Title: Die, Die Birdie
Series: A Bird Lover’s Mystery #1
Author: J.R. Ripley
Publish Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Source: Book Tour/Netgalley
About the Book:
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!
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book or not. The cover wasn’t something I’d typically choose, the description sounded interesting enough and so when I saw it was a first book in a new series I requested to do a review for the tour. I’m very glad I did. This book quickly grabbed my attention right off and even though the author had several things to description, he did not bore with too much detail.
There were a lot of characters in this book. Sometimes I had a hard time keeping track, but did okay through it and trying to guess the killer. My favorite character did end up being the pesky tenant that came with the property when Amy bought it. She definitely added to the story and the mysteries happening at the bird shop.
Ruby Lake sounds interesting and not too small. I loved the diner across the street and would love to stop and eat there sometime if it was possible. Amy was a great main character and her ease of sliding into investigating the crimes was enjoyable. As any sleuth she did find herself in trouble and many predicaments, but I liked how all of this was woven into the story.
Overall this was a great book and I’m excited to read the next installment!!