If you love Laura Childs, Ellery Adams, or Jenn McKinlay, don’t miss Marty Wingate’s charming Birds of a Feather series! InEmpty Nest, Julia Lanchester’s life is interrupted by a murder most foul—and a killer who’s watching her like a hawk.
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?
Review: After reading the first book in this series earlier this year, I was anxiously waiting for this one, to see what Julia and Michael would get themselves into next. I was not disappointed by their new adventure in the least. I love how the author is able to transport readers into the life on a British estate, and to be able to experience the British countryside through her words. She has also obviously done her research when it comes to describing the birds of the area. As in the first book, Julia finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation while trying to handle event planning and tourism for the estate. Julia is a fun main character, very witty and sassy. She has built relationships with many people in the village, as well as several people at the Hall, and it is interesting to see those friendships develop. The mystery is very well written and perfectly paced. There are secrets revealed, and plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing all the way to the final reveal.
Rating: Five stars
About the Author
Marty Wingate is the author of two previous Potting Shed mysteries, The Garden Plot and The Red Book of Primrose House. Her new Birds of a Feather Mystery series debuted with The Rhyme of the Magpie. Wingate is a regular contributor to Country Gardens and other magazines. She also leads gardening tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and North America. More Potting Shed and Birds of a Feather mysteries are planned.