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Die, Die Birdie

(A Bird Lover's Mystery #1)

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For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?
 
It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledgling owner from stocking her shelves. A
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Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Lyrical Underground
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Tina
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a different and interesting concept for a cozy mystery series for Bird and nature fans alike. The cover caught my eye with the cute little blue I love birds and the birdhouse and being a bird fan and watcher I wanted to read Die, Die Birdie.

Amy Simms loves nature and all things birds, she is gearing up for the grand opening of her store, Birds and Bees in her new home/business she purchased from Gertie Hammer. Matt Kowalski is found by Amy and her best friend and assistant, Kim
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Patricia Romero
The first book in the Bird Lover's Mysteries finds Amy Simms getting ready to open her store, Birds & Bees, on the ground level of an old Victorian house that has seen better days.

With her mother and best friend, Kim, helping her finance this new adventure, Amy has a cantankerous tenant on the second floor, along with an empty apartment and she and her mother have taken over the third floor.

But when the old lady upstairs finds Amy in the dark of night standing over a dead man ho
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Betty
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, e-books, cozy
A new author for me and the first book in the Bird Lovers series. I found a will written cosy mystery. The characters are well developed, bird information factual and an original mystery that held my attention. Amy Simms and others have purchased an old run down Victorian house to open a store selling birds and bees supplies. The grand opening is scheduled for the weekend. Amy returning from purchasing supplies for the store finds the body of a stranger in a darkened room. She picks up the murde ...more
Jill
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I believe this is going to be an enjoyable series. I love the theme and the area this is based on. Hometown, everyone knows everyone kind of setting. The main character, Amy, could have been a bit smarter when purchasing the building for her business, but then again, the book would have taken a whole different turn. Looking forward to the next.
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
This is the first book in the Bird Lover's Mysteries, it's a good start. Amy is opening a store that is devoted to the birds and the bees. Amy has the unfortunate chance of stumbling on a dead body in the store room of her shop and is suspected of murder. It doesn't help her when her nosy tenant finds her holding the bloody knife and the chief of police is her ex-boyfriend. Amy searches for clues that will lead to the killer before she's locked up in a cage.

I thought this was a pretty good star
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Patty
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Die, Die Birdie by J. R. Ripley is the 1st book in A Bird Lover's Mystery series, and my first book by this author. I am not a bird enthusiast, but I really enjoyed this book. Amy Simms is opening a new store Birds & Bees, with the help of her mother, and her best friend, but things keep going wrong. The biggest problem is finding a dead body.

This book has more twists and turns, that kept me reading page after page. Just when I thought I was on the right track, I realize I wasn't. I found t
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Sarah
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book in a brand new cozy series and it's a good start.

The main characters are fun and quirky, some are annoying and aggravating and some grow on you over the course of the book.

Lots of information about birds and a little about bees but not enough to distract from the story, just to move it on a little.

I enjoyed the mystery, the town is described wonderfully and the characters are well written.

I'll be keeping my eye out for more in this serie
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Ryan
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cozy mystery that doesn't disappoint

This is the first book in a cozy mystery series that I discovered. It has a different niche and theme, but didn't disappoint. In Die, Die Birdie, Amy Simms is a thirtysomething brunette who decides she's going to open up a shop for bird wathers/enthusiasts, beekeepers, and nature lovers/gardeners,. She leaves being her cushy, comfortable job and life in Chapel Hill and returns to her hometown of Ruby Lake, buys a old Victorian house and turns it into her ho
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Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell
For the start of a new cozy mystery series, I have to say this was a great book to begin with. Unlike other cozy mysteries, this one immediately plunges into the mystery. As Amy returns home late one night, she discovers the lights aren’t working and as she tries to make her way around, she unwillingly stumbles over the body of a dead man. Of course, she happens to pick up the murder weapon just before the old crone who rents from her, catches her
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Kathleen
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Die, Die Birdie, the first book in the Bird Lover's Mystery series, author J.R. Ripley weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that follows the amateur sleuth adventures of Bird & Bees shop owner Amy Simms, when she unexpectedly finds herself a suspect in the murder of Matt Kowalski, who she found dead in her storage room.

Set in the southern town of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, Amy has returned to her hometown and is a few days away from opening Birds & Bees, a birding supply
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RO G'ma
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Die, Die Birdie is the debut book in J. R. Ripley’s Bird Lover’s Mysteries series. This is a fun cozy, with a good plot, and well developed, quirky characters. The story moved at a decent pace, with a few twists and turns, lots of mishaps, and humor. I’m looking forward to reading future installments in this series.

