2009: 141. Birds of a Feather

“Maisie Dobbs shuffled the papers on her desk into a neat pile and placed them in a plain manila folder.”

Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear

      This is the sequel to Maisie Dobbs, and is an perfectly enjoyable mystery.  Again, the the best part of the book, at least for me, is the way that the War (again, that’s World War One), and its after effects linger on and shape society (and cause crimes to occur), even years afterwards.  There were passages about the war (and specifically about how the employees of one store all joined up together and then all died together) that were heartbreaking.  And I’m a softy, and that’s an easy subject to make you sad about, but they were still handled well.  The other stuff is fine - you are going to have to suspend disbelief if you’re going to enjoy a mystery novel about a lower class girl who becomes an upper class detective, but once you do that the book is done pretty well.  If you like “cosy” mysteries, you’ll like these, and if you like war books (especially with a home front/what happens after angle), you’ll like them too.

Date/Place Completed:  November 2009, D.C.

Categories:  Fiction

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