What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women?
As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.
©2004 Jacqueline Winspear; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks
I have listened to all the Maisie Dobbs books and am now going back to listen to the series again, which I appreciate more the second time around. Birds of a Feather is a bit darker than some of the other books in the series, with the murders of 3 of 4 members of a group of friends now separated since the war.
This series is clearly highly researched, with a lot of intricate details of the era, down to the varied locations found in the book, the culture of the day, and the real costs of the war that still remained ten years later.
I highly recommend this book and the others in this series both to fans of mystery and to those interested in World War I history and its subsequent effects on British society. Just because they signed an armistice doesn't mean that the war could be forgotten and life return to its pre-war state, a fact brought home by the long list of employees of just one store who made the ultimate sacrifice for heir country, a list engraved on the wall of the store to remind everyone of the many men who never came back.
This book isn't cozy, but it is powerful and necessary to remind us all of the ultimate costs of war that exist far beyond just the time spent fighting on he battlefield. The first book in the series sets up Maisie Dobbs' background abs qualifications by giving much more focus on Maisie's time in France, leaving less time for the mystery that she is solving, but Birds of a Feather has much more intrigue without neglecting the important details of history.
This is truly a book worth reading, or even better, listening to!
Story line was great and the narrator did well with the accents but read much too fast.
Fun, easy going, interesting mysteries, great character development. Didn't want it to end! Will look for more Maisie.
This is my favorite of all Maisie Dobbs series. The book is incredible. I couldn't stand the narration though! Maisie's voice was so flat and monotone. It made it very difficult to listen. I recommend the print book hands-down, but am hesitant to recommend the audio version
As usual, the author keeps the listener in suspense. It was sometimes a little fast due to the narrator, but not enough to be a deterrent. I would highly recommend!
not finished yet. But wanted to share. I put book on half speed and much improved the experience. Unfortunately, I didn't care for how fast the narrator was reading either. I didn't want to skip book in series though. Hope she doesn't narrate anymore. looks as though readers like the other narrators in the series.
I've listened to this story twice already to catch things I missed the first go round.
The white feathers. I won't spoil it, but the scene sticks in my mind. We know so very little about WWI compared to other wars that finding out the simple details about the men, their families, and war sentiment is humbling.
She brought out the best in Maisie, who with a less able narrator could have sounded heartless and cold.
The white feathers and the wrenching reason for the crimes. The saying "War is Hell" doesn't end with just those in the battles. The echoes linger for years.
I've read many books about US and European history, but my knowledge of WWI and its aftermath is lacking. Until I started reading Charles Todd and now Jacqueline Winspear, I had little knowledge about how bad conditions were for those returning.
Marie in PDX
I love this series. I enjoy historical fiction, as long as the history part is correct and it seems to be spot on. The themes are timeless, issues around WW1, apply to the Vietnam War and on to the Gulf wars. Very enjoyable as well as thought provoking.
I think I might have one or two of the women's outfits made to the descriptions provided.
Although I liked the first narrator better, this narrator was not horrible. There may not have been vastly different character voice changes, there was not misspoken words or anything to keep me from enjoying the story. Nor was I distracted by the narration. Can not wait to start the next book.
The plot is not very convincing. Could have done with a better plot and less about what Maisie Dobbs was wearing.
I wouldn't bother with any other books in the series
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