Fifth in the Bird Lover's Mystery
series, CHICKADEE CHICKADEE
BANG BANG is a cozy mystery that brings readers to Birds and
Bees, the bird watching supply store in western North Carolina.
Proprietor Amy Simms, who we met in Die Die Birdie, is leading a
birdwatching tour, focusing on the native chickadee singing in town,
but everyone is distracted by the big annual classic car festival being
held nearby the trail.
We are introduced to many of Amy's friends, family, and business
partners. Also the cars! If you care about the difference between a
Chevy Impala and a Chrysler 300B, you'll feel right at home. One of the
classic cars, a rare '56 El Morocco, owned by Chick Sherman, assumes
a greater significance when it is involved in an accident and a sudden
death follows. In addition to the murder involving Chick's car, there are
also a set of original Audubon bird prints missing from his collection
that Amy is very interested in recovering. So don't expect to pick up too
many birdwatching tips, but you may pick up some amateur sleuthing
skills! Roland Ibarra also makes an appearance as a falconer, adding
another feathered dimension.
If you enjoyed the other books in the series by J.R. Ripley you'll want to
pick up this installment. I recommend it mainly to anyone who'd like to
read a cozy set in small-town North Carolina and won't mind a lot of
information about classic cars. You don't need to have read the earlier
books, but because of an expanding cast list, it may be better if you
have. CHICKADEE CHICKADEE BANG
BANG will be followed by How The Finch Stole Christmas, so we
certainly need to give the author marks for original and fun, birdy titles.
Ruby Lake, North Carolina, might be the perfect place to
go birdwatching during autumn, but it's also a habitat for
murder . . .
As Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms guides a halfhearted
birding group around Ruby Lake, rumors soon start flying
about the annual Fall Festival's classic car and tractor
show. Local eccentric Chick Sherman-boasting the hottest
ride in town-has ruffled feathers by mysteriously entering
the contest, and curious Amy hatches a plan to sneak a
glimpse at the phantom automobile before the big event
kicks off . . .
But competition turns deadly when Amy finally spots the
sleek '56 El Morocco-and it's on top of Chick's very dead
body. With her neighbor and business partner framed as the
murderer and priceless Audubon prints suddenly missing
from Chick's home, only Amy can identify the telltale
markings of a killer before another hapless victim is
plucked from the flock . . .