Birds of Wonder

Birds of Wonder

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 year One August morning while walking her dog, high-school English teacher Beatrice Ousterhout stumbles over the dead body of ...

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Title:Birds of Wonder
Author:Cynthia Robinson
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1641365269
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:329 pages pages

Birds of Wonder Reviews

  • Bex
    Feb 20, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

  • Sue Em
    Apr 04, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

  • Andrea Ingham
    Jan 19, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

    When Beatrice goes for a all one morning, the last thing she expects to find is a body in a field. And not just any body, but that of a young girl she knows. Amber Inglin is the star in Beatrice's play The Duchess of Malfi. What follows is a complex, lyrical tale that is by turns sordi...

    Thank you Netgalley and publishers for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this novel is that a teacher, Beatrice, out on a walk with her dog, stumbles across the body of a student who has been killed and dismembered. This student happens to ...

    The body of a girl found in a field affects a whole community, as everything and everyone is connected in some way, and the crime investigated has far-reaching impact and touches a few difficult subjects. This debut novel had a lot of potential, but ultimately disappointed me. But ...

    Thank you @smithpublicity for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. High schooler Amber is found dead in a field with two feathers placed in a cross near her head and her hand severed. The story unfolds through six narrators including ditzy, h...

    This was definitely a guilty pleasure. It was a quick read, easy, well-constructed and surprisingly fun (given the grisly subject matter.) The characters were nicely multi-dimensional - no flawless heros, everyone imperfect, and while some had more awful traits than others, everyone ha...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Birds of Wonder with its rich cast of characters and local references to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. You can practically feel the drippy humidity of summer, smell the ripening grapes, imagine the long views up the lake. Birds of Wonder ...

    Birds of Wonder's story started when a high-school teacher Beatrice Ousterhout stumbled over a dead body while walking her dog. Shocked by what she had seen, she called, Jes, who happened to be a police detective and also her own daughter. After I read the blurb, I thought the stor...

    This is a great book. It has a fine sense of athmosphere, the south, the heat, the humidity, but specially the people, real people. Robinson is specially good at young people with a "broken wing" who had been in foster homes, who had been the object of different shades or degrees of se...

    I love books that alternate points of view, and when there's a dead body involved, it's that much more fun, if I may be pardoned for being macabre. It takes a lot of skill to shift perspective among six characters without revealing too much, but Robinson accomplishes this admirably. I ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Feb 25, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

  • Candice
    Mar 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Jan 16, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

  • Biljana
    Feb 17, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

  • Jayasree B
    Apr 23, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

  • Shirley
    Nov 17, 2017

    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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Feb 05, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

  • Jacqueline Burke
    Feb 26, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

    When Beatrice goes for a all one morning, the last thing she expects to find is a body in a field. And not just any body, but that of a young girl she knows. Amber Inglin is the star in Beatrice's play The Duchess of Malfi. What follows is a complex, lyrical tale that is by turns sordi...

    Thank you Netgalley and publishers for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this novel is that a teacher, Beatrice, out on a walk with her dog, stumbles across the body of a student who has been killed and dismembered. This student happens to ...

  • Jenny
    Feb 07, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

    When Beatrice goes for a all one morning, the last thing she expects to find is a body in a field. And not just any body, but that of a young girl she knows. Amber Inglin is the star in Beatrice's play The Duchess of Malfi. What follows is a complex, lyrical tale that is by turns sordi...

    Thank you Netgalley and publishers for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this novel is that a teacher, Beatrice, out on a walk with her dog, stumbles across the body of a student who has been killed and dismembered. This student happens to ...

    The body of a girl found in a field affects a whole community, as everything and everyone is connected in some way, and the crime investigated has far-reaching impact and touches a few difficult subjects. This debut novel had a lot of potential, but ultimately disappointed me. But ...

    Thank you @smithpublicity for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. High schooler Amber is found dead in a field with two feathers placed in a cross near her head and her hand severed. The story unfolds through six narrators including ditzy, h...

