Every Trick in the Rook (Birds of a Feather Mystery Series #3)

Every Trick in the Rook (Birds of a Feather Mystery Series #3)

by Marty Wingate

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ISBN-13: 9780425286210
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Birds of a Feather Mystery Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 80,581
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Marty Wingate is the USA Today bestselling author of the Birds of a Feather mysteries and the Potting Shed mysteries. 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 Birds of a Feather and Potting Shed mysteries are planned.

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Chapter 1

A distinctly steamy atmosphere filled the church hall at St. Swithun’s on that early April Thursday evening, created by wet mackintoshes, dripping umbrellas, and leather boots that would not dry out until July, all combined with six oil-filled radiators plugged in along the walls. The aroma of damp wool hung heavily in the air. I had intended to take the chill off and accidentally created a sauna. Despite that, our organizational meeting of the Smeaton-under-Lyme Wednesday Farmers’ Market—its inaugural appearance in a fortnight’s time—had gone well, if overly long. Farmers, cheesemongers, bakers, cider and perry makers, and a host of other food producers had attended so that we could talk through the last details. I glanced at my watch—just gone eleven. My God, don’t these people have homes to go to?

A small woman in the front row raised her hand.

“Julia, have you heard from Health and Safety yet? Our equipment must pass inspection before I begin, and if I don’t start soon, I won’t have enough supply to hand out the free samples at the market, let alone for the grand opening of the shop.”

“Right, Helen, I’ll ring them tomorrow and secure an appointment.” Helen Dunne, proprietor of the village’s first sweets shop, Sugar for My Honey, looked as if she’d never popped a toffee in her entire life, but all of us at the Tourist Information Center had tasted her confections and given her top marks. I, for one, was particularly looking forward to her CocoJava fudge, although my co-workers, Vesta Widdersham and Willow Wynn-Finch, leaned toward the rose-and-lemon Turkish delights.

A clattering of metal folding chairs lifted my heart, as I thought everyone else had finally had enough, too, and had begun to pack it in. But instead of preparing to leave, the crowd pulled back to watch two farmers go at each other like bulls.

“You’ll never get away with it!” the short one shouted, as he threw a punch that made contact with a crunch.
“I’ll not let you steal what I’ve worked my entire life for,” the taller one responded, although thickly, as he covered his nose with one hand. He flew at the first man, they tumbled to the ground, and the pummeling continued.

“Stop it!” I shouted at them. “Stop it this instant!” I ran to them and took hold of the first one I could reach, grabbing the collar of his sweater and wrenching him back hard enough that I heard him gag. We both stumbled into the crowd, and I felt someone catch me before I landed on my bum. I let go of the one farmer and placed myself between them, pointing a finger at each to keep them still.

Bloody asparagus growers. The two of them had been bickering with each other for the past month about who had the right to call himself King of Suffolk Asparagus. I’d tried arbitration, but it hadn’t worked, and I’d had enough.

The little one jumped up as if to continue the scuffle, and the taller one flinched.

“Stop it, the pair of you,” I warned, “or you’ll both be banned from the market from day one.”

“On whose say?” the taller one asked as he wiped a trickle of blood off his lip. “This is the Fotheringill estate, and you’re only the tourist manager.”

“On my say, with the full backing of Lord Fotheringill, as you well know. Shall I ring him now and we’ll just verify that?” I whipped my phone out of my pocket and wiggled it in front of their faces. “Go on, try me—you know I’ll do it.”

The crowd held its breath. I could see Willow off to the side, her eyes wide. At last, the two farmers stuck their hands into the pockets of their grimy denims. Both shrugged.

“Right,” I said, blowing my bangs out of my eyes and straightening my cardigan. “Now, we’ll have no more of this. You two behave, or you’ll find yourselves peddling your spears at the side of the road in Shimpling.”

