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Murder in an English Village

(Beryl and Edwina Mystery #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Anneliese I was also tempted to pick up my red pen... but it's a library book, so I thought better of it! I'm not an English teacher, but apparently I have…moreI was also tempted to pick up my red pen... but it's a library book, so I thought better of it! I'm not an English teacher, but apparently I have those tendencies...(less)
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Juli
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's 1920. England is recuperating from The Great War. In the quiet village of Walmsley Parva, American Beryl Helliwell seeks rest, relaxation and escape from Prohibition. There will be no bathtub gin for Beryl Helliwell! Her former school chum, Edwina Davenport, advertises for a boarder and Beryl jumps on the chance. The English countryside is just what she needs. The only problem is that Beryl is quite vivacious, brash and well, just un-Edwinalike. Edwin is prim, proper and .... very British. ...more
Anna Lee Huber
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mark Baker
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2017
When Edwina’s funds get low enough, she starts advertising for a boarder. Fortunately for her, Beryl sees it. The two women, though very different, are boarding school friends, and this new living arrangement suits them both. But Beryl’s presence in Edwina’s small village creates some gossip, which Beryl fuels by hinting that the two women are actually employed by His Majesty. When someone tries to kill Edwina, the two realize there is a secret to uncover. What might it be?

This book perfectly tr
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Tari
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this from Overdrive for an online book club discussion. I really enjoyed one of the author's contemporary cozy mysteries (that she writes under a different name) so I knew that I would enjoy her historical cozy. It was well plotted and written, definitely read differently from what I'm used to reading, but it made me think more of the Agatha Christie type novel where the sleuth simply questions a lot of people. Being historical, it wasn't as humorous as her other series, but then peop ...more
Dorothy Hodder
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another promising series for fans of cozy mysteries! This first book introduces us to friends Beryl and Edwina, who set out to solve a local murder. Beryl serves as the daring and brash friend, while Edwina is much more reserved. For fans of the Lady Hardcastle mysteries (though there’s less cheekiness in this). The local villagers weren’t quite as fleshed out as I would have liked, so I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series with the hope that we’ll get to know them more!
Fred
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Murder In An English Village is the first book in the Beryl And Edwina Mystery series.

It’s 1920 and Beryl Helliwell, an adventuress has decided that she needs a little peace and quiet and heads to her sleepy childhood village of Walmsley Parva. As she is looking through the local newspaper she notices an advertisement by her childhood friend, Edwina Davenport, for a genteel lodger. Beryl immediately motors over to her friends. She soon learns that Edwina has been having financial difficulties an
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Nicole
Very nice start to (hopefully!!!) a new cozy series set in post-WWI rural England, with two longtime friends - Beryl the famous adventuress and Edwina the quiet spinster - as our lead heroines. The mystery was very well-written (lots of suspects!!!) and I really enjoyed the setting. Absolutely recommend to fans of English cozies! A+
Cathy Daniel
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a charming and wonderful book!! I enjoyed it so much. Edwina & Beryl are so wonderful and such good friends to each other. I love the small post WW1 little English village and the going ons and characters. Great cozy. Can't wait for more!
Marta
This was entertaining enough, but nothing special. I definitely did not suspect the culprit, as the information kept coming slowly. The characters were rather stereotypical, and much of the revelations smacked of melodrama, but I was in the mood for something light and fluffy, and it certainly fit that bill. Shout-out to the superb narration by Barbara Rosenblat. I am not usually a big fan of readers making up voices, but she was so perfect that I completely accepted them as separate characters. ...more
QNPoohBear
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
1920 England: The post-war boom has ended and the economy is in trouble, which is why Miss Edwina Davenport must advertise for a lodger. oh dear! She's never been so embarrassed in her life. Up to now anyway. Little does she know her life is about to take a different and exciting turn when her old school mate Beryl Heliwell, an American adventuress literally crashes into the village of Walmsley Parva! The whole village was gossipping about Edwina's pecuniary difficulties and now they have someth ...more
Gaele
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Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