    This was definitely a guilty pleasure. It was a quick read, easy, well-constructed and surprisingly fun (given the grisly subject matter.) The characters were nicely multi-dimensional - no flawless heros, everyone imperfect, and while some had more awful traits than others, everyone ha...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Birds of Wonder with its rich cast of characters and local references to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. You can practically feel the drippy humidity of summer, smell the ripening grapes, imagine the long views up the lake. Birds of Wonder ...

    Birds of Wonder's story started when a high-school teacher Beatrice Ousterhout stumbled over a dead body while walking her dog. Shocked by what she had seen, she called, Jes, who happened to be a police detective and also her own daughter. After I read the blurb, I thought the stor...

  • Paula DeBoard
    May 19, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

  • Janelle
    Feb 26, 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 ...

    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...

  • Vanessa
    Feb 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 ...

  • Geoff
    Jan 13, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

  • Wit & Wonder Books
    Feb 17, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

  • J Aislynn d'Merricksson
    Feb 20, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

    When Beatrice goes for a all one morning, the last thing she expects to find is a body in a field. And not just any body, but that of a young girl she knows. Amber Inglin is the star in Beatrice's play The Duchess of Malfi. What follows is a complex, lyrical tale that is by turns sordi...

  • Jule
    Feb 16, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

    When Beatrice goes for a all one morning, the last thing she expects to find is a body in a field. And not just any body, but that of a young girl she knows. Amber Inglin is the star in Beatrice's play The Duchess of Malfi. What follows is a complex, lyrical tale that is by turns sordi...

    Thank you Netgalley and publishers for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this novel is that a teacher, Beatrice, out on a walk with her dog, stumbles across the body of a student who has been killed and dismembered. This student happens to ...

    The body of a girl found in a field affects a whole community, as everything and everyone is connected in some way, and the crime investigated has far-reaching impact and touches a few difficult subjects. This debut novel had a lot of potential, but ultimately disappointed me. But ...

  • Alison
    Jan 27, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

    When Beatrice goes for a all one morning, the last thing she expects to find is a body in a field. And not just any body, but that of a young girl she knows. Amber Inglin is the star in Beatrice's play The Duchess of Malfi. What follows is a complex, lyrical tale that is by turns sordi...

    Thank you Netgalley and publishers for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this novel is that a teacher, Beatrice, out on a walk with her dog, stumbles across the body of a student who has been killed and dismembered. This student happens to ...

    The body of a girl found in a field affects a whole community, as everything and everyone is connected in some way, and the crime investigated has far-reaching impact and touches a few difficult subjects. This debut novel had a lot of potential, but ultimately disappointed me. But ...

    Thank you @smithpublicity for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. High schooler Amber is found dead in a field with two feathers placed in a cross near her head and her hand severed. The story unfolds through six narrators including ditzy, h...

    This was definitely a guilty pleasure. It was a quick read, easy, well-constructed and surprisingly fun (given the grisly subject matter.) The characters were nicely multi-dimensional - no flawless heros, everyone imperfect, and while some had more awful traits than others, everyone ha...

  • Janel
    May 14, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

  • Jessica
    Jan 23, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

  • Harry O'Brien
    Jul 22, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

  • Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
    Feb 20, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

    When Beatrice goes for a all one morning, the last thing she expects to find is a body in a field. And not just any body, but that of a young girl she knows. Amber Inglin is the star in Beatrice's play The Duchess of Malfi. What follows is a complex, lyrical tale that is by turns sordi...

    Thank you Netgalley and publishers for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this novel is that a teacher, Beatrice, out on a walk with her dog, stumbles across the body of a student who has been killed and dismembered. This student happens to ...

    The body of a girl found in a field affects a whole community, as everything and everyone is connected in some way, and the crime investigated has far-reaching impact and touches a few difficult subjects. This debut novel had a lot of potential, but ultimately disappointed me. But ...

    Thank you @smithpublicity for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. High schooler Amber is found dead in a field with two feathers placed in a cross near her head and her hand severed. The story unfolds through six narrators including ditzy, h...

