3.5 out of 5 actually. What do you get when you cross murder with theatrics and bird watching? Mayhem and madness! This is a very well-written book. I really enjoyed the story line and the setting in this book. Ruby Lake sounds like a lovely small town. I wouldn't mind visiting it or even living there if it wasn't fictional! The story line of the actress, the play in town, trying to save the town theater, and Amy still somehow run the birdwatching supply store made for a compelling plot. It was well-written and I had no idea who the villain was until it was revealed, which is always a plus in my opinion. In fact, I was totally off on another tangent and didn't foresee the villain as the villain at all until it was revealed! Nevertheless, I did not care for the characters much. I felt like Amy didn't have much of a backbone and that she took far too many chances. I felt that Kim was far too overbearing and overstepped her boundaries many, many times, without Amy sticking up for herself and saying "no". I don't mind amateur sleuths who pass information on to the police because of things they hear about in their jobs or while out and about in town. I don't mind amateur sleuths who attempt to talk about the crime with people in the town in hopes of eliciting clues. I do mind amateur sleuths who deliberately take chances that they really don't need to take. I do mind amateur sleuths who think they're smarter than the police and seek to upstage the police by solving the crimes themselves. Amy, I feel, falls into this latter category. Some of the chances she takes in this book are ludicrous to me. I just could not like her and her antics. However, don't let this discourage you from reading the book. It is very well-written and has a great plot to it. I didn't care for it only because of my preferences when it comes to amateur sleuths, not because it was a horrible story. If you don't mind your characters taking what seem like unnecessary chances, you will probably enjoy the book! ** I received an eBook copy from NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.**
Towhee Get Your Gun by J.R. Ripley is the second book in A Bird Lover’s Mystery series. Amy Simms is the owner of Birds and Bees in Ruby Lake, North Carolina. After having a frustrating discussion ...