Amy Simms purchased an old three-story Victorian Queen Anne-style house in Ruby Lake, North Carolina. She lives on the third floor with her mother, has one cantankerous te
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Ian
First in a New series.

For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?

It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With loca
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Debbie
I actually would give this a 3 1/2 star. This has the good bones for a series, I think the characters need a little developing. They have conversations but I never really felt a connection between any of them. Amy comes across as ditzy at times but her saving grace is that she is likable. I noticed that there were very few redeeming qualities on any of the men in this cozy, except one and he's sort of shoved to the side. The mystery was good, I didn't figure it out, there seems to be another sto ...more
Mary
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Another TSTL heroine

I wish there was a subcategory for cozy mysteries: Heroines who are too stupid to live! The main character of this book goes alone into dark attics wearing night clothes when she hears strange noises - more than once - and after finding a murder victim in her house. All this book needed was a chainsaw and cheesy music . I did wonder for about a minute whether this was intended to be a take off on cozy mysteries but decided it wasn't . None of the characters in this book are
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Lin
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it
When opening a new store, you know you are going to have some glitches; but murder? Well, Amy Simms didn’t expect that when she opened her “Birds and Bees” store in Ruby Lake.

When the murdered man is identified, there is hardly anyone in town that is not a suspect. Somehow Amy is the #1 suspect because she had a not so favorable history with the victim.

Can Amy get herself off the suspect list, deal with a nasty renter and open the store in time?

Good read!
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DelAnne Frazee
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Die Die Birdie - Bird Lover's Mystery Book 1
Author: J R Ripley
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: 8-16-2016
Pages: 202
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Cozy Mystery; Women's Fiction
ISBN: 97816901838308
ASIN: B018CGZ1J8
Reviewed For NetGalley and Kensington Books
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.25 Stars


For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exac
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Lynne
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read that this book was about someone who opens a store that sells birdseed and birdfeeders and other things that a birder might need, I thought "great, I'm going to like this book." Instead I got the usual somebody in this case Amy the owner of the store Birds and Bees, discovering a dead body in their home. Amy notifies the police Chief Jerry Kennedy who of course is positive that since Amy found the body she of course is the killer. Amy takes it upon herself to investigate the murder a ...more
Ruth
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well that was fun.
A nice start to a series which I will certainly continue. Bird watching, small towns, best friends, and nosy neighbors all add up to an entertaining read. Non-birders and bee keepers will feel welcome to stumble along with Amy, her buddy Kim, and her mom, though I warn you, you might walk away thinking a new birdhouse might be just the thing for your deck/yard.

I like Amy's spirit and her cohort of friends, family, and neighborhood scoundrels. Her penchant for cookies is lauda
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Emily
Nov 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF. I almost never bother rating or reviewing a book I DNF but I have to say something about this. A character that is set up as a major player and possible love interest is given two different last names even within the same chapter. Stays with the second name for several pages, then goes back. This is just plain incompetence and doesn’t even require a good editor, just basic read through for errors. If a writer can’t take the time to pick up on a major error like this, I can’t take the time t ...more
Judith Post
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I tripped over the first chapter. It almost felt forced, but once I got used to the author's humor, it added to the story for me. The mystery was solid, and I liked the characters in the story. I even liked that the author added a little surprise at the end (even though I think most readers probably guessed it way ahead of time). There wasn't a lot of birding going on, which I guess I sort of expected, but the bird analogies were fun.
VickiLee
Amy Sims just wants to make her business a success but she seems to be tripping over dead men, and that throws her groove off. The story is amusing and light-hearted in spite of the murders happening.
aem
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
A bit boring and not particularly interesting main characters
Nancy Hollmaier
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Editing confusing with character names, or something was missed inthe plot
Ann Oni
DNF; not for me. Stopped in the first chapter. Again with a book with the main protag disparaging other people, particularly women. No thanks.
Joanne
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book so much that I bought #s 2,3,4, and 5.
Portia
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Just an ok mystery with a fairly annoying main character.
Joseph
A nice premise and good characters, but needs a little work when it comes to the mystery.
VALERIE
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was cute!
Annina
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
first book inthe Birds Lovers Series by J R Ripley. It's a great start into the series.
Kristina
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2016
Die, Die Birdie by J.R. Ripley is the first book in A Bird Lover’s Mystery series. Amy Simms is opening Birds and Bees in Ruby Lake, North Carolina in a beautiful old Victorian home. It is a shop that will have bird supplies, apiary gear and supplies, and other items related nature such as gardening items. Amy is hoping to open her shop soon if only her supplies will arrive. Amy has the shop on the first floor, apartments on the second floor (with a grandfathered in renter), and Amy lives on the ...more
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