Sunday, March 23, 2008

'Birds of a Feather'

by Jacqueline Winspear

Fiction/Mystery, 2004
John Murray, trade pb, 307 p.
Maisie Dobbs series, Book 2
WINNER - Agatha Award for Best Novel 2004
London, 1930. Joseph Waite is a man who knows what he wants. As one of Britain’s wealthiest men, the last thing he needs is a scandal. When his daughter runs away from home, he is determined to keep the case away from the police and the newspapers. So he turns to a woman known for her uniquely intuitive approach to criminal investigation, and for her discretion – the extraordinary Maisie Dobbs.

Waite’s instructions are to find his daughter and bring her home. But the task is far from straightforward. Maisie soon uncovers a chilling link to a recent murder case, and finds herself revisiting the tragedy of the Great War.
I was in the mood for a light mystery and this fit my mood perfectly. I enjoyed following along as Maisie searched for answers, even when she was a bit of a know-it-all, as well as catching up with several of the other characters that were introduced in the first book. I found the mystery aspect a bit more satisfying this time, and as in the previous book, I really enjoyed the setting and details of the time period. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series, I’m guessing sooner rather than later.

My Rating: 4/5
(#11 for 2008, Book Awards Challenge #6, What's in a Name Challenge - 'Animal' #2)

3 comments:

  1. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I still need to read the first. My husband read the first in the series and says he'd like to try the second, so that's a good sign.

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  2. I'm really enjoying this series as well. :)

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  3. Literary Feline- It was also a bit of perfect timing but I am looking forward to reading on in the series.

    Joy- The next time I'm in the mood for a cozy mystery I'll know what to pick up. :)

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