Title: Birds of a Feather
Author: Jacqueline Winspear
Publish Date: 2005
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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."
My Two Cents:
"Birds of a Feather" is
the second book in the Maisie Dobbs series. These books can be read out
of order. The mysteries at the center of the book are very much
standalone but the personal story of Maisie works best as you read in
order. In this book, Maisie takes on the mystery of an heiress that has
disappeared. What she will find out as she tries to solve the mystery is
that looks can be deceiving and the mystery is much deeper and perhaps
darker than she thought in the beginning.
In this book, you get a
little more of a sense of Maisie and how she uses her intuition to
solve crimes. This is ladled on a little heavy-handedly in this
particular book, which lends the book a sense of mysticism that I did
not totally buy.
While this mystery was not my favorite, I did
like getting to know the characters better. Maisie is such an
interesting character. We know a little bit more about her background
now and I loved seeing what made her tick. The mystery at the center of
the book makes Maisie recall her time as a nurse during WWI where she
faced a lot of hardship and heartbreak with everything that she faced. I
liked delving into that a little bit more. I'm looking forward to the
next installation of this series!