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CHARACTERS The Rhyme of the Magpie Birds of a Feather Mystery #1 107  For readers of Laura Childs Ellery Adams and Jenn McKinlay the high flying new Birds of a Feather mystery series from Marty Wingate begins as a British woman gets caught up in a dangerous plot when her celebrity father disappears ¬† With her personal liFor readers of Laura Childs Ellery Adams and Jenn McKinlay the high flying new Birds of a Feather mystery series from Marty Wingate begins as a British woman gets caught up in a dangerous plot when her celebrity father disappears ¬† With her personal life in disarray Julia Lanchester feels she has no option but to uit her job on her father‚Äôs hit BBC Two nature show A Bird in the Hand Accepting a tourist management position in Smeaton under Lyme a uaint village in the English countryside Julia throws herself into her new life delighting sightseers and a local member of. Rupert a famous birdman and his daughter are still at odds after he married her mom's best friend only six months after the death of his wife Then Rupert disappears without warning during the time one of his arch rivals was murdered near their rustic get away cottage His daughter and Rupert's assistant discover the dead man and become entwined together in the mystery of the murder The characters are difficult to get to know and there is very little growth I could not identify with them The plotline did not move smoothly and slogged dragging ever so slowly It was clean but not in the least bit captivating At least that is my opinionAs a cozy mystery this book does not tickle my taste buds So I would have rated it 2 12 stars but rounded it up to a three It appears to appease other readers Such is the way of life The audible version of this book was read by Beverley A Crick and available through Hoopla I actually appreciated the deliverance by this narrator very much

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The gentry with tales of ancient Romans and pillaging Vikings   But the past is front and center when her father Rupert tracks her down in a moment of desperation Julia refuses to hear him out; his uick remarriage after her mother’s death was one of the reasons Julia flew the coop But later she gets a distressed call from her new stepmum Rupert has gone missing Julia decides to investigate she owes him that much at least and her father’s new assistant the infuriatingly dapper Michael Sedgwick offers to help Little does the unlikely pair realize that awaiting them. This was a nice start to a good series I'm hoping I really like Julia as the MC she's smart and interesting and stubborn but very caring I loved the setting and would love to read about the events Julia is planning to hold on the estate I don't know much about bird or bird watching but I enjoyed how the story pretty revolved and evolved around them The mystery was curious and I was definitely surprised when I found out the culprit I like the budding romance and am crossing my fingers this does not turn into any kind of love triangle esue thing I will definitely be continuing with this series and hope for even character development Julia is already changing a bit in this one

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The Rhyme of the Magpie Birds of a Feather Mystery #1Is a tightly woven nest of lies and murder ¬† Praise for Marty Wingate ¬† ‚ÄúMarty Wingate plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice to satisfy any hungry mystery reader‚ÄĚ Mary Daheim bestselling author of The Alpine Yeoman ¬† ‚ÄúClassy clever and utterly charming Brew a pot of tea and settle in with this immensely enjoyable mystery‚ÄĚ Rosemary Harris author of Pushing Up Daisies and The Bitches of Brooklyn on The Garden Plot Put the kettle on and settle into a well crafted village mystery with a delightful new sleuth Connie Archer author of Ladle to the Grave. It started as a simple rhyme for children learning to count Over the years it seemed to be almost a guide to omens depending on how many magpies in their ‚Äúblack and white court jester outfits‚ÄĚ one might see at one time For example Julia Lanchester just knew her sister Bianca was pregnant again and would have a little boy because of the number of magpies seen that day Now however the stakes were too high ‚Äď Julia‚Äôs father had gone missing and left first one then another message about the rhyme It had been less than 6 months after Julia‚Äôs beloved mother Anne‚Äôs passing when her father wed her mother‚Äôs best friend Beryl Furious with what seemed a betrayal of her mother‚Äôs memory she refused to visit them She had moved out of the house that had been home most of her life to get away from this betrayal and stopped working for her father Rupert as the associate producer for his nature program A Bird in the Hand on BBC Julia had found a job in a completely new line of work for Lord Linus Fotheringill as the Tourist Information Manager; she also lived in the tiny Pipit Cottage on the Fotheringill estate in Smeaton under Lyme Suffolk EnglandMany areas in Suffolk house breeding grounds for rare birds; Power to the People was a huge PR firm acting on behalf of the company trying to push through approval of a wind farm that would destroy the protected site of the stone curlews Rupert Lanchester Ornithologist was very much against any developments that would destroy areas where rare birds lived or bred and he was working against the wind farm During the heat of the controversy Rupert goes missing leaving a partial text behind for Julia and a brief note for his bride Julia meets her father‚Äôs new associate producer Michael Sedgwick and they help each other reason out where Rupert might be while Michael learns about the program and his new position from her They go to check out Marshy End the old family cottage often used as a holiday getaway or Rupert‚Äôs place to work out challenges for his work That‚Äôs where they found the body of the spokesman for Power to the People a man with whom Julia‚Äôs father had previously had very public arguments And it was clear that the man did not die of natural causes They had to find Rupert soon while they also wanted to prove his innocence Marty Wingate author of the Potting Shed Mysteries is also the author of The Rhyme of the Magpie first in the ‚ÄúA Birds of a Feather‚ÄĚ series As an ‚Äėarmchair‚Äô bird watcher the name of this new series captivated me Julia is of course my favorite person so far in this series A serious intelligent and logical woman she is the kind of woman that will succeed in almost any business endeavor she sets her mind on Her creative talent is put to good use as a Tourist Information Manager This combination of creativity and logic as well as love for her father is what she desperately needs to find him Julia also has good insight into people and is trying to understand Michael She sees his lack of background a mystery man who comes off sounding caring and sincere while the facts don‚Äôt uite line up The cover art is gorgeous colorful and attractive reflecting the story itself The plot is multi layered and brought through to fruition completely and with excellence It is satisfying to read a mystery for which there may be than one suspect a variety of plot twists and a solution that keeps this reader guessing to the very end Cozy readers looking for humor might be disappointed in this story but bird enthusiasts and those who like their cozies to be filled with information on whatever the subject is will appreciate it This novel is rich in descriptives of both the aged estate and the lands where various rare birds with a female sleuth who is intelligent and intuitive I highly recommend this mystery to fans of Marty Wingate English cozy mysteries and challenging plots; it is the kind of tale that we who love cozy mysteries will stay up until all hours to read I for one am looking forward to seeing how the series progressesWith a grateful heart I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review All opinions are my own and no monetary compensation was received for this review