THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE: A Birds of a Feather Mystery ~Marty Wingate
“One for sorrow, two for joy; Three for a girl, four for a boy; Five for silver, six for gold; Seven for a secret, never to be told; Eight for a wish, nine for a kiss; Ten for a bird that’s best to miss.”
THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE is one of the nicest stories I have ever read. I started in on the book and could not put it down. It is not a high pressure read or an amazingly fast story, rather it is well constructed and thoughtful and a good adventure.
The reader finds themselves in England near Cambridge, on an estate which is working on surviving all the changes that put pressures on such a property, family and a whole village. Julia has just been hired to organize a tourist bureau to enhance the estate for more visitors and study of village life. She has left her previous position as assistant to her father, who is a well-known Television personality and has a show on the environment about birds and nature. Julia has had a disagreement with her father after the sudden death of her mother and has a large need to move on to other work efforts.
There is a large corporation which is working on putting up a huge wind farm near the estate and they have hired a large PR firm to tell the people that this is a good location and a good thing to introduce to the countryside and Julia and her father are opposed to the site because it will destroy a bird habitat and ruin the landscape and the natural order of the surrounding area. Julia’s father is being threatened and then he disappears. The spokesperson for the wind farm is found murdered.
This is also a family story about loss and re-discovery. Why do people do what they do and how do they work to trust again and regain the strength of the family bonds?
The book is about change which is sometimes sudden and sometimes needs a great deal of study. The characters are well developed and Julia is quite a feisty gal who makes a difference in her surroundings and the outcomes. What a spirit.
I am so pleased that TLC Book Tours sent an advance copy for me to review and I highly recommend this story as a very good read. How lucky we are have books and interesting stories to enjoy.
About Marty Wingate
Marty Wingate is the author of The Garden Plot and The Red Book of Primrose House, and a regular contributor to Country Gardens as well as other magazines. She also leads gardening tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and North America. More Birds of a Feather mysteries are planned.