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Every Trick in the Rook

(Birds of a Feather Mystery #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Julia Lanchester’s perch is knocked askew when murder hits a little too close to home in this delightful cozy mystery.

Julia Lanchester is flying high. She’s nesting with her boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick, and she’s found her niche as manager of the tourist center in her picturesque British village. Thanks to all her hard work, visitors are up—way up. Her reward is an even m
Published March 7th 2017
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Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Welcome to the latest chapter in the trials and tribulations of Julia Lanchester, otherwise known as the Birds of a Feather series.

I put it that way because Julia’s very amateur mystery solving keeps getting itself tied up in Julia’s romantic life as well as Julia’s relationship with her famous father, Rupert Lanchester. Rupert just happens to be a well-known ornithologist (read bird watcher) on the BBC, and producing his weekly TV program used to be Julia’
Ivonne Rovira
Jan 27, 2017 added it
Recommends it for: diehard Wingate fans only
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
I’ve loved both of Marty Wingate’s Birds of a Feather cozies, The Rhyme of the Magpie and Empty Nest; however, Every Trick in the Rook simply didn’t measure up to the first two. It just seemed so contrived. Julia Lanchester, tourism director at Smeaton-under-Lyme, Suffolk, has been happy with both her job and her live-in boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick. Unfortunately, Julia’s ex-husband, gone for five years, turns up one day and gets killed at the estate where she works. The gutter press focuses att ...more
Linda Baker
Julia Lanchester is happily settled into her newly refurbished cottage with her boyfriend, Michael Sedgewick. Both are thriving in their jobs, Michael as personal assistant to Julia's celebrity TV ornithologist father, and Julia as the tourist manager for the Fotheringill estate. The problem is that they are both working every available hour. On the eve of taking off on a getaway weekend, both Julia and Michael receive a cryptic email from Julia's ex-husband, Nick Hawkins, asking for a meeting. ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
Marty Wingate has done it and this edition this is as good as the previous books Julia Lanchester and Michael Sedgwick both receive emails from Julia ex-husband that he wanted to see them. Before they can meet her ex is murder on the estate. Michael becomes a person of interest. The smut journalists begin to printed nasty stories accusing them of killing her ex. The harassment is hard to handle. Michael decides to leave hoping the journalists will leave Julia alone. She tries to handle both her ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, 2017-netgalley
This is book #3 in the Birds of a Feather series. I haven't read the first two but plan to do so since I enjoyed this one so much.

The setting of the story was a small village in Britain that I'd love to visit. The author brings the village and its people to life. When Julia's ex-husband was found murdered, the press descended like vultures after Julia and her boyfriend, Michael.

My favorite characters in this book were a little girl, Tennyson, and her pet rook, Alfie! A bit quirky but lots of fu
Carolyn Injoy
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every Trick in the Rook: A Birds of a Feather Mystery by Marty Wingate is an enjoyable cozy mystery. I thought Alfie, the rook was enchanting and the story kept me guessing. I gave it four stars.

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Random House Publishing Group - Alibi and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

It is in pre-order status until March 7, 2017, so I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the third in the series, but the first I have read.
I really enjoyed the characters, the setting and the whodunit.
This is a well written book and I will seek out the previous two books, and look forward to reading more with these characters.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Every Trick in the Rook by Marty Wingate is the third in Ms. Wingate's A Birds of a Feather mystery series and was a great addition to this series. Although it is the third in the series, I do believe that it could be read as a standalone as Ms. Wingate makes sure to give a little of each character's backstory in this book.

Ms. Wingate introduced three new characters to the village, Gwen, her daughter Tennyson and Alfie, Tennyson's rook. I adored Alfie and enjoyed learning about rooks. it was fun
Lisa Morin
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every Trick in the Rook is the second book I've read in this series by Marty Wingate.
Julia Lanchester is a great character. Her colorful personality adds a fun twist to the series.
I loved the addition of Tennyson and Alfie to the series.
They add a quirky touch to book and it truly makes it a fun read.
Julia is settling into her life, however, when a murder strikes close to home, literally, it sends her life into a downward spiral.
Separating from her boyfriend Michael is too much to bear, leaving
Nicole Doll
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very charming story! I absolutely loved it from start to finish. The setting and characters were delightful. It is definitely a must read book! I can't wait for the next story in this series!
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Marty Wingate's Every Trick In the Rook was the best British cozy mystery I have read in a while. I liked the characters and the story line moved right along. The common theme of birds and the antics of Alfie made this story more fun. I would definitely read another Marty Wingate mystery.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I enjoyed the first two books in this series quite a bit so was looking forward to finally having the time to read this one. Unfortunately, this one did not live up to the first two. The best part of this story was the rook, Alphie who assists in solving the murder. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad story, just not a great one.

