Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Empty Nest: A Birds of a Feather Mystery

Empty Nest: A Birds of a Feather Mystery Empty Nest: A Birds of a Feather Mystery by Marty Wingate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review:  EMPTY NEST by Marty Wingate (A Birds of a Feather Mystery)

EMPTY NEST is riveting! So much so, I recommend setting aside a block of time to read it start to finish--you won't want to stop before the end. I certainly didn't. As a cozy, you're not going to get gore nor gritty, but you certainly will find plenty of mystery, plenty of genuine recognizable human emotions, plenty of twists, and a surprising and precarious denouement (precarious for the protagonist). Accomplished author Marty Wingate provides a self-aware narrator who is not afraid to analyze her own character and to examine her own emotions, and due to this, the first person narrative is lively and fitting.

Julia Lanchester, daughter of celebrity bird watching expert Rupert Lanchester, is employed as director of the Tourist Information Center in a small Sussex village. Temporarily housed at the manor till mold in her antique cottage is eradicated, Julia becomes  part of the scene, although neither quite family or staff. But the return of the heir precipitates a death, Julia is keen to uncover facts, while simultaneously coping with a distance relationship and her own fear of commitment.

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