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A Bird in the Hand by Ann Cleeves
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Although almost thirty years old (c.1986) this was a pretty good mystery. It starts with the discovery of the body of a well known birdwatcher on the shore near the White Lodge where he worked. Another birdwatcher, the retired George Palmer-Jones, is asked by one of his neighbors to look into the circumstances of the death. We follow George and his fellow "twitchers" around from one sighting to another as he slowly works out who killed Tom French and why. A nice, somewhat old-fashioned, British mystery.
  hailelib | Mar 28, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449133494, Mass Market Paperback)

Young Tom French is found dead, lying in a marsh on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, Tom put the village of Rushy on the birdwatching map. Everyone liked him. Or did they?
George Palmer-Jones, an elderly birdwatcher, decides to look into the crime. He finds mixed feelings aplenty, but remains baffled by a deed that could have been motivated by thwarted love, pure envy, or something else altogether. But as he and his fellow birders pursue rumors of rare sightings, George -- with help from his lovely wife, Molly -- gradually discovers the true markings of a killer. Now all he has to do is prove it . . . before the killer strikes again.

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In England's birdwatching paradise, a new breed has been sighted--a murderer ...Young Tom French was found dead, lying in a marsh on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, Tom had put the village of Rushy on the birdwatching map. Everyone liked him. Or did they? George Palmer-Jones, an elderly birdwatcher who decided quietly to look into the brutal crime, discovered mixed feelings aplenty. Still, he remained baffled by a deed that could have been motivated by thwarted love, pure envy, or something else altogether. But as he and his fellow "twitchers" flocked from Norfolk to Scotland to the Scilly Isles, in response to rumours of rare sightings, George--with help from his lovely wife, Molly--gradually discerned the true markings of a killer. All he had to do was prove it ...before the murderer strikes again.… (more)

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