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Publisher's Note:

Jacqueline Winspear’s marvelous and inspired debut, Maisie Dobbs, won her fans from coast to coast and raised her intuitive, intelligent, and resourceful heroine to the ranks of literature’s favorite sleuths. Birds of a Feather finds Maisie Dobbs on another dangerously intriguing adventure in London "between the wars." It is the spring of 1930, and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. …

Birds of a Feather

by Jacqueline Winspear

Overall Book Review:

“As I have said many times, my dear, each case has a way of shining a light on something we need to know about ourselves.” 

In Birds of a Feather, the intuitive Maisie Dobbs is asked to locate the whereabouts of a missing woman. As the search begins, Maisie finds much more than she bargained for, including a connection to horrors of World War I. What lies ahead is a beautifully heartbreaking tale about the lingering effects of war. 

What makes Jacqueline Winspear a superb mystery writer is that her stories are much more than a “whodunnit”. This second book of the Maisie Dobbs seriesnot only includes elegant prose and suspenseful pacing, but examines the complexities of life, loss, and despair. Haunting, but without cheap thrills, Birds of a Feather will resonate with readers long after the last page.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 15 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities

Violence/Gore: Several reports of violence, including talk of murder, suicide, explosions that lead to death and injury; a man is injured from a fall and receives non-life threatening injuries; a woman is caught stabbing what she believes is a person; a character finds a dead body after a non-detailed scene of violent death; a description of a murder, complete with blood and gore, is included.

Sex/Nudity: A sexual affair is implied; a secondhand account reports an abortion has taken place

Mature Subject Matter:

War, murder, death, troubled family relationships, drug use.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Several characters drink and smoke; a character is dependent on cocaine

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.