Murder in an English Village
As friends, the boisterous and brash American Beryl couldn't be less alike than the prim and proper British Edwina. But as sleuths in an England recovering from the Great War, they're the perfect match . . .1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.For over three decades, Edwina Davenport has lived comfortably in Walmsley Parva, but the post-World War I bust has left her in dire financial straits and forced her to advertise for a lodger. When her long-lost school chum Beryl arrives on her doorstep--actually crashes into it in her red motorcar--Edwina welcomes her old friend as her new roommate.But her idyllic hometown has a hidden sinister side, and when the two friends are drawn in, they decide to set up shop as private inquiry agents, helping Edwina to make ends meet and satisfying Beryl's thirst for adventure. Now this odd couple will need to put their heads together to catch a killer--before this sleepy English village becomes their final resting place . . .Advance praise for MURDER IN AN ENGLISH VILLAGE "You'll love this delightful new series about two ladies of a certain age who refuse to let Society's expectations hold them back from bringing a killer to justice. The very British Edwina and the too American Beryl are a wonderfully mismatched pair who will keep you turning pages until they solve the crime." --Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in the Bowery"Remember the name Jessica Ellicott. Her deftly executed debut novel, in which two female amateur detectives, one American and one English, work together to solve an old mystery and a new murder in post-World War I England, is a delight from start to finish. The characters are interesting, the plot is intriguing, and there is the added attraction of a cute little dog. What more could fans of historical cozies ask for?" --Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of Murder in a Cornish Alehouse"Absolutely delightful. Readers will fall in love with this intrepid new pair of sleuths as they sniff out the secrets hiding just beneath the surface of even the most unassuming English village." --Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries

Murder in an English Village Details

TitleMurder in an English Village
Author
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496710505
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Historical, Historical Fiction

