Death of a Songbird (Birdwatcher's Mystery #2)

Death of a Songbird (Birdwatcher's Mystery #2)

by Christine Goff

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In desperate need of respite, Lark Drummond accompanies her friend, Rachel Stanhope, on a birding expedition. But their relaxing afternoon takes a gruesome turn when Lark witnesses her business partner’s malevolent murder through her spotting scope. With the help of their birdwatching club, she sets out to solve the tortuously complex mystery. However, as more clues surface - and disappear - it soon becomes apparent that this case is much more menacing and dangerous than they'd originally bargained for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941286586
Publisher: HighLine Editions
Publication date: 02/11/2016
Series: Birdwatcher's Mystery Series , #2
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 214
Sales rank: 906,634
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chris Goff is the award-winning author of the bestselling "Birdwatcher's Mystery" series. She was named ‘Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' 2002 Writer of the Year’ and two of her novels were also finalists for the prestigious ‘Willa Literary Award for Best Original Paperback Fiction’. Her latest book, ‘Death Shoots A Birdie’, was also a Finalist for the ‘Colorado Authors League Best Genre Fiction’ Award.

Having grown up in a small mountain town in Colorado, she spent a lot of time outdoors—camping, fishing, hiking, playing tennis and skiing, with wildlife always around. Her father was a true outdoorsman and together they explored the wilderness of Colorado, sailed in Maine and walked extensively from the sandy California beaches to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall, England.

It was her mother, however, who was the major influence on Chris commencing a writing career. She encouraged her from an early age, and later her job as a Vice President of the Gannett Broadcasting Company led to Chris growing up surrounded by some of the best media talent in the country.

At college Chris studied journalism, determined to become an investigative reporter. Deciding this was not for her, however, she tried her hand at a variety of jobs—PR, engineering, ice cream store manager—until finally returning to writing.

She began by writing non-fiction for several local newspapers in Summit County, Colorado, as well as articles for regional and national publication. She later edited rock and ice-climbing guides for the ‘Chockstone Press’, worked in graphic production for ‘Living the Good News’, and taught writing workshops for the Colorado Free University, the University of Colorado, and at writer's conferences internationally.

A long-standing member of multiple writing organizations, she has served on several local, regional and national boards, including that of the ‘Mystery Writers of America’.

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The Death of a Songbird 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DonnaSchlachter More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I've read in this series, and Goff has held true to her fascination with the murder mystery and with birdwatching. Not a birder myself, I am intrigued with the language and terminology used, pleased to learn about birds and birding, and I love the way Goff weaves in the clues, suspects, plot lines, and then does the big reveal. Looking forward to more!
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Lark Drummond has a silent partner, Ester Mills that helps run the Colorado Drummond Hotel. But things are going to get sticky when Lark learns that she has bird watching convention going on, two maids out sick, and that Ester just cancelled her coffee order. To get a breath of fresh air, Lark goes out bird watching with Rachel Stanhope and sees Ester being murdered. It is now up to Lark to figure out who did it and why. There is a lot going on in this story. The main part was about the coffee. It’s amazing how things can affect the environment and when I read about shade grown vs. full-sun grown coffee it made me thing about where I was getting my coffee from. Of course there are the bird references which just add to the story too. This is a cute little mystery with bird watching as a main theme. I love all the information that you get from reading Death of a Songbird. It was just like A Rant of Ravens, just the extra little bits that make the story better. If you like the quick, cozy mysteries make sure to check out the Birdwatcher’s Mystery series. They are great books with lots of extra information and a great location. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The characters are engaging, the action fast-paced, and Goff's writing is filled with passion for her subject. In addition to this book being a marvelous read, I learned about the frighteningly close ties between coffee growth (shade grown vs. full-sun grown coffee) and the survival of our migratory song birds. I am shocked and dismayed at some of the facts Goff reveals. My 103-yr-old grandmother remembers skies full of birds and their extraordinary melodies, and she asks me where the birds have gone. I never fully appreciated her question until I read this book. An amazing read, a wonderful bite-your-nails conclusion, and an intelligent look at a topic that's important to all of us--or should be. Watch out, Nevada Barr, Goff is on your trail!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! Christine Goff's second book, Death of a Songbird, provides mystery readers with everything required to lose a good night's sleep! Migratory birding, shade grown cofee and murder colide in Goff's Elk Park. In Songbird she twisted characters and pacing together seamlessly making me impatient for the third in the series so I can discover more about those amazing birders in Elk Park, Colorado!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The good news is that every room in the Elk Park, Colorado Drummond Hotel is filled due to the Migration Alliance hosting a convention here. The bad news is that two maids are ailing with the flu. The ugly news is that for some unexplained reason silent partner Esther Mills canceled the coffee shipment from their distributor, Chipe Coffee Company. The visible partner Lark Drummond cannot learn why her partner committed such a dramatic, seemingly criminal act of leaving the hotel nearing caffeine withdrawal syndrome and hurting their investment in the coffee distributing firm.

Lark meets Rachel Stanhope at a nearby restaurant where they observe a nasty public incident involving Esther. Lark and Rachel go birdwatching together, but instead of spotting a rare aviary, Lark observes someone murdering Esther. Proving birds of a feather stick together, Lark and several birdwatchers begin making their own inquiries, but soon uncover a plethora of viable suspects who had the motives to murder Esther.

DEATH OF A SONGBIRD is an entertaining amateur sleuth(s) tale that contains a story line that smoothly sings a bird song. The tale is fun because the key character Lark seems so real. Besides the lack of coffee causing many readers to think this is a horror story (required reading at night), Esther comes across as too mean for someone who apparently was held in such high esteem for more than just her business acumen. Still, readers will enjoy observing this book while using field binoculars to locate the first tale in this soaring series, A RANT OF RAVENS.

Harriet Klausner