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Every Trick in the Rook (Birds of a Feather Mystery Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the stories this author tells! Just the right amount of intrigue, romance and I honestly have developed a strong desire to visit England after reading her series. When I'm outdoors. I've taken a keener interest in birds. It'amazing to read, get into a page-turner and coincidentally pick up so much knowledge! More books, please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read every book by Marty Wingate, and as always, truly enjoyed this book. Her characters are well developed and I always feel like I'm reading about a friend that I know well. I love the little village where these stories are centered and wish I could spend the day at the Lord's estate with all the characters from the book!
GratefulGrandma 4 months ago
I enjoyed the first two books in this series quite a bit so was looking forward to finally having the time to read this one. Unfortunately, this one did not live up to the first two. The best part of this story was the rook, Alphie who assists in solving the murder. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad story, just not a great one. Julia's ex-husband, Nick turns up dead on the summer resort in the village where she lives and works. Why was he there? Did Julia meet with him? Why was he trying to get a hold of both Julia and Michael, her boyfriend? There were a lot of questions, red herrings and drama in this story. When Michael is questioned about the murder, he decides it would be best for Julia if he moved out, this was something both Julia and I wondered about. Julia is not so much a sleuth in this book but a good observer. She ends up putting herself in a bad situation (we expect that in a cozy, right?) due to her nosiness, but all turns out well in the end. I did not suspect the killer until near the end of the book, but then it became pretty obvious. I will read the next book in this series, because I know how good they can be, unfortunately, this was not the best in the series.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
LOVED it! Every Trick in the Rook by author Marty Wingate (@martywingate) takes us back to the quaint English village of Smeaton-under-Lyme, and unfortunately for our heroine Julia Lanchester her ex-husband, Nick Hawkins, has been murdered on the Fotheringill estate whilst Julia and Michael are off on a weekend getaway. To add to Julia's distress, both Vesta and Willow are away, and she must manage the TIC all by herself, as well as helping her famous father with his television show, all while trying to discover the murderer. Oh, and did I mention Alfie, the very clever rook?!? :-) Another wonderful installment in the Birds of a Feather mysteries, and if you haven't started this series yet, and are a fan of cozy mysteries, I highly recommend it.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Julia finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. Her ex-husband is dead. She is determined to figure out who killed him. Journalists in her face, her boyfriend leaving her alone, birds helping her out, and threats to her well being did not stop her. I found it hard to stop reading as I enjoyed how Julia stumbled her way through everything and realized that she could not do this alone. I look forward to more from this author. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Marty Wingate's Every Trick in the Rook Let's visit Smeaton-under-Lyme, a lovely English town where Julia Lanchester the daughter of the famous birder, Rupert Lanchester lives with her boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick. Michael is Julia's father personal assistant. Julia manages the town's Fotheringill estate tourist center Julia and Michael are off on a holiday when they get a call to return to the village. They both had gotten an email from Nick Hawkins, Julia's ex-husband. Both ignored the emails planning to attend to them upon their return. Their vacation is interpreted, calling them back to town. A dead body has surfaced on the grounds of the Fotheringill estate. The body is Nick Hawkins!!! He has been stabbed to death!!! The star of the book is rook, named Alfie. He was found as a fledgling then raised by a young girl named Tennyson. Alfie is essential in solving the murder!! Great cast of characters with an array of suspects. All the characters were well-developed, colorful, some quirky but each bringing their own flavor to the mix. Mix together birding, danger, intrigue, mystery, a well plotted book with humor plus romance and this cozy mystery gives you a captivating read. This is book # 3 in A Bird of a Feather Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone. I volunteered to read this eBook. Thank you to Alibis via Net Gallery for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
Bookaholic_Cindy More than 1 year ago
This is book #3 in the Birds of a Feather series. I haven't read the first two but plan to do so since I enjoyed this one so much. The setting of the story was a small village in Britain that I'd love to visit. The author brings the village and its people to life. When Julia's ex-husband was found murdered, the press descended like vultures after Julia and her boyfriend, Michael. My favorite characters in this book were a little girl, Tennyson, and her pet rook, Alfie! A bit quirky but lots of fun! I love birds and this was one smart bird who actually helped solve the mystery. I would recommend any of Marty Wingate's cozy mysteries. * I was provided an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley. This review is voluntary.
jcmonson More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Birds of a Feather cozy mystery series by Marty Wingate. I have read a book from Marty's other series, Potting Shed Mystery, but this is my first book from this series. I thought this was an enjoyable little mystery. The setting, a small English village, was great. I loved the look at life in a small village. It seems so nice and cozy. Julia Lanchester is trying to go on a weekend getaway with her boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick. Her father is Rupert Lanchester, a famous ornithologist, and Michael works as his assistant. Unfortunately, their holiday is cut short when the dead body of Julia's ex husband turns up at the estate where she works. Julia has to contend with suspicion falling on her and Michael, as well as aggressive tabloid journalists bent on making her life hell. This was a nice book. The bird facts were interesting. I really liked the introduction of the young girl, Tennyson, and her rook, Alfie. A rook is a large bird, like a raven, and Alfie is very smart. He ends up playing a role in solving the mystery. This is not the best cozy mystery I have read, but it is an enjoyable way to spend an evening. I received a free ARC from NetGalley
