Birds of Wonder Read Online Free - One August morning while walking her dog, high-school English teacher Beatrice Ousterhout stumbles over the dead body of a student, Amber Inglin, who was to play the lead in Beatrice's production of John Webster's Jacobean tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi. Barely able to speak, Beatrice calls the police. That is to say, she calls her daughter. Jes is a detective with two years of experience under her belt and a personal life composed primarily of a string of one-night-stands, including the owner of the field in which Beatrice has found Amber. In addition to a house and a field, Child Services lawyer Liam Walsh owns a vineyard, where Amber Inglin, along with a handful of other teens who've had difficulty negotiating the foster system, was an intern. Set among the hills and lakes of upstate New York and told in six vibrantly distinct voices, this complex and original narrative chronicles the rippling effects of a young girl's death through a densely intertwined community. By turns funny, fierce, lyrical and horrifying, Birds of Wonder probes family ties, the stresses that break them, and the pasts that never really let us go.
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February 06, 2018
I think the author attempted to give this book an artistic and unique spin to the over saturated murder/mystery genre. What I first thought would be a standard murder/mystery ended up something different altogether. I’m not entirely sure I enjoyed all aspects of this book though. It seemed to me...
February 27, 2018
Many thanks to Smith Publicity for providing my free copy of BIRDS OF WONDER by Cynthia Robinson- all opinions are my own.
This is an original and lovely debut with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. The story starts off when a teacher, Beatrice, stumbles across the dead body of the st...
February 25, 2018
February 05, 2018
When I first opened this book, I saw the table of contents and thought, "WOW, that's a lot of different POVs!" And we do get a variety of them: Jes, Beatrice, Edward, Liam, Connor and Waldo. There are times when too many POVs are introduced and it can get muddled and confusing. I'm happy to repor...
November 17, 2017
This book will appear early next year— I read it in proofs. So... wait for it!
What I like: I love the genre of detective novels with wayward women setting the pace (V. I. Warshawski). And I live in Ithaca. So a wayward woman who transgresses in the vineyards along Cayuga Lake would appeal to me a...
April 04, 2018
What starts out as a potentially interesting mystery segues into something different, but it's not well defined. The murder of a beautiful high school girl exposes the sordid secrets of the town. Well drawn characters Liked it, but didn't love it.
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the oppo...
February 17, 2018
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**
Birds of Wonder by Cynthia Robinson is an intriguing murder mystery set against the backdrop of art and wine in a small town. When a young teenager, Amber Inglin, is murdered suspicion falls on her employer, vintner Liam Walsh; one of hi...
February 17, 2018
Cynthia Robinson's Birds of Wonder is a well-written story (and I loved the cover image). I'd expected more of a crime-focused novel based on the description (and because the book starts with the discovery of a body and moves into a police procedural approach at the beginning). However, I found t...
January 23, 2018
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This is the debut novel for Cynthia Robinson and she brings the readers on a journey seen through six different perspectives in BIRDS OF WONDER. An English teacher finds the lifeless body of one of her students, and the story begins.
January 04, 2018
I want to thank Cynthia Robinson for writing BIRDS OF WONDER. I really enjoyed the thriller aspect—everyone’s a suspect, which is a great hook, and I sensed that part might have been done with an ironic wink toward the genre. Each of the six characters is intriguing, leaving the reader wanting to...