Every Trick in the Rook (Birds of a Feather #3)3 Stars

Published March 7th 2017

I enjoyed the first two books in this series quite a bit so was looking forward to finally having the time to read this one. Unfortunately, this one did not live up to the first two. The best part of this story was the rook, Alphie who assists in solving the murder. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad story, just not a great one.

Julia’s ex-husband, Nick turns up dead on the summer resort in the village where she lives and works. Why was he there? Did Julia meet with him? Why was he trying to get a hold of both Julia and Michael, her boyfriend? There were a lot of questions, red herrings and drama in this story. When Michael is questioned about the murder, he decides it would be best for Julia if he moved out, this was something both Julia and I wondered about. Julia is not so much a sleuth in this book but a good observer. She ends up putting herself in a bad situation (we expect that in a cozy, right?) due to her nosiness, but all turns out well in the end. I did not suspect the killer until near the end of the book, but then it became pretty obvious. I will read the next book in this series, because I know how good they can be, unfortunately, this was not the best in the series.

About the Book (From Goodreads): Julia Lanchester’s perch is knocked askew when murder hits a little too close to home in this delightful cozy mystery.

Julia Lanchester is flying high. She’s nesting with her boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick, and she’s found her niche as manager of the tourist center in her picturesque British village. Thanks to all her hard work, visitors are up—way up. Her reward is an even more hectic schedule. Michael’s busy, too, traveling all over as the personal assistant to Julia’s father, celebrity ornithologist Rupert Lanchester. With precious little time together, Julia’s romantic weekend with Michael can’t come soon enough.

But the getaway is spoiled when Julia’s ex-husband is found murdered on her boss’s estate. And after a witness reports seeing Michael near the scene of the crime, the press descends, printing lies and wreaking havoc. To protect Julia, Michael vanishes into thin air, leaving her to pick up the slack on Rupert’s show and track down the real killer—even if it means putting herself in the flight path of a vicious predator. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, opinions and ideas shared are my own.

Marty WingateAbout the Author: Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based mystery writer who also lectures about gardens and travel. She is the author of the Potting Shed mysteries from Random House/Alibi, about Pru Parke, middle-aged American gardener who moves to England and digs up more than weeds. Her second cozy series, Birds of a Feather, follows the adventures of Julia Lanchester, daughter of a celebrity ornithologist and manager of the tourist information center in a Suffolk village. Marty is available to visit your book club via the internet. She leads garden tours to European and North American destinations.

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