Soho Press. 311 pages. $25.
NY Times Book Review
"… a good second novel is one that, like Birds of a Feather, makes you want to read its predecessor." Marilyn Stasio
Santa Barbara News Press
"Ms. Winspear doesn’t give us archvillians, but rather a cast of characters variously wounded or needy, and it’s Maisie’s job to help them begin to patch together their lives and relationships. Ms. Winspear manages to add dimension to her characters and their stories without smearing her tale with undue sentimentality." Lin Rolens
"There is no sophomore jinx here. If anything, Birds of a Feather is a better book than the first, especially in the mystery plot, which is cleverly and fairly laid out." Tom and Enid Schantz
If the third time is a charm, then Winspear has a head start. Many claim her second book is an improvement over Maisie Dobbs, winner of the 2003 Agatha Award for Best First Mystery Novel. What critics admire most about Maisie is, as Marilyn Stasio dubs it, "the holistic philosophy that informs her humane methods." Maisie doesn’t just gather up forensic evidence to make her case; instead, she tracks down the emotional core of a crime, a challenge made more daunting by the fragile psychology of the postwar world in which Winspear sets her fiction. Both heartfelt and thrilling, Birds of a Feather is that rare new breed, a distinctive entry into the crowded mystery genre.
Start of the Series
Maisie Dobbs | Jacqueline Winspear (2003): Maisie Dobbs moves from maid to University student to nurse to private investigator, and her first case proves more complicated than simple marital infidelity.