Birds of a Feather Mystery4 titles in series
The Rhyme of the Magpie Publisher's Summary
The high-flying new Birds of a Feather mystery series from best-selling author Marty Wingate begins as a British woman gets caught up in a dangerous plot when her celebrity father disappears.
With her personal life in disarray, Julia Lanchester feels she has no option but to quit her job on her father's hit BBC Two nature show, A Bird in the Hand. Accepting a tourist management position in Smeaton-under-Lyme, a quaint village in the English countryside, Julia throws herself into her new life, delighting sightseers (and a local member of the gentry) with tales of ancient Romans and pillaging Vikings.
But the past is front and center when her father Rupert tracks her down in a moment of desperation. Julia refuses to hear him out; his quick remarriage after her mother's death was one of the reasons Julia flew the coop. But later, she gets a distressed call from her new stepmum: Rupert has gone missing.
Julia decides to investigate - she owes him that much, at least - and her father's new assistant, the infuriatingly dapper Michael Sedgwick, offers to help. Little does the unlikely pair realize that awaiting them is a tightly woven nest of lies and murder.