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

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

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

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

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

©2018 Mildred Abbott (P)2018 Mildred Abbott / Brandon Witt

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A good read

This is a well constructed story with a great variety of characters.

With a good Narrator this is an entertaining experience.




This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Fred and Watson save the day again!

Fred and Watson are trying to enjoy the grand opening of the Cozi Corgi but Freds vision of the moment is complicated as she finds herself struggling between the affections of the cop and the ranger on opening night. She and Watson are settling in to their new life in Estes when they end up participating in the bird club’s night snowshoe hike. The night is “fowled” up when one of the members of the exclusive club is murdered. I love this series, the characters are enjoyable and engaging and the narration is perfect! I cant wait to see what else the two and company manage to get themselves into, not to mention which suiter Fred chooses. I look forward to more Cozi Corgi stories! Keep them coming! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Highly creative mystery

In <strong>Bickering Birds</strong> by
Mildred Abbott, Winifred "Fred" Page and her corgi sidekick, Watson, gets involved in yet another murder in her new hometown of Estes Park, Colorado. On the day that her new bookstore, The Cozy Corgi, opens, Myrtle Bantam and the 12 members of her Feathered Friends Brigade come in. After Myrtle tastes the delicious baked goods made by Fred's partner, Katie, she hires Katie to cater the next meeting of the Brigade. Before they know it, Fred and Katie are joining the group, along with park ranger Leo, on a night bird walk through the Rocky Mountain National Park. However, just as they enjoy seeing some elk, a scream pierces the air and scares the elk away. The club curmudgeon, prone to accusing everyone in the group in turn of poaching, has been murdered.

Fred has solved a couple murders in the recent past, so the man she has been seeing, Police Sgt. Branson Wexler, approasches her to order her not to get involved. What a big mistake! Fred gets so enraged at the order that she sets out to solve the case before Branson can do so. But as always, it is Watson who truly saves the day.

I have had fun listening to the Cozy Corgi Mysteries, and <strong>Bickering Birds</strong> is a good addition to the books. As someone who personally has a hate- love relationship with a parrot, even I found myself feeling sympathetic towards the birds of the title. The book drew me to appreciate Watson all the more, making me cheer as Watson saves the day.

Angie Hickman narrates the audio edition of this book and gives a strong performance. She plays the role of Fred, who gives a first- person narrative of the book, with the flavor and energy one might picture coming from Fred. Her depictions of the dignified Watson's inner voice add to the fun.

<strong>Bickering Birds</strong> proved to be a fun, clever book with a unique angle. Abbott exercises creativity in her plots, something I have come to fully enjoy.

<strong>Disclaimer:</strong> I received this book for free for review purposes, but that had no effect on the content of my review.

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  • Jan M
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Delightful Listen!

I so enjoy the Cozy Corgi series featuring Fred and Watson. Mildred Abbott has done an impeccable job with the vivid imagery of Estes Park in this series and the endearing characters. I so enjoy how the characters are developed and that the book is a standalone listen, and yet a continuation of the series. Angie Hickman brings the characters to life with her voice and expressions. Bickering Birds is full of some unexpected twists, and has a wonderful ending. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Great Cozy Murder Mystery Series

I found this story to be very entertaining. I have really gotten into the mystery genre and even more with the cozy mysteries because they are just a cleaner read but some come off a bit predictable. This story however was not predictable which made it even more fun. Mildred Abbott does a great job with her plots, comic relief, interesting characters and keeping you guessing. I will definitely be watching for more by this author. Angie does a great job with the narration, she's entertaining to listen to and really just makes you glad you are listening to it instead of reading it yourself.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A cute cozy with an adorable pup!

This is my first book in this series and it was so easy to jump right in & understand all the dynamics with ease. I’m a dog lover too, so this book was extra charming for me, and if you’re an animal lover too then it’s such a cute touch! The mystery was well molded & the narration was crisp and very enjoyable! I’m going to go back and buy the prior books now! I was gifted this book & left an honest review

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  • KD
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good for the kids

lighthearted and fun, good for kids

Sometimes i need to listen to something that i would not normally listen too because i know the kids need something more lighthearted

don't expect complex, don't expect depth. Just expect fun and lightheartedness.

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Nice cozy mystery

This book is a nice listen. The story is in line with what you would expect from a cozy mystery; very little violence, but plenty of suspects. The narrator did a very good job of annunciation and bringing distinction to the characters voices, with her tone perfect for the main character.
The story involves a bird club, whose members include a founder with a great appreciation for Kakapo parrots, a bird which I would have liked the book to explain more about. My own research after listening to Bickering Birds found it is quite an interesting bird.
Some of the main characters motivations (abandons her brand new book store to go investigating, out of spite), are a stretch, but all in all, a simple, easy listen, with good narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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A very enjoyable series.

This is the third book in the series and I am enjoying the easy listening of these books. I really like the main character Fred, her friend Kate, and Fred's Corgi Watson. The narration is spot on, too. Do I sense a love triangle in the works? If so, I'm routing for the park ranger! I was given a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would leave a review.

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An Entertaining Cozy Mystery

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the 3rd book in the Cozy Corgi Mysteries. I have not read the previous two books in this series and found that I had no problem following along. However, numerous references are made to events which had occurred in the previous two novels. While you don't have to read the prior books before reading this one to enjoy it, it is clear that a lot of character development occurred in the prior two novels - for instance, the main character Fred (a woman) had been married, got divorced, and started dating during the course of the other books. That notwithstanding, I still enjoyed this book.

Here, Fred has just opened a business with her partner Katie -- a bookstore with a bakery. At the opening, they meet Mildred, the head of the Feathered Friends Brigade - a bird aficionado club. Through the course of Fred's and Katie's dealings with Feathered Friends, one of the members is murdered. While Fred is initially a bit reluctant to become involved in the investigation, it does not take much encouragement for her to begin her own investigation.

I really enjoyed the descriptive imagery of the park and the relationships between the characters plus there is a possible love triangle brewing. Mostly, I liked Fred's interactions with her Corgi Watson and Watson's involvement in the case. Overall, the book was a fun way to spend an afternoon. All of this has certainly piqued my interest to read the first two books and continue with this series.

The narrator, Angie Hickman, does a great job and made listening to this book an entertaining experience.