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3.00008995703545 out of 53.00008995703545 out of 53.00008995703545 out of 53.00008995703545 out of 53.00008995703545 out of 5 3.00 (7,448 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline Winspear Narrator: Kim Hicks Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Maisie Dobbs Novels Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781504602259
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Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate’s daughter who has fled from home. What at first seems a simple case becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress’ 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A good second novel is one that, like Birds of a Feather, makes you want to read its predecessor.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[If you] were a fan of the 1970s BBC program Upstairs, Downstairs, you’ll love Winspear’s Birds of a Feather.”

    Denver Post

  • Birds of a Feather succeeds both as a suspenseful mystery and as a picture of a time and place.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[A] chilling, suspenseful sequel…As in her first novel, the author gives an intelligent and absorbing picture of the period, providing plentiful details for the history buff without detracting from the riveting mystery. Readers will be eager to see more of the spunky Maisie, with her unusual career as a one-time maid, nurse, and university student.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sinking into a novel this good is as satisfying as sinking into a good leather chair: we know we are in for the duration, and it feels right…Maisie, who has gone from being in service to a graduate of Girton at Cambridge, is as intelligent and engaging a sleuth as one might desire; the period touches, from clothing to manners, are not only elegantly presented but unostentatious.”

    Booklist

  • “There is much substance to this mystery, which mines the situations brought about by the horrors of the war—both on the front and at home, and its still simmering aftermath—plus a hint of romance and the beginning resolution of two father-daughter rifts. The story flows easily, descriptions are vivid and apt, and character is limned quickly, with each an individual. This is an utterly enjoyable and painless history lesson and a well-plotted and consistent mystery.”

    School Library Journal

  • “If the third time is a charm, then Winspear has a head start…Both heartfelt and thrilling, Birds of a Feather is that rare new breed, a distinctive entry into the crowded mystery genre.”

    Bookmarks

  • A 2005 Dilys Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2004 Agatha Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/15/2014

    " Another good mystery. I'm really enjoying these books set in the post-WWI era! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 2/9/2014

    " Maisie Dobbs.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 2/3/2014

    " I'm liking Maisie Dobbs. Her character is interesting. I love the psychological elements in the story line. I love the history of life after WWI. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leanna | 2/2/2014

    " I pushed on to this second one because a friend told me that they get better but . . . yeah, my critique basically remains this same. Seems like an American Girl story for adults and I don't mean that in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ame Brown | 1/20/2014

    " I love the metaphysical aspect of Maisie's approach. Very cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 1/14/2014

    " Loved this second book in the series. Maisie takes on the case of a missing person, while doing her best to "fix" the lives of those with whom she comes in contact. And there's another potential suitor thrown into the mix, so we've got a little bit of romance added to a good mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Lindsey | 1/4/2014

    " Book 2 in the Masie Dobbs series - enjoying this character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/28/2013

    " The second in the Maisie Dobbs series. Another good whodunit set against the England-still-reeling-from-the-Great-War background. Wonderful sense of time and place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 flora | 12/28/2013

    " Not a big mystery reader, but I find these Maisie Dobbs books truly charming. There are some implausible elements to the plot (I feel like there were a couple of points where the author was taking the easy way out)...but I couldn't put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 11/28/2013

    " This book is better than the first one. It flows better since all of the background is out of the way and you can catch some glimpses into what happen next for Maisie, but not quite... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Farness | 11/26/2013

    " Love Maisie Dobbs. Great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Halavaka | 5/27/2013

    " Enjoyed this second installment. Although the big reveal toward the end wasn't much of a shock - good stuff though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Etta | 5/19/2013

    " Lots to like. Set in post WWI there is mystery as well as life of the times particularly the affects of the war on survivors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen Rings | 5/6/2013

    " As much as the first one grabbed me, I decided not to continue with this one. Too much else I want to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 4/27/2013

    " I enjoyed Maisie #2 as much as the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 3/23/2013

    " This was a fun book about a young, woman detective in England during the 1910s. It was a nice way to learn a little history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenive | 12/29/2012

    " I would give these a 3.5 stars if it was available. I'm glad I've read them, but they aren't quite as good as I had them hyped up in my mind. I'm going to continue the series, and I think they would be a good read for middle/high school girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Brough | 6/23/2012

    " Good. Clean. Twist at the end. Mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 4/14/2012

    " Second book in the Maisie Dobbs series and just as good / riveting as the first. finished it at 1am on a saturday night and have already started in on the third book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 1/10/2012

    " A very good mystery with a compelling message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 12/24/2011

    " This book was a nice read. I liked it fine, and didn't know until fairly late in the book what the conclusion would be (which is always fun for a mystery-ish book). I like the characters, and find this series to be pleasant, if not incredibly deep and captivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 5/20/2011

    " Some more English historical fiction. WTH?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 5/17/2011

    " I'm HOOKED on Maisie Dobbs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bunny | 5/14/2011

    " This was a good books but I prefered MAISIE DOBBS better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/14/2011

    " A wonderful follow up to "Maisie Dobbs". I really enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/10/2011

    " I like the reader for the first book better. This reader talks so fast I had to check if my mp3 player was on fast mode.

    I am enjoying this series though. Non gory murder mysteries. Something that is hard to find these days. And I've read all the Agatha Christie I can handle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/8/2011

    " I loved the setting and context
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacky | 5/7/2011

    " Very good on the wave of spiritualist charlatans that came after WW1
    Maisie & her family & friends as good as ever 7 this plot a bit more assured "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/2/2011

    " I'm really enjoying this series - period piece mysteries and I love the main character - Maisy Dobbs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/2/2011

    " Just as good as the first. Intriguing mystery, fun personal stories for the smaller characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 4/23/2011

    " Good mystery in a nicely developed sense of London after World War I. The focus is definitely more on the why than the whodunit. This is my second novel, as well as the second in the series, and it is getting close to seeming too pat for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/20/2011

    " Reminds me of a sophisticated Nancy Drew. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 4/19/2011

    " good mystery; I generally like the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallie | 4/19/2011

    " I liked this one ok, but not as much as the first one. "

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About the Author
Author Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Elegy for Eddie, A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as several other nationally bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

About the Narrator

Kim Hicks has developed and performed in several critically acclaimed one-woman shows which have toured numerous venues throughout the country. She has read poems and short stories for Radio 4, while her theater work includes Viola in Twelfth Night, Nora in A Doll’s House, and the Midwife in The Choice. Her film appearances include Leon the Pig Farmer.