I like Maisie Dobbs, "Psychologist & Investigator", and protagonist of this book as well as the series debut Maisie Dobbs. The books are set in the years after the end of the Great War (later to become WWI). The books are filled with rich historical detail, and I learn a lot about a period in time I am not that familiar with. What I don't like is the pace of the books, they are just a tad too slow, and could use with a little more brisk pacing.
This mystery follows Maisie looking for a runaway heiress, Charlotte Waite. In her investigations Maisie learns of three old acquaintances of Ms. Waite's that have been recently murdered. What is the link between the three, and who is killing these women? With an introduction of a possible love triangle in the next book, I found this an enjoyable story, though as I said before somewhat slow going.
Another enjoyable entry in Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series. Combines an interesting mystery with great characterizations and a detailed sense of time (post WWI) and place (Britain).
Second book in the Maisie Dobbs series. Winner of the Agatha Award for best mystery novel of the year. Extremely clever plot.
Couldn't wait to read the second in this series-and its another page turner! Scullery maid becomes private detective in England right after WWI. Great mystery-fascinating characters and some romance to top it off
This book is excellent as always Maisie Dobbs makes crime stopping fun and makes you want to hold your breath!
If you like your female investigator to have a respect for the importance of intuition and listening to your heart, you will like this book and others by this author.
A well written interesting book.
Even better than the first book. I couldn't put it down.
New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Booksense Top 10 Pick. I am not a "mystery fan" in the sense that genre label is usually applied but this book does not let the mystery overshadow very good writing. Premise is unusual and character development wonderful - all around compelling book.
Maisie Dobbs, a former WWI British army nurse, continues her adventures in post-war London, as a combination investigator and psychologist.
Four young women were once close friends. But then they abruptly grew apart. Years later, three died. Is the fourth the killer, or the next victim?
Sometimes you wonder if you really see things. I looked at the cover of this book and thought it interesting, but actually really didn't see what it depicted. It was only later, toward the end of the book, that I realized its significance. But about one third of the way through, when my attention was drawn to the fact that there were "four women," only then did I briefly wonder if the plot had anything to do with at at least two movies I have seen several times: adventure flicks---an original and a remake. Sorry, but to mention the title here would be to ruin the story for you.
Then the author threw in some new suspects and I forgot my thought after a few pages.
The human mind is a truly wonderful machine, it is busy solving problems in the background while you are unaware it is doing so. While I consciously didn't see the cover, my mind remembered it and later brought up the movies as a possibility. Needless to say, my brief thought of the movies was the key to the plot of the book.
In this book, Miss Dobbs also deals with some major problems in her life, aside from the investigation she was hired to do. Some include her friends and loved ones. Other directly impact her own life. For those who have come to like her, expect some major new influences toward the end of the book, and I don't mean her new hairdo.
This is book #2 of the Maisie Dobbs series. The story could move along a little faster but I love the period details of the aftermath of WW 1 in England. And Maisie is a great character. I look forward to the 3rd book of the series.
This is the second mystery in the Maisie Dobbs series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. These books are set in England between the two world wars, and Winspear sketches in nice details of the time and the setting. Maisie Dobbs (private investigator and "psychologist") is a great character, having grown up working class, served as a nurse during WWI, and moving now in upper class circles. She uses meditation and centering to help her solve her cases, which is a neat idea.
Well-done mystery by a Brit. Set in 1930's England...well-done atmosphere.
Good read. Maisie is a wonderful character
Birds of a Feather finds Maisie Dobbs on another dangerously intriguing adventure in London "between the wars." It is the spring of 1930, and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. But what seems a simple case at the outset soon becomes increasingly complicated when three of the heiresss old friends are found dead. Who would want to kill three seemingly respectable young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of the Great War.
Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs is a classic mystery that shouldn't be missed.
Very good second entry in the Maisie Dobbs series. This one takes place in 1930, over 12 years since the end of The Great War but the war is still a constant reminder to many who lost loved ones because of it. Maisie is hired by a rich market owner to find his missing daughter. He is sure that the young woman, Charlotte, has left his house on her own because this had happened before. But as Maisie delves into the disappearance she finds that three of Charlotte's old friends, that she knew back during the Great War, have been murdered. Are the murders related to Charlotte's disappearance and could Charlotte be next on the murderer's list? And why would anyone want to kill these young women? Maisie, along with her assistant, Billy Beale, sort through the morass of false leads and of course are able to get to the who's and why's of the mystery of Charlotte's disappearance as well as the murders of her friends.
I read and enjoyed the first book in this series a few months ago and I thought this second book further developed Maisie's character and I will be looking forward to reading more of Maisie.
Winner of the Agatha Award! It is the spring of 1930 and Maisie has been hired to find a runaway heiress. When three of the heiress's old friends are found dead, Maisie must race to find out who would want to kill these seemingly respectable young women before it's too late. As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of the Great War.