mystery that is revealed on it's pages but also a changing society. The social history is as intriguing as the case. And Maisie Dobbs personal life also becomes more interesting. In this book she fights the decision of cutting off her hair like many other women did at the time, that is 1930. Over ten years has passed since the Great War was over and still she is daily reminded of the horrors and so is the rest of society that she lives in. Not only she but lots of others are having a difficult time to move on and leave it all behind to start living. In this book she starts looking at the problems she is having with her dad, them having a difficult time forgiving and forgetting certain things. And she also has to decide what to do with the two suitors that want to be part of her life and what to do with her love for Simon, the man that came back from the war as a vegetable.
All of it brings together a page turner that can not be put down.
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brilliant, complicated and twisty, just what i like.
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For everybody who loves Downton Abbey, this second one in de serie Maisie Dobbs. The atmosphere from upstairs and downstairs coupled with a mysterie in the aftermath of WO I.Educating as well.
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Love the Maisie Dobbs series. Very pleased with the service I received.
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Format: Paperback
Believable & interesting main characters and a good plot, centred around the long-term consequences of actions taking during WW1. However, it's only a 3 star read for me due to two minor niggles and one major irritation. Firstly, I became very bored with the endless descriptions of clothing. We need some knowledge of the fashions of the time to help set the scene, but do we really need such detailed lists of exactly what Maisie is wearing on every occasion? Secondly, Maisie finds two clues, around which are built a huge mystery, but we are not told what these clues are for some time...probably because once we know, the motive for the crimes becomes obvious. The greatest flaw for me is that much of Maisie's detection is based on some form of psychic ability. For example, she picks up clues from the 'auras' remaining in a persons room after they have left, a sense of pressure on her back tells her that the person she is talking to has more to tell her, and a sense of warmth in her fingers tells her that her hand is near to a hidden clue. If you find this believable then you will probably enjoy these novels (her detective methods in 2 other novels I have read are similar). I did not, which prevented me engaging fully with the story.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is more of an old-fashioned mystery. There is little of Maisie's back story and we learn of her relationship with her father and some of the problems facing the men returning after the wa through the eyes of Maisie's assistant Billy.
The case concerns the missing daughter of a millionaire and three deaths of her old friends. The ending is well thought out and a wonderful climax to a superb second outing for Maisie.
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A Canadian friend told me she was hooked on the Maisie Dobbs books (English detective, circa 1930, no 'sex or violence' & so I have started to read them and found them to be good light reading with an interesting slant on the atrocities of the first world war, life in the twenties, the place of women in the workplace etc. Birds of a Feather is the second in the series & I am now on the fourth - and have loaned the first to a friend.
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If you've enjoyed any of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, then it's a fairly good bet that you would enjoy this. It's based in London during the 1930s, centering on a small detective agency run by Maisie Dobbs. The similarity to the Alexander McCall books lies in the fact that the case being solved is only part of the story, the other being the development of the main character, Maisie, her relationships with those around her and the "human interest" themes. I would say though that it lacks much of the wry humour of the Alexander McCall books and, as far as whodunnits go, it was pretty predictable from a reasonably early stage. But nethertheless a pleasant read.
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