Empty Nest: A Birds of a Feather Mystery Cozy Mystery 4th in Series Publisher: Alibi (December 1, 2015) Publication Date: December 1, 2015 Sold by: Random House LLC Language: English ASIN: B00UEL0JQU
If you love Laura Childs, Ellery Adams, or Jenn McKinlay, don’t miss Marty Wingate’s charming Birds of a Feather series! InEmpty 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?
It 's a well-written and engaging story with many twists and surprises. I also loved the setting, a picturesque town in the UK. Julia is the director of the tourist office of the country and have to make sure that everything in the country functions beautifully. Now she is in charge of improve the estate of the Earl Fotheringill. Unfortunately, her house is infested by mold and waiting that they finish the restoration work, is forced to stay on the estate of her current employer, Hogging Hall. She's also forced to suffer the devious attempts to pass her as her girlfriend. When suddenly and unexpectedly comes home the son of the Earl with a friend begins to occur strange cases of poisoning. Julia is really a great character, is intelligent, a great professional and a loyal and correct person. Very passionate her relationship with Michael. It's the fourth book in the series but I did not need to read the previous books to have an understanding of the story. I definitely recommend this one.
About the Author
Marty Wingate is the author of two previous Potting Shed mysteries, The Garden Plot and The Red Book of Primrose House. Her new Birds of a Feather Mystery series debuted with The Rhyme of the Magpie. Wingate is a regular contributor to Country Gardens and other magazines. She also leads gardening tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and North America. More Potting Shed and Birds of a Feather mysteries are planned.