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Fowl of the House of Usher

(A Bird Lover's Mystery #7)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  25 reviews
It really is the dead of winter in Ruby Lake when a party becomes an invitation to murder for Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms . . .

No one ruffles Amy’s feathers like Craig “The Gigolo” Bigelow. Not only has the two-timer returned to town, but his new girlfriend has invited Amy to a dinner party. And at Usher House of all places—legendary home to ghosts, freak accidents,
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Published May 15th 2018 by Lyrical Underground
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May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amy Simms is in a bad mood. Not only is her cheater, jerky ex-boyfriend back in Ruby Lake, MN but she gets talked into taking her best friend Kim out to his creepy rental house for a dinner party. The Usher House has a lot of bad history associated with it and it's out in the middle of nowhere. Add in the fact that Amy does not want to pal around with Craig's too-perfect girlfriend, Cindy. She agrees to go to Usher House only because Craig says he is concerned for the health of the flock of ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why I waited so long to read my first book from this author! Maybe it is just because I am not a bird person and therefor these mysteries never caught my attention much....BIG MISTAKE! This was one of the best mysteries I have read this year so far.

I loved everything about this mystery! Great characters and some sound writing that pulled me right into the story. The setting is an old and possibly haunted mansion where the whole cast is snowed in and one body after the other shows
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books, animals
This series keeps getting better with each book and #7 continued in the same vein. It is essentially a lock room story as Amy and Kim are snowbound with a group of strangers and several of them are found murder. Amy ex-boyfriend asked her to have dinner with and his fiancee telling her there are ducks nearby his isolated house that appears ill. Amy and Kim accepted to check out the ducks. While at dinner an unexpected snow storm beginning stranding the group for a couple of days. The first night ...more
RO G'ma
Fowl of the House of Usher is the seventh book in J. R. Ripley’s the Bird Lover’s Mystery series. This is a clean read with a good plot, interesting mystery, well-developed characters, humor, and a little romance. The story flows at a steady pace, with red herrings and twists and turns thrown in to keep the reader engaged and guessing until the surprising reveal. I recommend this series to readers who enjoy reading well-crafted cozy mysteries. I’m looking forward to reading future installments ...more
Jennifer Ritter
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Fowl of the House of Usher is the seventh book in the Bird Lover’s Mystery series by JR Ripley. In this story we find Birds and Bees shop owner Amy Simms come face to face with her cheating ex, Craig Bigelow, and his new young squeeze, Cindy Pym. Craig is part owner of Brewer’s Biergarten, located next door to Amy’s business. He is usually nowhere near Ruby Lake, but is there now to run the Biergarten while co owner Paul Anderson is away on an extended vacation.

Since Paul rents an apartment from
Becky Lewis
This was my second book to read by JR Ripley, although Fowl of the House of Usher is actually the seventh in A Bird Lover’s Mystery series. It is a very tense time for Amy and Kim, who along with a handful of other guests, are snowed in at a mountain retreat, guests of Amy’s ex-boyfriend Craig and his girlfriend. First, they find one guest murdered. After that terrible beginning, the remote location and the weather both collude to cause events to move quickly downhill.

I enjoyed getting to know
Lisa Morin
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better. Fowl of the House of Usher is a fantastic addition to the series.
Set in the quaint little town of Ruby Lake, this story is full of great characters who will win you over.
Esther the pester is still annoying Amy, owner of Birds and Bees, a great little store that caters to bird and bee lovers alike.
This story takes place in the house of Usher, rumored to be haunted. Amy can deal with ghosts, but murder victims, not so much.
What do duck decoys and
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amy's ex is back in town and she's not happy that he and his fiance are running the beer garden next door to her bird shop. When he invites her and Kim for a dinner party she's reluctant to go but attends to check out some sick ducks. Everyone in town knows the House of Usher outside of town is haunted and getting stuck overnight in a snowstorm isn't part of her plan. Murder seems to be the dish of the day and when two of the guests are found dead, Amy and Kim need to solve the deaths before the ...more
Theunis Snyman
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The title is a word play on the title of a story by Edgar Alan Poe: The fall of the house of Usher. Poe's story is a horror story. This, however, is not a horror story but a cozy detective story about people stranded in a vacation house on top of a mountain. They are cut off by snow from the rest of the world. And then the murders start. There are many stories with this situation, but I always love them. And every such story has a twist of its own. This one is no exception.
Patricia Romero
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: birds, bees, cozy-mystery
Craig is back and with a sweet, little thing on his arm. With Paul away on vacation, Craig has rented a house outside of Ruby Lake to oversee things until Paul returns. Knowing he won't be allowed to stay in Paul's apartment in Amy's house with this little chippy on his arm.

