I stood at the door, locking up at the end of the day, and in the window’s reflection I caught a glimpse of something—a sight across the road that froze my blood. There, just beside the red post box at the corner—was it someone in a wide-brimmed field hat? I whipped around, but saw no one.
Mystery lovers with an interest in ornithology will be especially entertained with The Rhyme of the Magpie, the first book in Marty Wingate’s Birds of a Feather series. Readers looking for a well-plotted mystery with taut twists and a charming setting will not be disappointed, either. As a protagonist, Julia Lanchester is a believable character who is sometimes rash in her decisions but relatable. Her reluctance to accept her father’s marriage to her deceased mother’s best friend is understandable, as is her sister’s stance to just live and let live. The story moves along at a pleasant pace as Julia searches for both her missing father and his connection to the murdered man, and the ending is very unexpected. Readers looking for a new series to lose themselves in should give this one a try. The fourth book in this series is out next month.