  • Zaufeshan|Life Spent Reading|
    Apr 15, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

  • David N.
    Dec 05, 2017

    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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

    When Beatrice goes for a all one morning, the last thing she expects to find is a body in a field. And not just any body, but that of a young girl she knows. Amber Inglin is the star in Beatrice's play The Duchess of Malfi. What follows is a complex, lyrical tale that is by turns sordi...

    Thank you Netgalley and publishers for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this novel is that a teacher, Beatrice, out on a walk with her dog, stumbles across the body of a student who has been killed and dismembered. This student happens to ...

    The body of a girl found in a field affects a whole community, as everything and everyone is connected in some way, and the crime investigated has far-reaching impact and touches a few difficult subjects. This debut novel had a lot of potential, but ultimately disappointed me. But ...

    Thank you @smithpublicity for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. High schooler Amber is found dead in a field with two feathers placed in a cross near her head and her hand severed. The story unfolds through six narrators including ditzy, h...

    This was definitely a guilty pleasure. It was a quick read, easy, well-constructed and surprisingly fun (given the grisly subject matter.) The characters were nicely multi-dimensional - no flawless heros, everyone imperfect, and while some had more awful traits than others, everyone ha...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Birds of Wonder with its rich cast of characters and local references to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. You can practically feel the drippy humidity of summer, smell the ripening grapes, imagine the long views up the lake. Birds of Wonder ...

    Birds of Wonder's story started when a high-school teacher Beatrice Ousterhout stumbled over a dead body while walking her dog. Shocked by what she had seen, she called, Jes, who happened to be a police detective and also her own daughter. After I read the blurb, I thought the stor...

    This is a great book. It has a fine sense of athmosphere, the south, the heat, the humidity, but specially the people, real people. Robinson is specially good at young people with a "broken wing" who had been in foster homes, who had been the object of different shades or degrees of se...

    I love books that alternate points of view, and when there's a dead body involved, it's that much more fun, if I may be pardoned for being macabre. It takes a lot of skill to shift perspective among six characters without revealing too much, but Robinson accomplishes this admirably. I ...

    I was lucky to receive an ?Advanced Reader?s Copy? of *Birds of Wonder* (the novel?s official release date is early in the new year). It begins as a murder mystery and slowly morphs into something else altogether. The elements of a police procedural form the skeleton of the nov...

  • Ana Cortils
    Jan 04, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

  • Mercedes
    Feb 04, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

    When Beatrice goes for a all one morning, the last thing she expects to find is a body in a field. And not just any body, but that of a young girl she knows. Amber Inglin is the star in Beatrice's play The Duchess of Malfi. What follows is a complex, lyrical tale that is by turns sordi...

    Thank you Netgalley and publishers for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this novel is that a teacher, Beatrice, out on a walk with her dog, stumbles across the body of a student who has been killed and dismembered. This student happens to ...

    The body of a girl found in a field affects a whole community, as everything and everyone is connected in some way, and the crime investigated has far-reaching impact and touches a few difficult subjects. This debut novel had a lot of potential, but ultimately disappointed me. But ...

    Thank you @smithpublicity for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. High schooler Amber is found dead in a field with two feathers placed in a cross near her head and her hand severed. The story unfolds through six narrators including ditzy, h...

    This was definitely a guilty pleasure. It was a quick read, easy, well-constructed and surprisingly fun (given the grisly subject matter.) The characters were nicely multi-dimensional - no flawless heros, everyone imperfect, and while some had more awful traits than others, everyone ha...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Birds of Wonder with its rich cast of characters and local references to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. You can practically feel the drippy humidity of summer, smell the ripening grapes, imagine the long views up the lake. Birds of Wonder ...

    Birds of Wonder's story started when a high-school teacher Beatrice Ousterhout stumbled over a dead body while walking her dog. Shocked by what she had seen, she called, Jes, who happened to be a police detective and also her own daughter. After I read the blurb, I thought the stor...

