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Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

Birds of a Feather

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A thinking person’s historical whodunit set in 1930’s London in the aftermath of World War I. It is the second in an on-going series starring Maisie Dobbs, a delightful character who is developing nicely. With lots of historical detail and atmosphere, it’s suspenseful, easy to read and highly rewarding.

Comparison: Alexander McCall Smith, Anne Perry.
Similar this month: None but try John Harvey or Quintin Jardine.

If you like Jacqueline Winspear you might also like to read books by Boris Akunin, Nicola Upson and Alexander Mccall Smith.

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Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

London, 1929. Joseph Waite is a man who knows what he wants. With his Havana cigars and Savile Row suits, he is one of Britain`s wealthiest men. And the last thing he needs is a scandal. When his eighteen-year-old daughter runs away from home, he is determined to keep the case away from the police and the newspapers. So he turns to a woman renowned for her discretion and investigative powers – the extraordinary Maisie Dobbs.

Maisie soon discovers that there are many reasons why Charlotte might have left home. Instinctively Maisie feels that Charlotte is safe. Yet, suddenly, she finds herself confronting a murder scene . . .

With wonderful characters and a page-turning plot, Birds of a Feather is a brilliant mystery. Fans of Maisie Dobbs will be delighted to see Maisie`s sleuthing abilities back in action, while the emotional heart of her second mystery will appeal to yet more fans.


'Maisie Dobbs is a welcome and unusual addition to the crowded world of literary detectives. ... A very readable whodunnit' * Sainsbury's Magazine * Equally as sharp and intriguing as its predecessor * Accent * 'This thought-provoking mystery has a good plot, with plenty of action before it is resolved, and would provide much scope for discussion amongst reading groups.' - Susan Gibbs. * New Books * Think Sherlock Holmes crossed with Miss Marple's granddaughter, now add the atmospheric setting of 1930's London and a well-spun plot and you've the basis for the second in Jacqueline Winspear's delightful series of detective novels featuring the indomitable Maisie Dobbs ... Maisie is independent and deploys intelligence, charm and intuition to crack the case * Scottish Daily Record * 'She has crafted a terrific mystery ... Both intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read.- Peter Gutteridge. * The Observer * Winspear writes very well... [she is] set fair for a very bright future as a crime novelist * Praise for MAISIE DOBBS, Daily Mail * A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century * Elizabeth George * Maisie Dobbs continues to beguile in this chilling, suspenseful sequel... riveting * Publisher's Weekly * Full of evocative, atmospheric locations and vividly believable historical detail ...Jacqueline Winspear's second book fulfils all the potential shown in Maisie Dobbs and is a cracking mystery novel. * New Books * A wry and immensely readable beginning to what promises to be a vivid new addition to crime fiction * Mail on Sunday on 'Maisie Dobbs' * 'Maisie is, perhaps, the young woman Miss marple would have liked to have been' * Sue Baker, Publishing News * A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century * Elizabeth George * A well-researched and beautifully written novel * Town & Village Times * A heroine to cherish ... Always open-minded, she bobs her hair, [and] drives a red MG. * New York Times * Set in the 1920s, Winspear's books are strong on atmosphere, and her creation, Maisie, is perhaps the woman Miss Marple would have liked to have been when she was young * Publishing News * Maisie Dobbs continues to beguile in this chilling, suspenseful sequel... riveting * Publisher's Weekly * Jacqueline Winspear reveals more adventures of the delightful Maisie Dobbs * Publishing News 'Quarterly highlights' * Birds of a Feather reads like a gripping mixture of Vera Brittain and Dorothy Sayers so fans of both authors will enjoy Maisie's latest adventure. * Image * A terrific mystery ... Both intriguing and full of suspense, it makes for an absorbing read. * Observer * 'In Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear has given us a real gift. Maisie Dobbs has not been created - she has been discovered. Such people are always there amongst us, waiting for somebody like Ms. Winspear to come along and reveal them. And what a revelation it is!' * Alexander McCall Smith * Heavy on charm * Bookseller *'

About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in Kent and emigrated to the USA in 1990. She has written extensively for journals, newspapers and magazines, and has worked in book publishing on both sides of the Atlantic. The Maisie Dobbs series of crime novels is beloved by readers worldwide..


I met – okay, I’ll be honest – stalked Jacqueline Winspear at a writer’s conference after reading Maisie Dobbs. The titular character of Winspear’s books is one you wish was your best friend. A historically intriguing peek at London in the cradle between two world wars, Winspear creates complex, multi-faceted people and plots that are more psychological studies than standard mystery fare. With Maisie’s skill at understanding people, after spending an afternoon with the “psychological sleuth” you will savor the relaxed feeling of her soothing hand on your brow.

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Publication date

13th February 2006


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John Murray General Publishing Division


320 pages


Crime / Mystery
Historical Fiction
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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