Today’s MMGM Operation Story Share had the feel of an old-fashioned classic—without any of the boring parts! The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell was full of things I loved, things like old mansions, magic, sinister villains, and mysterious family secrets.
Here’s the inside cover blurb:
The Glendoveer mansion was once the magnificent home of a famous magician and illusionist. But now it is crumbling and nearly closed down—home only to the magician’s aging widow, a cage full of exotic birds, a cook, a housekeeper, and the housekeeper’s eleven-year-old daughter, Clara.
Clara loves Mrs. Glendoveer, but the birds in the aviary frighten her—they always seem to screech and squall whenever she’s near. Until one day when the mynah . . . speaks. “Elliot,” he says. “Hurry!”
When Clara asks if the name Elliot means anything, she unwittingly tugs at the edge of a decades-old mystery. She learns the tragic tale of the Glendoveer children, who were kidnapped and later drowned—all but baby Elliot, who was never seen again. No arrest was ever made, but the children’s own father, the great magician, stood accused until his death.
As Clara digs deeper into the Glendoveers’ past, she stumbles onto secrets from her own past as well. Will the mysteries never end? Somehow the birds in the aviary seem to be at the center of it all, and Clara can’t shake the feeling that they are trying to tell her something. If only the mynah would say more than “Elliot!”
Ooooohh! What did I tell you? The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell kept me guessing till the very end. I give it a solid two paws up! And if you read it, I bet you will, too.