Friday, April 20, 2018


Farewell, My Cuckoo: A Birds of a Feather Mystery by Marty Wingate

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series
Alibi (April 10, 2018) 
Print Length: Approximately 300 pages 

Julia Lanchester must defend her love nest from an invasive species: her boyfriend’s sister. And then there’s the little matter of murder . . . “The cuckoo comes in April and sings its song in May. In June it changes tune and July it flies away.” Wedding bells are ringing in the small British village of Smeaton-under-Lyme. Julia Lanchester’s second-in-command at the local tourist center is finally getting married, and the lovebirds are giving Julia and her live-in boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick, ideas about their own future. But before anyone can say “Will you,” Michael’s flighty older sister, Pammy, crashes the party, fresh off a breakup and lugging all her worldly possessions around with her in a tangle of plastic bags. Before long, Julia’s cozy cottage starts feeling more like Pammy’s bachelorette pad. To keep herself from going cuckoo, Julia throws herself into her pet projects at work—until death disrupts her plans. First a body is found on the estate. Then the police discover that Pammy was the last one to see the man alive. And soon Julia gets the feeling that if she ever wants her home—or her boyfriend—back, she’ll have to get to the bottom of this mystery, even if it means breaking a few eggs.  

 Weddings bring family together and make others think in terms of happily ever after.
When standing up for the happy couple, Julia's thoughts turn to when Michael is going to pop her own big question moment. She is sure he is ready. And when the moment is right... the trouble is, all the "right moments" seem to be interrupted.
The main roadblock is a sister who shows up on the doorstep, a SMALL doorstep, might I mention, and says she just needs a place for the night, or two. It seems Michael is the only friend or family who has not caught on to Pammy's ways.
Trying to stay out of the way and keep peace in her own household, Julia spends much time anywhere BUT home. She is busy at work, helps others out at work and with planning a neighborhood contest. While out and about, Julia is in the wrong place at the right time, finding herself involved in a murder.

Red herrings and misidentites keep the reader and the locals guessing about what is going on and what will happen next. 

About the Author

  Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based writer and speaker who shares her love of Britain in her two mystery series. The Potting Shed books feature Pru Parke, a middle-aged American gardener transplanted from Texas to England, and Birds of a Feather follows Julia Lanchester, bird lover, who runs a tourist office in a Suffolk village.
Marty writes garden articles for magazines including Country Gardens and the American Gardener. She is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Crime Writers Association. She leads garden tours to England, Scotland, and Ireland, spending free moments deep in research for her books. Or in pubs.
 Marty Wingate’s captivating mysteries can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order: The Birds of a Feather series: THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE | EMPTY NEST | EVERY TRICK IN THE ROOK | FAREWELL, MY CUCKOO The Potting Shed series: THE GARDEN PLOT | THE RED BOOK OF PRIMROSE HOUSE | BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE | THE SKELETON GARDEN | THE BLUEBONNET BETRAYAL | BEST-LAID PLANTS

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