Birds of A Feather

Birds of A Feather

A Novel

Book - 2004
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When the owner of a chain of London food halls hires her to find his daughter, Maisie is intrigued as Charlotte Waite is in her thirties and has run away before. Then several women with ties to Charlotte are murdered--morphine and a bayonet to the heart. Maisie teases this all out while practicing both the careful observance and interior meditation her mentor has taught her.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2004
ISBN: 9781616956325
9780143035305
Branch Call Number: F WIN NVD
Characteristics: 311, 14 pages ; 22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_SarahW Aug 06, 2016

I read the first in this series a few years ago and it's taken me a bit of time to come back to it. It's a bit slow starting, but I love the attention to details, like clothes and hair styles, and this one had a very interesting way of referencing Pilates! Not a thriller, but an interesting murder mystery, and I find it fascinating how she incorporates psychological approaches to her investigations.

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marthabwaters
Jul 19, 2015

More of a traditional mystery than the first Maisie Dobbs novel, but a solid one--and Winspear continues to expertly weave in lots of historical detail (without going too overboard and detracting from the main plot). I also really appreciate her continued focus on the way that WWI continued to affect the lives of Britons in the 20s and 30s, in a way that lots of period novels from that era ignore. Looking forward to more in this series.

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behere
Jul 10, 2015

Winspear combines solving a mystery with lessons in psychology and history. Many mystery solvers listen to their intuition but I believe that Maisie Dobbs is unique in using meditation to round out her skills.

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LauraSteinert
Aug 14, 2014

A wonderful second book--please read them in order--that prepares us for the rest of the series. Dobbs is a very addictive series, and I can't read them fast enough! Lessons in patience, empathy, and listening to that quiet inner-voice we all ignore, then wish we hadn't. Although I would say this is adult fiction, I would have been obsessed with it as a 13 year old, too. (Much better than vampires who stalk little girls, but still a tiny bit of the magical that increases in later stories.

Winspear brings a scholarly background to the scenes, the class struggle, and the plight of the poor and women in the wake of The Great War, but it is not a distraction for this coming of age story. (There should be a nice literary term the equivalent of bildungsroman for women characters.) Maisie's growth through each novel (and a novel it truly is), and her sense of right and wrong make me a little ashamed of how little effort I have put in over the last 50 years at becoming my best possible self.

This should make it to the literary cannon, but it will not as the woman character and the mystical elements are just not "male" enough.

bookfanatic1979 Jun 19, 2014

Maybe I’m getting used to her, but Maisie’s habit of mirroring peoples’ postures and suddenly gaining insight into how they feel didn’t annoy me nearly as much this time around. I think this is simply better written than the first one, and I’m hoping the rest of the series is just as good.

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beanmelody5
Jun 15, 2012

Second in the Maisie Dobbs series, I liked this one maybe even better than the first. Not only is Maisie an interesting character, with background information sparingly given throughout the books, the process of how she investigates and the insights of her mentor are very interesting. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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Nubia
Aug 18, 2010

" Birds of a feather" I enjoyed this book because it was about mystery. I especially liked the way the author kept it interesting until the end, and the way the detective in the story never gave up until she found the killer.

I recommend this book to people especially if they like mystery.

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behere
Jul 10, 2015

When we walk, and when we look out at a view other than one we are used to every day, we are challenging ourselves to move freely in our work and to look at our conclusions from another perspective. Move the body, Maisie, and you will move the mind. p 282

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behere
Jul 10, 2015

Maisie knew that an enclosed area encouraged an enclosed mind. Maurice had taught her: Always take the person to be questioned to a place where there's space, or where they can see few boundaries. Space broadens the mind and gives the voice room to be heard. p21

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behere
Jul 10, 2015

Maisie's work with Maurice Blanche had taught her that a person speaks not only with the voice but with those objects she chooses to surround herself. p18

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