From the book jacket: 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 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.
Comment: I wanted to recommend Jacqueline Winspear's first book featuring Maisie Dobbs (called simply 'Maisie Dobbs' - 2003), but unfortunately the publisher was unable to provide an excerpt at the time, which is, of course, an integral part of every recommendation at BookBrowse. However, happily this wasn't a problem with 'Birds of a Feather' - the second in this very satisfying series. Readers familiar with the 1st World War period may well figure out a few of the clues ahead of Maisie, but that doesn't matter, as the journey with Masie is so enjoyable.
The Maisie Dobbs series is a shoe-in to be made into a PBS mystery series - but if you love good historical mysteries, don't wait years to see the books flattened onto the TV screen, instead rush out and grab a copy of either book today!
'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.
This review is from the August 3, 2005 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.
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