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review The Rhyme of the Magpie Birds of a Feather Mystery #1 103 ¾ 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 life in diFor 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’s 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. This is the first book in Marty Wingate's series Birds of a Feather Mysteries Julia Lanchester is set adrift after the unexpected death of her mother and the remarriage of her father to her mother's best friend only 6 month's later She uits her job as her father's assistant and runs away from home She left in a huff and has not spoken to him in a few months Her father Rupert Lanchester is the host of the BBC show A Bird in the Hand designed to bring nature specifically birds into the lives of everyone He is also an ardent environmentalist Julia has moved to Smeaton under Lyme where she has been hired to run the Tourist Information Centre It is a uaint little town owned by the Lord When Rupert shows up and tries to mend fences with Julia she dismisses him outright When she gets a call from her step mother that he is missing and he left his phone behind she immediately forgets her grudge and sets out to find him With the help of his new assistant Michael they head off to Marshy End to see if he is hiding out at the family's cottage What they find is a dead body of a PR man The company he is representing is trying to put up a wind farm that Rupert has been publicly fighting against and recently had an argument with the deceased Rupert it seems is nowhere to be found The police are now looking for him as well to uestion him Did Rupert kill the man Where is he hiding Can Julia find him before the police doI found the beginning of the book a little slow moving I know that there needs to be background given in a new series but it took a long time to get into the story I stuck with it and it did finally get better with several twists and turns There were a lot of people with motive for the murder so Julia got into a lot of situations trying to figure this one out There were also a couple of side stories that gave some background to the characters but seemed to be filler to the story I have read the second one in this series and I liked it a lot so I know the writing gets better

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Is a tightly woven nest of lies and murder   Praise for Marty Wingate   “Marty Wingate plants clever clues with a dash of romantic spice to satisfy any hungry mystery reader” Mary Daheim bestselling author of The Alpine Yeoman   “Classy clever and utterly charming Brew a pot of tea and settle in with this immensely enjoyable mystery” 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 “black and white court jester outfits” 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 – Julia’s father had gone missing and left first one then another message about the rhyme It had been less than 6 months after Julia’s beloved mother Anne’s passing when her father wed her mother’s best friend Beryl Furious with what seemed a betrayal of her mother’s 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’s 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’s place to work out challenges for his work That’s where they found the body of the spokesman for Power to the People a man with whom Julia’s 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 “A Birds of a Feather” series As an ‘armchair’ 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’t 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

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The Rhyme of the Magpie Birds of a Feather Mystery #1The 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