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    Loved it! A must read.

    This is my first Marty Wingate book and it will most certainly not be my last. I plan to go back and read the first book in this amazing series. While reading you are transported to a British estate called Fotheringill. I love how the author is able to catch the essence of the British landscape and countryside. She goes into great detail while describing the village and surrounding estates. She also captures the beauty and majesty of the different birds noted throughout this book. Especially the Sparrow Hawk. Julia Lanchester has had to move out of her beloved home in the village due to black mold. She is now residing at Earl Linus Fotheringill's, her employers home while he is taking great care to repair her home. She has taken the job of tourism developer to help with the economy. This is beginning to pay off and she is coming up with great plans like Cider Days, The Christmas Market, and a spur of the moment Quiz night at Royal Oaks pub. She is also very happy in her relationship with Michael who happens to be working with her father Rupert Lanchester. He is a well known and loved Ornithologist. One day Linus's son, Cecil Vicount Palgrave shows up unannounced with a friend, Freddy Peacock and puts a kink in everything. Things are just not adding up for Julia and she feels that he has an ulterior motive. Is he really here to learn the ins and outs of running an estate??? Things begin to spiral out of control when Freddy is found dead in his locked room. Then Cecil's mother Isabel shows up and everything goes from bad to worse! Julia and Michael begin their own investigation into who would kill Freddy and why? Things are not what they seem and secrets, lies, and deceptions are pulled out of the closet that some people will go to great lengths to keep hidden. This book is full of secrets, surprises, new life, murder and twists and turns that you will not see coming. I look forward to the next installment in this series. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
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    Second book in series!

    Empty Nest by Marty Wingate is the second book in A Birds of a Feather Mystery series. Julia Lanchester is thirty-seven years old. She changed careers recently. She used to be her father’s assistant (he is an ornithologist and hosts a show on BBC) Pipit Cottage (her home) had a severe mildew problem and she is staying at Hoggin Hall with Lord Linus Fotheringill (her boss). Julia the manager of the Tourist Information Center in Smeaton-under-Lyme. She also creates events to attract tourists to the hall and town. One evening Julia is enjoying dinner with Linus, Vesta Widdersham (co-worker and friend), and Akash Kumar (Vesta’s boyfriend) when Cecil Fotheringill shows up. Cecil is Linus’ thirty year old son, but he rarely comes home. He has decided it is time to learn about the running of the estate (about time) and he has brought a friend, Freddy Peacock, with him. Freddy and Cecil worked at the auction rooms in London together. The next day the new estate manager, Geoffrey Addleton, arrives. Dinners are starting to become something Julia wishes to avoid. On the day of the cider festival, Julia finds poisoned birds in a field near the new estate manager’s cottage. Someone deliberately poisoned them. A few evenings later Julia comes home late (after being with her boyfriend, Michael Sedgewick) and smells a fire. She discovers a fire in Freddy’s room with Freddy on the floor. Poor Freddy is dead and he was poisoned. The main suspect turns out to be Cecil. He refuses to tell the police is whereabouts for that evening (for a very silly reason). Then Cecil’s mother, Lady Isabel Fotheringill (Linus and Isabel are divorced) shows up to help her son (she is overbearing and demanding). Julia starts looking into matters to try and clear Cecil for Linus (he is so upset and Julia is afraid he will confess to save his son). Then Julia starts to feel ill. Turns out she is being poisoned. It seems the killer does not like the questions that Julia has been asking. Will Julia be able to find the killer before the killer does in Julia? In order to understand the characters and dynamics in Empty Nest, you really need to read first book in the A Birds of a Feather (otherwise you will be lost and confused). The book is told in the first person from Julia’s point-of-view. There are long sentences, a lot of rambling, and a very bumbling Julia. Julia is supposed to be a manager who is capable of running large events. The rambling and bumbling do not go with that description. The author did not provide a lot of clues nor was there much action during the majority of the book (except the murder). The mystery is not simple which makes the book more interesting. I am amazed at all the tea and food. It seems if you stop in anywhere, you get tea and treats (they must have had tea over 20 times in the book). It was like the author was trying very hard to make sure we knew they were in England where they have tea. I give Empty Nest 3 out of 5 stars. I do not believe this series is for me. I received a complimentary copy of Empty Nest from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Empty nest

    Engaging characters ,good plot ,lovely read. The first book was just as enjoyable,and I am looking forward to another by this author

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