A Rant of Ravens by Christine Goff. First published 2000. As reviewed and pictured: softcover, 207 pages.
The last time I tried reading a birder-themed mystery novel, I was sorely disappointed. With that in mind, I honestly didn't expect too much out of Christine Goff's A Rant of Ravens, the first in a series of Birdwatcher's Mystery novels. So I was more than pleasantly surprised to find this debut novel well-written, fast-paced, entertaining, and engaging.
A Rant of Ravens follows heroine Rachel Stanhope, a big-city woman going through a personal and professional crisis, as she takes a break from her life and travels to see her eccentric aunt in the mountains of Colorado. At her aunt's ranch, dubbed Bird Haven, Rachel encounters various people whose characters are briefly but effectively introduced to the reader. A murder mystery develops after one of Rachel's more recent acquaintances is found dead.
This is a quick-read murder-mystery with a satisfying amount of character development told at an exciting pace.
I give A Rant of Ravens 3 Goldfinches out of 5.