Julia's ex-husband, Nick turns up dead on the summer resort in the village where she lives and works. Why was he there? Did Julia meet with him? Why was he trying to get
Let's visit Smeaton-under-Lyme, a lovely English town
where Julia Lanchester the daughter of the famous birder,
Rupert Lanchester lives with her boyfriend, Michael
Sedgwick. Michael is Julia's father personal assistant.
Julia manages the town's Fotheringill estate tourist center
Julia and Michael are off on a holiday when they get a call
to return to the village. They both had gotten an email
from Nick Hawkins, Julia's ex-husband. Both ignored the
emails planning to attend to them upon their retu
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Follow the Rook

Julia Lancaster's ex husband, who left her years ago to live in virtual seclusion has turned up dead on the estate.
With her new boyfriend Michael the chief suspect, Julia has decided to "help" the police because even though they don't believe Michael did it, every thing points to him.
When Julia makes friends with Tennyson and her pet rook Alfie it seems that Alfie has all the answers.

Somehow along the way Marty Wingate has been able to give the birds in her books the same great p
Laurie Way
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great fun! I could not wait to continue reading about the characters in the series and this did not disappoint. A solid mystery to solve and the addition of a crafty bird who helps the main characters solve the crime. This was very entertaining!
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great cozy mystery in the Birds of a Feather series. As usual Marty Wingate serves up a charming cast of characters and a peaceful idyllic setting in Smeaton.

It would be great if the rook Alfie got his own series.

This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Birds of a Feather cozy mystery series by Marty Wingate. I have read a book from Marty's other series, Potting Shed Mystery, but this is my first book from this series. I thought this was an enjoyable little mystery. The setting, a small English village, was great. I loved the look at life in a small village. It seems so nice and cozy.

Julia Lanchester is trying to go on a weekend getaway with her boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick. Her father is Rupert Lanchester, a famous
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clean-cozy
Julia Lanchester is taking a well-deserved romantic weekend with her boyfriend Michael Sedgwick. They turn off their phones to enjoy nature and time alone, but are interrupted with news that Julia’s ex-husband Nick has been found murdered on the estate where she works as a tourist center manager. The press is relentless to get a story and when Michael becomes a prime suspect, he leaves Julia to protect her, but to Julia it seems like a more permanent “good-bye.” With Michael unavailable, Julia t ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I was lucky enough to receive this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I later found out that this is, I believe number three in the Julia Lancaster series but this did not mar my enjoyment as it works equally well as a stand alone novel.
This is a story based in an English village written by Marty Wingate who is based in Seattle. She obviously loves her subject matter and portrays the village and it's inhabitants very well although, in my experience the only village where the ent
Julia and Michael carve a weekend out of their busy schedules for a "just the two of us" getaway. Their getaway is interrupted by bad news: the body of Julia's ex has been found on the grounds of the estate for which she works. Even though they've had no contact for five years, Julia feels obligated to find out who killed him ... and why.

I've enjoyed the first two books in this series so I was eager to read this one. As usual, while reading this, I felt as if I had been transported to a small vi
LOVED it! Every Trick in the Rook by author Marty Wingate (@martywingate) takes us back to the quaint English village of Smeaton-under-Lyme, and unfortunately for our heroine Julia Lanchester her ex-husband, Nick Hawkins, has been murdered on the Fotheringill estate whilst Julia and Michael are off on a weekend getaway. To add to Julia's distress, both Vesta and Willow are away, and she must manage the TIC all by herself, as well as helping her famous father with his television show, all while t ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holly
Review can be read at It's About The Book

Honestly, the rook sold the book in this new-era cozy by Marty Wingate. The timing was precise, the characters vibrant and alive, and the setting perfectly rural English life. The series has always been good, but for some reason this one struck me in the heart. Some loves are meant to last a lifetime, and others are not. You move on and hopefully find one that sticks.

