Read ePub ☆ Birds of a Feather ì Paperback

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Read ePub ☆ Birds of a Feather ì Paperback ô An eventful year has passed for Maisie Dobbs Since starting a one woman private investigation agency in 1929 London she now has a professional office in Fitzroy Suare and an assistant the happy go lucky Billy Beale She has proven herself as a psychologist and investigator and has Lf made man who has lavished her with privilege but kept her in a gilded cage His domineering ways have driven her off before and now she’s bolted againWaite’s instructions are to find his daughter and bring her home When Maisie looks into the disappearance she finds a chilling link to Stratton’s murder case and to the terrible legacy of The Great Wa I really enjoyed this It's a murder mystery set between WWI and WWII in England Maisie is a self employed PI She's been hired by a very wealthy man to find his adult daughter who was single and lived at home Maisie discovers this woman has had several friends who have been murdered Reading this reminded me of watching a Masterpiece Mystery on PBS It has no bloody violence or gore Just a good old fashioned murder mystery I bought this book many years ago and did not realize it is #2 in a series but the author did fill in a bit that is probably in the first book I will definitely keep any eye out for the 3rd book

Jacqueline Winspear ê Birds of a Feather text

N admirable achievement for a woman who worked her way from servant to scholar to sleuth and who also served as a battlefield nurse in the Great WarIt’s now the early Spring of 1930 Stratton is investigating a murder case in Coulsden while Maisie has been summoned to Dulwich to find a runaway heiress The woman is the daughter of Joseph Waite a wealthy se I so want to like this series I feel like I should like this series that I’m the target audience and there is something wrong with me that I don’t like this series But I don’t like Maisie Dobbs At all She’s a cold self centered woman with few redeeming ualities and the good fortune to be fictional and therefore able to ignore her numerous failings due to an author who wants to make her something wonderful In short she’s the literary euivalent of a spoiled lazy not at all bright teenager who gets into Harvard because of a legacy After finishing this book I made a list of what I didn’t like about this book don’t worry it’s not exhaustive so that whenever I start to think I should give this series another chance I can read this list and remember why that would be a waste of good reading What follows contains some small spoilers but since I don’t think the book is worth reading I don’t feel particularly bad about possibly ruining this book seriously don’t read it1 I don’t care how many times an author tells me a character is smart That doesn’t convince me Show me a character is smart I can say I’m 6’1” all I want but that doesn’t make me 6’1”2 On a related note when a character is supposed to be smart don’t drop massive clues have said character ignore said clues for one hundred pages and then suddenly remember them when it’s convenient for the story That makes the character looks stupid3 When an author bases a scene or resolution off what one character says or does please make sure said action would make a normal person step back and go “yep understand why that would evoke that reaction” Having a character go into a murderous rampage because someone gives him a slice of cake doesn’t make sense unless it’s explained for example that the government programmed that person to go into a murderous rampage if served cake As a reader I want to understand a book I don’t want to have to create my own explanations to make a plot or scene work4 When a murderer snaps several years after an event it’d be nice to know what set him off5 I like suspense but only if used properly When used properly it’s a great addition to a story When not used correctly like when the information being withheld ties in directly to the title of the book and in no way reveals the denouement – say for example identical feathers found at crime scenes in a book titled Birds of a Feather it just makes a story tedious Put another way Not immediately revealing who owned the knife found at the murder scene and not revealing related information that would give away the mystery Good use of suspense Waiting one hundred pages to reveal a knife was the murder weapon and treating it as super mysterious when it doesn’t reveal anything and is easy to figure out with the information given Not a good use of suspense6 Love triangles are overused but when used correctly I always forgive the overuse and eagerly lap up the drama However crucifying one character to build a triangle telling the audience why they should like a character without giving any examples as to why and using the device as a way to put in a cheap unnecessary cliffhanger are not acceptable uses of a love triangle and remind me why I’d like them to become the exception rather than the rule in storytelling7 Also if an author must have a love triangle in a story it’d be nice if the person at the center does not seem like a cold heartless fish As a reader I want to understand why two men are attracted to one woman and both pursue her Telling me that Betsy is a vicarious funny woman doesn’t convince me she is especially when the book contains no examples of that and doesn’t show me why two men are fighting over her Said conflict is even difficult to believe when the author points out repeatedly that the story is set in post WWI England and available women outnumber men by a considerable degree8 Using “feelings” to advance a story Nope Sorry Yes I’m all about rooms giving off a certain vibe and going off gut instincts But when an author uses meditation and mysticism in place of actual investigating I don’t like it It seems cheap9 Emotional scenes put in for no reason other than to take up page space and make a character seem deep Nope Don’t do it Especially when an author can’t even let that melodramatic story tell itself – excerpts of brief meaningless conversations about a problem suddenly invented are not fun to read and do not move me to any emotion other than annoyance10 If a character is suffering from a drug addiction and withdrawal there needs to be some actual conseuence Having them absolutely fine whenever they are needed Weak I want conseuences Under this logic Achilles still had a weak heel but it didn’t matter and he won anyway What’s the point of that Those are the major points about why I didn’t like this book To boil it all down and I could have put this earlier but certain books just bring out a need to rant Like the first one this has all of the pieces of a good mystery but the actual product is not good I can’t uite believe such a great premise is not only so badly executed but has spanned an as of 2011 eight book series What am I missing That’s the real mystery Not recommended

eBook é Birds of a Feather ê Jacqueline Winspear

Birds of a FeatherAn eventful year has passed for Maisie Dobbs Since starting a one woman private investigation agency in 1929 London she now has a professional office in Fitzroy Suare and an assistant the happy go lucky Billy Beale She has proven herself as a psychologist and investigator and has even won over Detective Inspector Stratton of Scotland Yard’s Murder Suad a While I enjoyed the first in this series this second book has me wondering if I really want to continue reading about Maisie Dobbs The mysticismwoo used by Maisie to sense things is really becoming wearing and unnecessary if Maisie is supposed to be so bright intuitive and observing of her surroundings this extra centering and feeling the hand of a dead person on her shoulder is jarring and silly There are also subplots with Maisie's father and partner that feel tacked on and uite frankly poorly distract from the actual case solving The one feels very much like LOOK AT WHAT I FOUND IN MY RESEARCH ISN'T THAT INTERESTING and does not organically spring from that characterMy larger problem is that I really don't LIKE most of the characters in this series Maisie often comes off as cold and socially well not inept exactly More like bizarre In this book for instance someone teases her jokingly and Maisie's response is indignant and almost shocked and strangely so even for the time There is a strength and stubbornness that an investigator needs to possess in order to gain information but in Maisie that's coupled with an arrogance and condescension that while not yet insufferable makes me hesitate to continue reading about her I'm likewise not so thrilled with her partner often there for Maisie to bounce ideas off of in a condescending way her father passive aggressive or teacher dude would be a Magical Negro if he were black my god Mostly everyone feels like a 2 dimensional cut out and not fully fleshed peopleI have the third in this series on hold at the library and will hesitantly give it a whirl