Birds of a Feather ~ Jacqueline Winspear
More established after several more cases that have passed between book one and Birds of a Feather, Maisie and Billy have made quite a name for themselves. Suddenly they are in high demand, answering inquiries from wealthy Mr. Waite. Seems that Mr. Waite’s daughter, Charlotte has gone missing, yet again, and to keep his well-to-do family’s good name out of the paper, Mr. Wait is willing to do anything to catch and contain his wayward kid.
Tracking down the feisty young woman should be no job for our dynamic duo but when it appears that both Charlotte and her father have more than a few mysterious links to a string of recent murders, the case suddenly takes on more, er, weight and fast.
This is a careful examination of war, peace and the gray area that lurks long in the middle. Expanding on Maisie’s previous themes of family, camaraderie, war, suffrage and independence, Winspear’s second novel, Birds of a Feather sends this series down a deeper and darker road than the one previously covered. I’ve been impressed, so far, with the way the perils of conflict and combat are handled in seemingly simple novels. I was afraid that the war would only be examined in the first volume but it has become a developing theme that I have to say I really enjoy.
As I suspected, upon attaching to the thicker plot, toward the end of the first book, the rest of the series is proving to be incredibly readable and must faster than I had predicted. I am hoping that with a firm grasp on the series, now, I can catch up, within a week, to be on target with the rest of the reading group.