I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Empty Nest by Marty Wingate
Published by Alibi on December 1st, 2015
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Also by this author: The Garden Plot, The Red Book of Primrose House, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, The Rhyme of the Magpie: A Birds of a Feather Mystery, The Skeleton Garden (Potting Shed Mystery #4), Every Trick in the Rook, The Bluebonnet Betrayal, Best-Laid Plants
If you love M. C. Beaton or Susan Wittig Albert, don’t miss the charming Birds of a Feather series from bestselling author Marty Wingate! In Empty 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?
A blackbird announced my late arrival.
What I thought of this book
I am truly becoming a fan of Marty Wingate.
Things with Michael are going pretty well as all is forgive for what he kept from her in the previous book. Things are going pretty good at the TIC as well but one thing is not going so well and that is the fact that she has toxic mold in her little cottage. Julia ends up moving into her boss’s house at Hoggin’s Hall.
It’s becomes pretty eventful when Cecil comes home with a friend, and then Isabel, Linus’s ex-wife comes for a visit. Not to long after all this Freddy Peacock the guy who came home with Cecil is dead, poison by the same stuff that poisoned some sparrow hawks that Julia had found earlier.
The police found out some things about Cecil and think that he is responsible but Julia doesn’t believe it so she tries to find out what happened. In doing so she gets herself in trouble again.
The mystery is very well done as I had several suspects but in the end I didn’t really know exactly who had done it till close to the reveal. I love the English setting of Wingate’s mysteries as well. The characters are great too. I like Julia and Michael they make a cute couple. I love her dad and wished he would have been in it a little more. The other characters from the Hall or those that work with Julia at the TIC are great too. I like getting to know them all.
If you like cozies then you will enjoy this series.