Review – Bickering Birds by Mildred Abbott

Posted October 29, 2019 by Carole in 2019 Audiobook Challenge, Audiobook, Book Reviews / 13 Comments

Bickering Birds by Mildred Abbott
Narrated by Angie Hickman
Series: Cozy Corgi Mysteries #3
Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications
Publication Date: October 8, 2018
Date Read: October 24, 2019
Length: 5 hours and 36 minutes
Source: Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆

Rocky Mountain National Park has it all: rugged peaks, pine-scented forests, enchanting bird-watching locations, and…murder.

The Cozy Corgi bookshop finally opens, and Winifred Page and her headstrong corgi, Watson, are ready to welcome their first patrons. With her new best friend, Katie, creating heavenly pastries in the bakery on the top floor of the store, Fred’s dreams are all coming together in delicious and unexpected ways.

When Katie caters a meeting of the Feathered Friends Brigade and drags Fred along, they expect nothing more than loquacious chatter about birds as they endeavor to build a professional relationship with the owner of the wild bird shop. Fred and Katie are quickly roped into a moonlight snowshoeing hike in hopes of spotting a rare owl. While the endangered bird proves elusive…the murdered man in the snow is hard to miss.

Fred’s growing relationship with Sergeant Wexler hits a snag when he forbids her from donning her sleuth hat yet again. But Fred is a lot like her corgi – she doesn’t like being told what to do, even if it puts an end to a possible romance.

As Fred and Watson delve into the lives of the ornithological club members, the tangled bird’s nest of an investigation makes Fred wonder if she should have left this one to the police. But when feathers begin to fly, Fred has no choice but to flush out a killer….

My Review

This was a great installment in the series!  This is the third book in the Cozy Corgi Mystery series but it could easily be read as a stand-alone.  Readers of the series will enjoy catching up with all of the great characters in this small town.  I have been listening to the series in order and had a pretty good idea what I could expect when I started this book and it completely delivered.  I ended up listening to almost the entire book in a single day just because I was having such a good time with it.

Fred and Katie are finally getting their bookshop/bakery open.  The grand opening is largely a success, although there are a few uncomfortable moments.  When the town’s bird lover’s group comes into the store a chain of events begins that have a great impact on a lot of people.  Fred and Katie are there when one of the members of the group is murdered.  Of course, Fred feels like she needs to figure out what really happened.

The mystery in this book kept me guessing.  I thought that there were a few more surprises in this book as compared to the previous books in the series.  I felt like I was right there with Fred trying to figure out who was responsible.  I loved the fact that this book was able to completely change my opinion of a character or two over the course of the story. 

Angie Hickman does such a good job with this series.  I think that the voices she uses for all of the characters in town are very well done and reflect each character’s personality.  She reads the story at the perfect pace and includes the right amount of emotion in her reading.  I think that the narration of the story increased my overall enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this book to others.  I am having a great time with Fred, Watson, and their friend Katie as they try to solve all of the murders that seem to be happening around them.  I cannot wait to read more of this fun series!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator via Audiobook Boom and have voluntarily left this review.

About the Author

Reading the Cozy Corgi series is pretty much all you need to know about Mildred. In real life, she’s obsessed with everything she writes about: Corgis, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods. She’s not obsessed with murder, however. At least not at her own hands (nor paid for… no contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played a formative role in her personality. Having Fred and Watson stroll into her mind was a touch of kismet.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook 

13 responses to “Review – Bickering Birds by Mildred Abbott

  1. I still haven't figured out why I haven't started this series yet – oh yea, time! Great review and such a cute cover.

  2. I liked Fred, Watson and Katie when I read the first book. The female cop kind of put me off the second book but I might pick up the series again at some point.

  3. This sounds like a cozy mystery I would like. I have the first 4 books as Kindle freebies and they all seem to be in KU. But the audio is spendy. None are at the library. So I will likely read them if I can manage it. Excellent review!

    Anne – Books of My Heart