Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions
Publication Date: October 31, 2014
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Synopsis: In an attempt to escape hellish matrimony, Rachel Stanhope sojourns to her Aunt Miriam’s ranch in Colorado in search of some peace and comfort. As a favor to her aunt, a bird enthusiast, Rachel agrees to host meetings of the local birdwatching society. On her first expedition, however, instead of finding a LeConte’s sparrow, she makes a much more disturbing discovery: a dead body. Identified as a reporter for Birds of a Feather magazine, this man was trying to dig up troubling information on Miriam’s deceased husband and a bird trafficking scheme…and now sweet Aunt Miriam is the prime suspect in this fowl play.
Review: After catching her husband with another woman, Rachel Stanhope escapes to her Aunt Miriam’s ranch in Colorado to take stock of her situation. Miriam is a passionate bird enthusiast and hosts meetings of local birdwatching society. When Rachel agrees to go out with them on her first birding expedition, she stumbles upon the dead body of a reporter who was trying to make trouble for her aunt. Now Miriam and her friends are suspects in the violent death and soon after the investigation starts Miriam disappears along with three precious birds, which only serves to make her look guilty. I didn’t know anything about serious birdwatching when I started A RANT OF RAVENS, so it was nice to learn about something new. The author takes the reader through a twisted path on the journey to solve the mystery of the reporter’s murder and Miriam’s disappearance. A RANT OF RAVENS seemed a little old-fashioned, especially in the computer technology areas, so it might serve from a little updating. A RANT OF RAVENS is a cozy mystery set in the birding world, with enough intrigue to entertain the traditional mystery lover without any of the gore which would be distasteful to some readers.