    This is a great book. It has a fine sense of athmosphere, the south, the heat, the humidity, but specially the people, real people. Robinson is specially good at young people with a "broken wing" who had been in foster homes, who had been the object of different shades or degrees of se...

  • Teresa V.
    Feb 09, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...

    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...

    Check out my blog for an author Q&A and to read an excerpt! 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...

    If you are looking for a good murder mystery that is more then a murder mystery, then I recommend Birds of Wonder. Birds of Wonder is an engrossing and heartbreaking first novel. Detective Murder Mysteries are not my usual fare. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and...

    Frankly, I picked up the book because I loved the cover. But after reading it I found the writing beautiful as well. Somehow, all the emotional drama of these people are captured without being overly dramatic. It was a good read, though I wouldn't give the mystery part of it any due. B...

    I'm a bit conflicted over this one. I appreciate that it wasn't a typical whodunnit, although it started out that way, with the dead body of a teenage girl found in a field. The story then explores the various connections--some more tenuous than others--that the girl had with other...

    Hard to put down! Beautiful writing, such a strong sense of place and I found it hard to put down after the first couple chapters. Read it in two days! Well rendered characters, rich back story and intriguing if sad mystery at the core of a complex novel. Brava. So glad I noticed t...

    Birds of Wonder is an intriguing, character driven, literary mystery that incorporates nature, birds as well as theater in to the story. Though that may sound like an odd combination, the author did an excellent job of weaving the three themes together as the mystery unfolded. I loved ...

    'Birds of Wonder' is published in the USA Standing Stone Books on February 20th, 2018. 'Birds of Wonder' is a beautiful and very confronting novel. It confounded my initial genre expectations. The characterisation is rich and authentic and the bird motif adds a certain poetry to a ...

    I want to read this!? ...

    *My thanks to Smith Publicity for the free review copy* 2.5 stars - Birds of Wonder is Robinson?s debut novel, literary fiction containing a mystery; but the mystery is used to display themes of family ties and the struggle to break free from your past. I read this book in two-sit...

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy of this book - all thoughts and opinions are my own. I genuinely enjoyed this take on a typical murder mystery. Birds of Wonder takes the standard police procedural and turns it on its head, creating a story that follows ...

    When Beatrice goes for a all one morning, the last thing she expects to find is a body in a field. And not just any body, but that of a young girl she knows. Amber Inglin is the star in Beatrice's play The Duchess of Malfi. What follows is a complex, lyrical tale that is by turns sordi...

    Thank you Netgalley and publishers for an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this novel is that a teacher, Beatrice, out on a walk with her dog, stumbles across the body of a student who has been killed and dismembered. This student happens to ...

    The body of a girl found in a field affects a whole community, as everything and everyone is connected in some way, and the crime investigated has far-reaching impact and touches a few difficult subjects. This debut novel had a lot of potential, but ultimately disappointed me. But ...

    Thank you @smithpublicity for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. High schooler Amber is found dead in a field with two feathers placed in a cross near her head and her hand severed. The story unfolds through six narrators including ditzy, h...

    This was definitely a guilty pleasure. It was a quick read, easy, well-constructed and surprisingly fun (given the grisly subject matter.) The characters were nicely multi-dimensional - no flawless heros, everyone imperfect, and while some had more awful traits than others, everyone ha...

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Birds of Wonder with its rich cast of characters and local references to the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. You can practically feel the drippy humidity of summer, smell the ripening grapes, imagine the long views up the lake. Birds of Wonder ...

  • Paisley Bots
    Feb 19, 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 ...

    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...

    Review soon. ...

    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 hap...

    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 wou...

    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 publish...

    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 re...

    **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 W...

    Riveting and deeply satisfying ? this book is a genre-melding gem that hits the mark where so many thrillers, suspenses, family dramas and and multi-narrator pastiches fall short (and it is all these!). Robinson sets before us a tale that is distressing yet amusing, in a world famili...