Astor + Blue link A Rant of Ravens
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Description: After her marriage fails New York marketing exec Rachel Stanhope agrees to house-sit her aunt's bird habitat in Colorado. Between fighting of her aunt's pet bird and tip toeing through the woods looking for a rare bird Rachel unexpectedly stumbles across a dead body. Even worse it's the body of a man she heard having an argument with just a few days earlier.
Why I Picked This Book: I thought the premise sound intriguing. I don't know that much about birdwatching and I like cozies that give me a peek into different hobbies and interests.
Pro: This was an interesting mystery. I liked that Rachel was new to the birdwatching and bird rescue field so that we learned along with her. The information on the birds was fascinating and I frequently found myself looking up different birds to see what they look like. I don't see myself ever going on a birdwatching expedition but it was interesting all the same. The mystery was compelling and I definitely kept turning the pages to see what happened next. There were lots of twists and turns and while I guess the who (I read a lot of mysteries so I'm generally surprised if I DON'T guess the who) but all the whys were interesting. I'm not normally a big fan of a really hostile character but I thought Gertie was well used. She obviously detested Rachel and Aunt Miriam but she was used just enough to be almost a devil's advocate and a counter-argument but not used so much that she got annoying.
Con: While I found all the bird information interesting I got a little restless with the paragraphs about the different legislation. Some of the descriptions got a little detailed and technical. Also, Rachel's behavior bordered on TSTL. She confronts people and snoops in places she most definitely shouldn't.
Overall: While not perfect this was an interesting mystery that kept me reading and guessing the outcome.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes, I'd like to see what happens to Rachel next.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, I think most mystery readers would enjoy this.
Challenges Met? New To Me (Author)