When she is invited to come to dinner at a supposedly haunted mansion, she is adamant about not attending. Until Craig brings up the wood ducks that look sick. Amy is a sucker for a bird in need and if Amy has to go, well,
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fowl of the House of Usher by J. R. Ripley is the 7th book in A Bird Lover's Mystery series, and they just keep getting better. I am not a bird enthusiast, but I really enjoyed this book/series. Amy and her best friend Kim get stuck with her ex and his new girlfriend when they become snowbound, at the ex's rental haunted house. When a body is find a body, the mystery begins. There is only one thing I don't like about this series, is how everyone sides with Esther the pester, where is the loyalty ...more
Verity W
May 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
***Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review*****

So this was the second book in this series that I've read - I read book 3 this time last year and wasn't massively keen but thought it had potential and wanted to check in to see if it was more to my taste. Short answer is no -there is still too much going on in the mystery, the heroine is way too stupid to live and all the characters annoyed me. But I can see from the rest of the reviews that I'm an outlier here - so it may be one of
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fowl of the House of Usher is the seventh installment in the A Bird Lover's Mystery series set in Ruby Lake, North Carolina and featuring Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees, a store devoted to supplies for bird lovers. With Paul Anderson, her tenant and the co-owner of Brewer's Biergarten next door, away on vacation that means that his partner Craig Bigelow is in town to oversee things. Unfortunately for Amy, not only is Craig her two timing ex but he's brought his new girlfriend Cindy Pyms ...more
Amy Simms' ex is in town. Along with the young and gorgeous psychologist he dumped Amy for. The young and gorgeous psychologist who has invited Amy (and her beau) to a dinner party. A dinner party at the Usher House, known in local parts for its... rather eerie atmosphere. Amy's boyfriend can't come and neither can her best friend Kim's. So it's the two of them, headed up the mountain at the start of a snow storm for the most awkward dinner party. Besides the ex and the redhead, there are two ...more
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Review: FOWL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER by J. R. Ripley

I would have read this for the title, but fortunately I enjoyed the story, very much, and am reading more from this author. J. R. Ripley (a pseudonym) is a quite prolific author who writes under a variety of names, always winningly, with a very "down-home," emotionally realistic, human touch. His characters are easy "to snuggle up to" and cheer on.

This mystery is set in Ruby Lake, North Carolina, in the mountains, a scenic tourist destination.
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know much about birds beyond crows, robins, seagulls and bald eagles but that in no way hinders my enjoyment of this delightful series. In this, the 7th of the series, Amy is planning some renovations now that her tenant, Ester the pester, has invested in her business, Birds & Bees. She has a lot going on in her life and it's about to get worse. She and her friend Kim find themselves stuck at Usher House, rumored to be haunted, with Amy's ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend. Plus ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Amy owns a bird-lovers' store and I couldn't understand how she could survive, much less run a business. Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY, pushes her around. One of her tenants has a cat (against the rules) - she rents out a couple of apartments above the store; her cheating ex-boyfriend cons her into coming to the creepy house he's renting for a dinner; her mother lets the ex stay in the apartment directly below Amy's room after the murders; her ex talks her into cooking dinner when the cook is ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the second book I read in this series. I found it entertaining and kept hooked till the end.
It's well written, kept me guessing till the but there are some minor plot hole like a character saying that she has to talk to heroine and we never know what this was about.
The book is a classic "Group of characters in a contained space with a killer amongst them", thrilling and a bit claustrophobic at times.
The main weakness is the heroine that seems to have some unsolved issues with ex
Aug 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give this book 2 stars at least, but I didn't like it, so that rating would have been unfair to the books that I liked, but didn't love.

It isn't that the book was bad, because it wasn't. It was light, and cozy, and almost gave off an Agatha Christie vibe (& I love A.C.'s work!). However, the characters in Fowl read flat and trite to me, and I didn't sympathize with any of them.

Maybe I needed to be in a different head-space to appreciate the story. Maybe I should have started with
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting characters that you either love or despise stuck together in an odd house (only one bathroom, and that on the second floor!) when an unexpected snowstorm traps them there after an uncomfortable dinner. Then the murders begin, idiot host destroys the bridge needed to leave, there is rare cell phone service, and the electric goes off! Lots of situational humor, red herrings, and plot twists make this a quick, fun read.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read by J.R. Ripley, but it won't be my last. I was hooked from the time that Amy and Kim got stranded at the Usher House by a snow storm. It was slightly reminiscent of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie because of being stranded with no way to get back to town, in this case because of the snow. Amy finds a body during the night of one of the other guests, Mike, and he has been stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife. Things get worse for the guests ...more
Barbara Tobey
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Entertaining, engaging and clever. Some surprises, some suspense, some laughs. There is another bird themed cozy mystery series that I tend to think of when I see the bird pun titles in this series. Both authors and their bird series are terrific. I am looking forward to reading the next one(s). The publisher provided a copy via NetGalley.
Phil Ellenberger
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it

This was a good read. However, the dominant thought was that it was like the old saying "close but no cigar"
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