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#377 ~ Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

Published by: Penguin

Published on: August 2005

Page Count: 336

Genre: Mystery

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


My Review

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.

9 Comments

  • At 2011.10.26 14:46, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

    I really do need to start this series – my mom has and she loves it.

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    • At 2011.10.26 17:29, Literate Housewife said:

      You definitely should jump on this bandwagon. Such a great series.

    • At 2011.10.26 21:04, jenn aka the picky girl said:

      This was the first Maisie Dobbs I read years ago, and then I couldn’t find any more until last year. LOVE these books so much. I could probably re-read this one with no problem since it’s been so long.

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      • At 2011.10.27 10:32, Literate Housewife said:

        You definitely could! Why not start from the beginning? I <3 Maisie Dobb's!

      • At 2011.10.27 19:15, Debbie Rodgers said:

        I REALLY like Maisie Dobbs – and I think Birds of a Feather is the very best in the series (loved it!)
        If you like Billie, you’ll really enjoy the fifth in the series An Incomplete Revenge, which features Billie and his family more prominently.

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        • At 2011.10.27 20:37, Literate Housewife said:

          Now how am I supposed to wait until book 5? 😉 I do love Billie. I can’t help it. Isn’t it great to love this series?

          • At 2011.10.28 07:22, Debbie Rodgers said:

            It would be best if you DID wait, though 🙂 because Winspear develops the family story over time

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        • At 2011.10.28 15:12, JoAnn said:

          I loved the first Maisie Dobbs audio but, haven’t picked up the second yet… thanks for the reminder!

          • At 2011.11.04 00:29, suziqoregon said:

            I think letting some time lapse when you know there’s a narrator change is a smart move.

            I think this series continues to get better and better with each book.

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