Bubby: With The Rhyme of the Magpie, Marty Wingate begins an all-new series starring Julia Lanchester, a tourist manager in the picturesque village of Smeaton-under-Lyme. Julia’s trying to distance herself from her famous father and his hit BBC 2 nature show, A Bird In The Hand. All she wants is a quiet life introducing tourists to the many joys of her little village, but alas, murder and mayhem wait in the wings.
Sissy: Julia is stubborn and emotional (understandable under the circumstances) and sometimes makes impulsive decisions whilst trying to find her missing father. Enter Michael, her father’s new assistant, who is the perfect calm and logical foil to Julia’s impetuousness. Plus he is attractive, and finds Julia to be intriguing…hmmm. The cast of characters inhabiting Smeaton-under-Lyme (I’m obsessed like a fan-girl with English village names!) fill out and make this tale quirky and enjoyable. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the underlying themes of bird watching, eco-habitats, and environmentalism. All in all quite entertaining and fast-paced.
Bubby: Donna Andrews has written (at last count) 18 high-flying mysteries revolving around Meg Langslow and her eccentric family in the college town of Caerphilly. The series begins with Murder With Peacocks and book 19, Lord of the Wings (yes, she is clever like that) comes out August 4th. I’ve already pre-ordered it as I own the other 18 and must maintain my collection!
Sissy: And I’ve read Bubby’s 18 and will steal 19 (from her) on August 5th. What a great free service you provide for me dear sister! Anyway, the best part about the Meg Lanslow series is the wacky family members she has, who come out of the woodwork randomly and seem to number in the thousands. One standout is her brother Rob, who developed a multi-million dollar game (Lawyers from Hell or something like that) while he was supposed to be studying for the bar exam. Why can’t you do something like that, Bubby, and pay me exorbitant amounts for lighting your scented candles, unwrapping your chocolates for you, and being your best sister?
Bubby: You wish, Sissy! I should get paid for just putting up with your book-thieving ways! Now back to the point–Whether it’s endangered birds in the English countryside or stolen penguins in Meg Langslow’s cellar, these two series are perfect for everyone, whether you’re a bird lover or allergic to feathers!
Click HERE to buy The Rhyme of the Magpie by Marty Wingate
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