Edwina Davenport couldn’t be more different from her school-friend, American adventuress Beryl Helliwell, but the proper Englishwoman Edwina needs both a friendship and the money that Beryl provides. Edwina had finally decided to advertise for a lodger, perfect timing for Beryl who wants a quieter pace, removed from her ‘always on show’ life. Seeing the advert, Beryl drives to Walmsley Parva, and reenters Edwina’s life with a bang, literally
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Linda Baker
It's 1920 in England, the Great War is over, but it's devastating effects are still widespread and deeply felt. Beryl Helliwell, much-married and divorced aviatrix and adventurer has returned from her latest headline-grabbing escapade but is feeling at loose ends. While perusing the newspaper, she discovers an advertisement for a lodger in the home of Edwina Davenport in the quiet village of Walmsley Parva. Beryl may be an American, but she went to boarding school in England, and Edwina was her ...more
FangirlNation
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Edwina Davenport gets into reduced circumstances and has to advertise for someone to rent a room from her in Murder in an English Village, set in 1920, by Jessica Ellicott. She is happy when her brash, internationally adventurous famous friend from their youth, Beryll Helliwell, responds to the ad, coming to her rescue both financially and socially. But the same night that Beryll suggests to the local busybody that Edwina has really been serving undercover with Beryll for the king and is setting ...more
Christine Woods
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was a really great Audible read. Well narrated and enjoyed it. A lot like an Agatha Christie whodunnit. If you read it just enjoy the story and don’t even try to figure out whodunnit because it won’t happen.
Jayne
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I got this book at a 2 for 1 sale on Audible, and it was just ok. I wasn’t terribly taken by the characters. Even though cozy mysteries are one of my guilty pleasures, I doubt I’ll read anymore in this series unless I can get them for free.
Katherine
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Cozy mystery that was kind of boring; two former schoolmates reconnect after WWI and investigate a murder in a small English village. Rather than being cute and quaint, it was a bit drab and lacked engaging characters.
Only recommended if you really like cozy mysteries.
Elizabeth
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: england, own
An outstanding first book in a new series.
I kinda pride myself on being able to tell who/what/when/why/how by about the third or fourth chapter, but not this time. Everything was going along swimmingly and I was very satisfied with my sleuthing skills, convinced I knew who-dunnit, and then the author throws a twist in that I never saw coming. From that point on I was totally at the mercy of the author's unfolding plot. I loved it!!
And then, still convinced I knew who-dunnit, everything changed
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Susan Dunn
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, mystery
This book was a real disappointment. The setting, characters and plot sounded like a lot of fun. It didn’t even come close to living up to that potential. The characters are two-dimensional at best and they were anachronistic in the extreme. I usually give a new series the benefit of the doubt and wait to review it until two or three books have been published. This gives the author a chance to develop their characters more fully. This time, I won’t be trying whatever comes next. It’s just not wo ...more
RoseMary Achey
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This period mystery has some charming laugh out loud lines and I totally missed "who done it". A portion of the book moved a bit slowly but overall a fun read.
Lesa
Jessica Ellicott introduces two delightful characters in the first in a new series, Murder in an English Village. Travel back in time to 1920, just after the First World War, or The Great War, as it's called in England. Beryl Helliwell is a famous American adventuress who has piloted planes, married several times, and is quite unhappy when the United States institutes Prohibition. When her former schoolmate, Edwina Davenport, advertises for a lodger, someone to help with expenses at her house in ...more
Kristen
I loved everything about this book! Delightful, start to finish, and I very much hope that the author has plans for more books in this series.

This is your traditional "odd couple" story, and the two very different main characters - Edwina, the polite, slightly down-on-her-luck Brit, and Beryl, the flamboyant, well-off, and brassy American - make for a hugely fun romp of a cozy mystery!

The contrast in Beryl and Edwina make a perfect combination, as it allows for each of them to take the lead at d
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LindaJ^
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england, thriller, series
3.5 rounded up to 4.0

I quite enjoyed this thriller in which 2 middle-age women investigate the disappearance of one girl and the murder of another, when no one else, including the constable, have any desire to do so. Edwina and Beryl attended finishing school together. Now it is 30 plus years later - 1920. Beryl, an American woman who flaunts the traditional role but is tired of the spotlight, sees an advert her finishing school buddy Edwina put in the paper for a boarder. Edwina, frequently rem
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Judith
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first book of what I would call a cozy English village mystery is a hit. The two main characters, Edwina and Beryl complement each other very well and have distinctive characters. The other (usual) suspects in the murder are also nicely and amusingly drawn. The time setting is soon after WWI when Britain is beginning to suffer economic doldrums; this is an unusual time setting so it is interesting to see how Elliott handles it. Equally amusing is the village, which in a sense is "one time fo ...more
Patricia
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Andrea
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Classic Cozy Mystery!
t very much felt like I was watching a great classic mystery movie as I listened to this book on Audible. The narration is excellent!
I loved the mystery, no gore at all, it was fun trying to figure out who did it. I loved Beryl and Edwina's sleuthing skills. I also love the excitement Beryl brought to Ed's life.
I look forward to hearing/reading more of Beryl and Edwina's adventures!
Ellen
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The world traveler and adventurer, Beryl Helliwell, realizes her old friend Edwina is in need of financial assistance when Edwina advertises for a lodger. The setting is post World War I! in a small village in England, where nefarious doings come to the attention of Edwina and Beryl. A fun start to a new cozy mystery series, with two strong female characters. Recommended for cozy lovers.
Donna Craig
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a fun story, and I liked the main characters. I just didn’t get deeply into the story except for a couple of brief spots. I liked it though—it was a fun read with a satisfying ending. Two middle-aged women who went to school together as girls end up investigating a murder in small town England. I enjoyed how they were reinvigorated by the differences between them.
Cheryl
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is set right after WWI in England. Beryl is an American adventuress and not planning on going back to the US until prohibition is over. She sees an advertisement from an old friend Edwina offering a room for borders. Beryl arrives by smashing her new car into Edwina’s doorstep. The small town holds many secrets so they decide to act as private inquiry agents helping figure out where a girl went who disappeared from the Land Army during the war and who killed a local maid.
David Benedict
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Its a classic english cozy mistory, I liked the characters and the story was good. I though it was interesitng on how the auther used the Spanish flu as a story element its not something that is uses much even in contempaory books.
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Jessica Ellicott loves fountain pens, Mini Coopers, and throwing parties. She lives in northern New England where she obsessively knits wool socks and enthusiastically speaks Portuguese with a shocking disregard for the rules of grammar.

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