Starting a new business is stressful enough without being suspected of murder. But that is exactly what Amy Simms is facing after finding a dead body in the storage room of her soon-to-open shop, Birds & Bees. As if the shock weren’t enough, Amy’s nosy neighbor tenant (who I actually kind of came to love by the end of the book!) quickly points an accusatory finger in Amy’s direction . . . in front of the Chief of Police, of course.
Determined to clear her name and open her business as planned, Amy and her best friend and business partner, Kim, set out to solve the mystery. Who was the man in her storage room? Why was he there? And why is Kim looking guilty? Along the way, Amy faces off with the town’s police chief (a man she very briefly dated in high school – much to her continuing regret), a philandering lawyer, a leaking roof, a crumbling foundation, and a stranger shacking up in her attic.
Die, Die Birdie is an entertaining and engaging mystery. Amy and Kim are spunky and witty – qualities I especially appreciate in narrator Amy. Her voice lends the perfect mix of humor, snark, and intelligence to the story. Fact-paced and funny, with a beguiling mystery to solve, Die, Die Birdie sets a high standard for this new cozy series.
Die, Die Birdie
• New Series
• Publisher: Kensington – Lyrical Underground
• (August 16, 2016)
•Paperback: 200 pages
• 288 Pages
• ASIN: B018CGZ1J8
For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?
It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom-or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . .
Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy’s delving into the victim’s ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . before she ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends-trapped behind bars!
About the Author
J.R. Ripley is the pen name of Glenn Meganck, the critically acclaimed author of the Tony Kozol mystery series. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he has chaired the Edgar committee for Best Original Paperback novel and served on the Best Short Story Committee. As a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, he has served on the Hammett Award committee for Best Novel. When not writing books, Glenn is writing songs, often singing them to the consternation of his audience and neighbors, or involved in one of his many passions, none of which have involved any of the dead bodies that seem to keep cropping up in his mysteries. For more information about him, visit glennmeganck.com.
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