What happens when a threat comes in the shape of an ex? Disturbing the fault lines of
DelAnne Frazee
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Every Trick in the Rook - Birds of a Feather Mystery Book 3
Author: Marty Wingate
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Published: 3-7-2017
Pages: 251
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Crafts & Hobbies; Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 9780425286210
Reviewed For: NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Julie Lancaster is thrilled with life, a fulfilling challenging job as manager of the tourist center in Smeaton-unde
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Marty Wingate is to be highly commended for the latest in her Birds of a Feather series, ‘Every Trick in the Rook’! I eagerly look forward to new novels in her cozy mystery series, especially this one, as I am a bit partial to birds. I always learn something fascinating in this author’s cozy mysteries.

A mother-daughter family recently moved to town, and the precocious Tennyson, the ten year old daughter visits Julia at the Tourist Information Center after school with Alfie. Alfie is a rook, a bi
Breakaway Reviewers
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
English village skulduggery!

Julia Lanchester, manager of the Tourist Information Centre in Smeaton-under-Lyme in Suffolk, is looking forward to spending some time away with her partner, Michael Sedgwick. Michael works for Julia’s father, Rupert Lanchester, the eminent ornithologist and presenter of BBC 2’s ‘A Bird in the Hand’ show. Michael has also just created the Rupert Lanchester Foundation, whose first grant is soon to be awarded.

Whilst away enjoying some free time with Michael, Julia and h
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book starts off with the main character Julia is trying to go on a vacation with her very busy boy friend Michael who works for her father Rupert Lancaster whom is a ornithologist with his own tv show. The next thing we find out that Julia's ex husband Nick whom is a loner is suddenly found nearby on the same estate where she works. Of course everyone blames her and her boyfriend as a lovers quarrel. In the end we do find out who did it and why. It was a character that did not stand out rig ...more
Grace Koshida
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Julia Lanchester is on a romantic weekend getaway with her boyfriend Michael Sedgwick when she gets news that her ex-husband Nick Hawkins has been found murdered on the Fotheringill estate. When a witness reports seeing Michael's car near the scene of the crime, the press hounds them and prints scandalous lies. To protect Julia, Michael takes a leave of absence from his job and gets out of town. Julia takes on two jobs: her normal role of manager at the tourist centre in the British town of Smea ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a fun, engaging read—a good mystery, but nothing to keep you awake at night, look no further than Every Trick in the Rook. The bottom line is that I had a good time with this book. The main character Julia is predictably at odds with law enforcement as she both finds herself in bad situations not of her own doing and also pursues investigations putting herself in harm’s way.

I especially enjoyed meeting the young Tennyson and her trained rook, Alphie, who plays an important
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If Julia hadn't already been well-known to the police I wouldn't have realized there had been other books in this series, the characters and setting are so well introduced. Told in the first person, you gather clues at the same speed as our heroine as you are introduced to a rich cast, both human and avian, in this deliciously satisfying tale. I had sussed out some of the answers (part of the game of spot the killer!) but by no means all. No, of course I'm not going to drop any hints; you'll wan ...more
Susan Johnston
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here:
I do like Marty Wingate. She has two series going that I enjoy each outing more and more. In this one, Julie's ex-husband lands in the village just long enough to be murdered and drop Julie, Michael and her family in the pot. After five years of no contact, he sent Julie and MIchael two emails asking to meet each one. That, and a witness who saw Michael near the crime scene around the appropriate time is enough to make him a person of interest. Being interviewed by polic
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Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based mystery writer who also lectures about gardens and travel. She is the author of the Potting Shed mysteries from Random House/Alibi, about Pru Parke, middle-aged American gardener who moves to England and digs up more than weeds. Her second cozy series, Birds of a Feather, follows the adventures of Julia Lanchester, daughter of a celebrity ornithologist and manager ...more

Other books in the series

Birds of a Feather Mystery (4 books)
  • The Rhyme of the Magpie (Birds of a Feather Mystery, #1)
  • Empty Nest (Birds of a Feather Mystery, #2)
  • Farewell, My Cuckoo (Birds of a Feather Mystery #4)