Murder in an English Village Review

  • Anna Huber
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely delightful. Readers will fall in love with this intrepid new pair of sleuths as they sniff out the secrets hiding just beneath the surface of even the most unassuming English village.
  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    Like all good murder mysteries, this is a solid character study; in this case, the subjects are an English village and its people after World War I. The effects of the war play an integral part in the plot—one character wears a tin mask to cover his horribly disfigured face; women and men are trying to return to the lives they lived before the war, but those lives are gone and that's not all bad; the central characters are both women who never did follow the accepted path and don't intend to sta Like all good murder mysteries, this is a solid character study; in this case, the subjects are an English village and its people after World War I. The effects of the war play an integral part in the plot—one character wears a tin mask to cover his horribly disfigured face; women and men are trying to return to the lives they lived before the war, but those lives are gone and that's not all bad; the central characters are both women who never did follow the accepted path and don't intend to start now, to the dismay and disapproval of the men who think they should run things. The unraveling of the crimes is clever, somewhat unexpected, and worth the read. The value of the book, though, is in its depiction of a time in history when people said "never again" to the idea of a war.
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  • Dorothy Hodder
    January 1, 1970
    If someone tried to choke you with your own scarf as you walked your dog in your own garden the night after a mischievous friend put it about that you and she were investigating shady dealings in bucolic Walmsley Parva, would you then start seriously investigating instead of calling the local police constable? If you discovered your housemaid obviously murdered and dumped in a muddy field, would you simply roll your eyes and investigate on your own when the admittedly closed-minded, incompetent If someone tried to choke you with your own scarf as you walked your dog in your own garden the night after a mischievous friend put it about that you and she were investigating shady dealings in bucolic Walmsley Parva, would you then start seriously investigating instead of calling the local police constable? If you discovered your housemaid obviously murdered and dumped in a muddy field, would you simply roll your eyes and investigate on your own when the admittedly closed-minded, incompetent police constable ruled the death accidental, instead of calling for a supervisor up the line in London? And if someone walked in your unlocked front door a couple of days later, bashed you on the back of your head as you sat at your desk, and stole the Great War-era ledgers and journals you were combing for clues, would you continue investigating instead of consulting Scotland Yard or at least paying more attention to locking up? And would you and your friend blithely continue to split up to cover more ground with your investigations, each of you walking alone into suspects' lairs and asking baldfaced leading questions, even after you had been attacked twice already? If not, you are obviously not ready to star as an amateur lady sleuth in a cozy English village mystery. Edwina Davenport and her American schoolgirl chum turned international adventuress Beryl Helliwell carry on intrepidly in the style of Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher, and survive to uncover nefariousness and foil amateur thuggery another day in what one assumes may become a new series. I read an advance uncorrected edition.
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott was an enjoyable historical cozy mystery. The writing is descriptive as readers are introduced to Beryl, American advenutress, and Edwina, British woman of a higher social class, and the village of Walmsley Parva after WWI. Beryl and Edwina met in school and then drifted apart. Now Beryl is looking for some quiet in her life and Edwina needs some monetary help as England is recovering during the post war era. The story is smoothly paced and well w Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott was an enjoyable historical cozy mystery. The writing is descriptive as readers are introduced to Beryl, American advenutress, and Edwina, British woman of a higher social class, and the village of Walmsley Parva after WWI. Beryl and Edwina met in school and then drifted apart. Now Beryl is looking for some quiet in her life and Edwina needs some monetary help as England is recovering during the post war era. The story is smoothly paced and well written and there was actually more than one mystery to be solved in this book. I did find that a couple of times during the story I stopped reading because I was questioning their common sense as they continued to split up during their "investigation". However, the characters were well developed and Walmsley Parva was a fine example of village life in England during it's WWI recovery. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own. My rating is 3.5 stars.
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  • Kelly Young
    January 1, 1970
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and am very happy I did! This is a very well written cozy mystery set in the 1920's, providing a compelling look into the life of people in Britain while recovering from the first world war.There are a number of characters major and minor, yet all are well explored. You get to know the two heroines the most, of course, and they are fascinating and entertaining. It is refreshing as well to have the main characters a bit older than usual.The mystery itself is fas I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and am very happy I did! This is a very well written cozy mystery set in the 1920's, providing a compelling look into the life of people in Britain while recovering from the first world war.There are a number of characters major and minor, yet all are well explored. You get to know the two heroines the most, of course, and they are fascinating and entertaining. It is refreshing as well to have the main characters a bit older than usual.The mystery itself is fast paced, with lots of twists and turns, and keeps you guessing right to the end.If you like cozy mysteries, especially those set in the 20's such as those by Lee Strauss or Leighann Dobbs, I highly recommend this book. I hope to see more of these characters and the book certainly seems to be setting up a series.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    1920 and in the village of Walmsley Parva Edwina Davenport gets more than she bargained for when old friends Beryl Helliwell replies to her advertisement for a lodger. Trying to help out her friend Beryl insinuates that they are detectives looking into the secrets of the village, not helped by the total ineptitude of the local untrained constable.An unlikely pair, but a delightful pair, a well-written easy to read mystery and look forward to reading the next in the seriesA NetGalley Book
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this. It was a delightful read, honestly. Just what I want in a cozy mystery. Beryl is delightfully fun, Edwina sweet and warm, and together both of them make a brilliant, intelligent pair. I may have guessed who the "villain" was about halfway through, but honestly, that's a good thing when it comes to me. I usually guess that way earlier. All in all a really enjoyable read. Perfect for a rainy weekend with a cup of tea.
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  • Brenda Freeman
    January 1, 1970
    Beryl and Edwina make a great new duo in the mystery genre. Edwina has some money troubles and to get the town to talk about something else, Beryl tell them they are detectives for the queen. That starts a series of inquiries and crimes. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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  • Mary Beth
    January 1, 1970
    A fun little mystery set in a charming little English village. I enjoyed the story very much and look forward to reading more by this author. This was an ARC book and so I can't comment on the grammar and such because it wasn't finished being edited. It definitely needs edited.
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  • nikkia neil
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC.Love the cozy murder mystery. Who said a english village has nothing going on? This novel is a great start to a series with many paths it can take.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this new cozy mystery I won from goodreads. Story was set in post WWI England. Clean. Kept you guessing until the end. I'm looking forward to the next one. Recommended.
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