Originally published in 1986, A Bird in the Hand announced Ann Cleeves, now the bestselling author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series, as a brilliant new voice in contemporary crime fiction. Who could have known birdwatching was such a dangerous sport? Young Tom French has been found dead 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, has decided to quietly look into the brutal crime - and he discovers mixed feelings aplenty. Still, he's baffled by a deed that could very well have been motivated by thwarted love, pure envy, or something else altogether. But when he and his fellow "twitchers" flock from Norfolk to Scotland to the Scilly Isles, in response to rumours of rare sightings, George - with help from his lovely wife, Molly - gradually discerns the true markings of a killer. Now, all he had to do was prove it? before the murderer strikes again!