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from the publisher in connection with NetGalley in return for my review. Copyright © 2017 Laura Hartman Julia Lanchester is juggling work and her personal life just like many of us do. She is excited to get away from the tourist bureau for a weekend with her boyfriend Michael. Things have been busy for her, planning events in and around the Fotheringill estate, the most popular place to visit in the village. She and Michael head out and disconnect from everything for a wonderful few days. They spot unusual birds and enjoy each other until the hotel notifies her of an urgent phone call The news opens the cage on crazy – turning a relaxing weekend into an abrupt return to reality. Julia’s ex-husband has been found murdered. Even worse, he was on the Fotheringill property. Why has he returned to a place he didn’t like from the isolated island he retreated to when they divorced? The local constable has questions for Michael and Julia, surely they are not suspects! They are questioned and released, but Julia is warned to keep her nose out of the investigation. She has good intentions, but just can’t seem to let the questions about her ex-husband’s arrival and murder go. Will this put her in the crosshairs of the killer? Wingate spins a great cozy mystery. It has all the elements that keep loyal cozy readers interested and turning pages. This series is exceedingly interesting to nature and bird lovers. One of my favorite characters is avian – a super smart rook named Alfie. He flies in and out of the plot at the most interesting times. The little girl he lives with is also very interesting. Her name, Tennyson, is as complex and fascinating as the child. I hope both of them show up in later books. This is the third book in The Birds of a Feather Mystery series. It works perfectly well as a stand-alone mystery as I have not read the previous two books in the series. I did read one of Wingate’s Potting Shed Mysteries and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries or mysteries in general, I highly recommend checking out one or both of Marty Wingate’s series. I am willing to bet you will come back for more.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
Once again an entertaining and engrossing story set in England. The Rook of the title is a smart and capable character. As a bird it is more intelligent than many of the people involved. The story revolves around a murder on the Lord's estate, and the impact on Julia and her romance. First of all, it is a good murder mystery with lots of clues and potential. Then again it is a great tale of many eccentric English people and how they interact. The whole process of solving the crime is fascinating and fun.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Every Trick in the Rook is the second book I've read in this series by Marty Wingate. Julia Lanchester is a great character. Her colorful personality adds a fun twist to the series. I loved the addition of Tennyson and Alfie to the series. They add a quirky touch to book and it truly makes it a fun read. Julia is settling into her life, however, when a murder strikes close to home, literally, it sends her life into a downward spiral. Separating from her boyfriend Michael is too much to bear, leaving her no choice but to actively investigate. Before long, Julia is discovering secrets and soon finds herself face to face with the killer. I enjoyed every minute of this book. The author captivated me with the different twists and turns, making this book impossible to put down. I voluntarily read an Arc of the book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Julia Lanchester is the manager for the local tourist office in her charming British village. Her boyfriend, Michael, is busy as a personal assistant to Julia’s father, an ornithologist. Julia and Michael decide to take a weekend vacation. When Julia’s ex-husband is murdered, and Michael is seen near the scene of the crime, the press descends and truth takes a backseat to the lies the press publishes. Michael decides to leave hoping the press will leave Julia alone. Can Julia find the truth before Michael is arrested on the basis of lies? This was a good mystery with great characters and a beautiful setting. I thought the character Alfie was quirky, yet endearing. What turned me off was the plot took too many pages to complete. I figured out who the culprit was before the big reveal. I was finished with the book before the book was finished with itself. But, if you like mysteries about bird lovers set in the English countryside, this may be for you. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Every Trick in the Rook by Marty Wingate is the third in Ms. Wingate's A Birds of a Feather mystery series and was a great addition to this series. Although it is the third in the series, I do believe that it could be read as a standalone as Ms. Wingate makes sure to give a little of each character's backstory in this book. Ms. Wingate introduced three new characters to the village, Gwen, her daughter Tennyson and Alfie, Tennyson's rook. I adored Alfie and enjoyed learning about rooks. it was fun to see Alfie play a major role in discovering the killer. The pace of the plot was steady with a liberal amount of clues sprinkled about as I read. I was shocked that I actually guessed correctly who the murderer was before the reveal because I almost never figure that out with one of Ms. Wingate's books. The characters are developing well and it was enjoyable getting to know them better in this book. I would love to visit the village and meet all of these delightful characters. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Alibi via NetGalley.