Not quite a cozy mystery, but one worth reading nonetheless.
This is the second book by Marty Wingate that I have read. The first focused on the plant life of the English countryside, this book was woven throughout with a look at the birds of the English Island. Julia, her former (and now deceased) husband, her boyfriend, and father are all birders, both recreationally and professionally. As Julia and her friends, with some help from the local constabulary, attempt to discover the reason and person(s) behind her ex-husband’s murder, we are introduced to some of the amazing feathered animals that live in England.
The mystery is intriguing enough to hold the reader’s interest from beginning to end; while the parade of birds that are woven throughout the story will drive the reader Google and other internet search tools to better understand the creatures which “fly” by the reader’s windows. The most interesting species is, as the title suggests, Alfie, a Rook - an intelligent bird, capable of collecting lots of minutia. Some of the collectables are downright gross, while others serve as stepping stones toward pinning down the murderer’s identity and motive.
Cozy - no.
Readable - absolutely.
This book is well worth the time spent reading over the last week. This reviewer recommends this mystery for bird lovers, mystery lovers, and amateur crime solvers wherever they may be found.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.