mw empty nestARC honest review for Alibi books via Netgalley.

Manager of a tourist center in a quaint British village, Julia Lanchester finds herself with more ideas than time. Her boss is the Earl Fotheringill himself, but apart from him, she doesn’t mix well with the aristocracy. Unfortunately, toxic mold forces her from her cottage and into one of the earl’s countless spare rooms at the Hall. She tries to get a handle on her overload of work, while she finds herself arguing with dinner guests, chaffing at the sudden interest the earl’s son has in running the estate, and missing her new beau, Michael Sedgwick.

Her life goes from bad to sinister when Julia discovers poisoned sparrowhawks on the expansive estate grounds. And soon after, she finds one of the Hall’s visitors murdered—felled by the same poison. While simultaneously both spooked and angry, she still can’t keep herself from snooping, and dragging Michael along into her investigation. But will she find the culprit before her own wings are clipped?

*****

A lovely cozy mystery set in rural East Anglia amongst all the birders/twitchers.

This is the second ‘Birds of a Feather’ mystery.  The first is called ‘The Rhyme of the Magpie’.

 

Julia Lanchester has hung up her cap as producer of her fathers (Rupert Lanchester) hit tv show ‘A Bird in the Hand’, for a more settled job as manager of a small Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Smeaton-under-Lyme.  Filling her time with answering visitors questions, coming up with new ideas for pulling people in to visit the area…and the odd bit of snooping!

This is my first outing with one of Marty Wingate’s mysteries…but not the last.

The plot and story are well constructed,  and the characters are fleshed out, that they spring from the page.

Reminds me of another authors work involving birders/twitchers…George & Molly Palmer-Jones mysteries by Ann Cleeves…long before the ‘Vera’ Stanhope TV series.

Marty also writes ‘The Potting Shed Mysteries’, which I will be checking out soon.

Available in Kindle format…but hopefully in time will be in printed format.

4 Stars****

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