- File Size: 1031 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Underground (July 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 11, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MPVNVR5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amy Simms lives on the third floor of an old three-story Victorian Queen Anne-style house in Ruby Lake, North Carolina with her mother, Barbara. She has one cantankerous tenant, Ester Pilaster (a/k/a Esther the Pester) who she “inherited” from the previous owner, plus one apartment on the second floor. Paul Anderson is the co-owner of Brewer’s Biergarten, along with her ex-husband, Craig Bigelow, and is a temporary tenant while his house is being renovated. Amy and her friend and business partner, Kimberly “Kim” Christy, are the owners of Birds & Bees, which is located on the ground floor but Kim is also a realtor and only works at Birds & Bees part time. Professor Mason Livingston was Amy’s ornithology professor and has agreed to a book signing for his book, “Hummingbirds and Their Habits,” at Rose Smith’s bookstore, Bookarama, and speak at the monthly Birds and Brew meeting that Amy and Paul co-host. Mason arrives towing a tiny house (which is actually a giant red birdhouse) behind his truck. Amy, her boyfriend, Derek, and Barbara attend the book signing and Derek bought each of them a copy of Mason’s book but when they returned home, Amy realized they had forgotten them and went back to Bookarama to retrieve them. Upon entering the bookstore, Amy finds Mason slumped over the table he used during the presentation and signing, with a pair of scissors buried in his neck and Rose claims she killed him. When the time of death is determined, Police Chief Jerry Kennedy is contacted by someone who can provide an alibi for Rose and she’s released from custody. Even though Derek asks her not to get involved with the investigation, Amy just can’t keep herself from asking questions and snooping around. Amy is feeling a little insecure in her relationship with Derek because his ex-wife (also named Amy) has opened a bridal shop right next to the law office Derek shares with his father.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
The author takes a risk by giving a tease at the front where one character confesses straight out.
Of course that is so ridiculous, you KNOW she is covering for and protecting someone else.
Everyone has opportunity but what could be the motive?
The victim seems to be a popular book author with an unusual topic - hummingbirds. Not exactly controversial. He is invited to this small town by a former student who owns a bird supply store and he'll do a book signing at the local non-chain bookstore. How could he have enemies within the community?
Of course, maybe it was a crime of opportunity by someone suspected of random burglaries to local businesses who leave their doors unlocked. Or someone who took a dislike to his giant red birdhouse on wheels?
Besides tracing down a killer, our heroine must deal with the regular tensions of living and running a business in a small town where everyone is in everyone else's business. Plus having to learn about chicken care.
Settle in and get set to enjoy a fun read with interesting and kind of goofy characters.
You may learn a few things about birds along the way
I accepted this book via NetGalley
People are faulty by nature. What faults justify being murdered? What faults do you tack up to the “just being human” check list. I was bouncing between these questions while determining the suspects. I have to say, the suspect list was created to make a reader volley between them. I really enjoyed this, it was a nice way to get me off the scent, while also having me kept engaged in the suspect scenes. There were many, sadly I would say this was a favorite victim in this series, and I wasn’t shocked, but was surprised at the murderer.
Overall, another delightful read from this author that keeps me coming back for more!
I was provided a copy of this book, I voluntarily chose to share my personal thoughts on the book.
He has a new book about hummingbirds coming out and is coming to sign his books in Ruby Lake.
From the moment he pulls up in his Tiny Bird house on wheels something is off. And when Amy finds him after the book signing dead with the bookstore owner, admitting she did it something isn't sitting right with Amy.
Of course our girl can't sit back and wait to find out what is going on and soon she is flitting all over town looking for answers. And there is no lack of shady characters for her to focus on.
I've never been a bird person until this series. I love a story that can entertain and teach me something new. I never knew there was so many types of hummingbirds and they're all adorable.
The characters in this series are quickly becoming family and I think that's a sign of a well-written series.
Well done once again Mr. Ripley!