Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
Published by: Penguin
Published on: August 2005
Page Count: 336
My Reading Format: Audiobook purchased using Audible credits.
Audiobook Published by: AudioGo
Narrator: Kim Hicks
Audiobook Length: 10 hours 18 minutes
Available Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook
In this second Maisie Dobbs novel, Maisie is working on the case of a missing heiress. Her father, a controlling man who built his grocery business from the ground up, wants his adult daughter to return to his home. As Maisie, along with her aide, Billie Beal, piece together the clues surrounding the Charlotte’s disappearance, they make connections to recent murders. They need to find Charlotte not just because of her father’s request, but, they believe, to keep her alive.
Although I enjoyed the mystery, what I love the most was the story lines behind the lives our detectives. Maisie has been mourning Simon for a long time now. Is work satisfying enough to fill her life? There is also an added complexity to her relationship with her father, who is aging. Billie’s leg has been bothering him more and more and it’s affecting his home and work life. There were scenes in this book I could have wept for Billie. He is a character that continues to stay close to my heart.
As I posted earlier, I needed a little time to lapse between books due to the change in narrator. Aft that time passed, I grew to enjoy Kim Hicks’ narration. I thought she voiced characters surrounding the mystery’s conclusion especially well. There is yet another narrator change between Birds of a Feather and the next book in the series, Pardonable Lies. As much as I’m dying to find out what happens with Maisie next, I’m going to wait until the Christmas break or early next year to give it a listen.
If you haven’t picked up the Maisie Dobbs series, I strongly suggest that you do. I know a lot of people love her and there are good reasons why. I’ll be sure to follow the series as it grows. Luckily it appears that Orlagh Cassidy, the third narrator in the series, will be the narrator through the rest of the currently published novels.