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Murder Flies the Coop

(Beryl and Edwina Mystery #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  715 ratings  ·  111 reviews
One would hardly call them birds of a feather, but thrill-seeking American adventuress Beryl Helliwell and quietly reserved Brit Edwina Davenport do one thing very well together--solve murders . . .

Sharing lodging in the sleepy English village of Walmsley Parva has eased some of the financial strain on the two old school chums, but money is still tight in these lean years
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Mark Baker
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, mystery
Lifelong friends Beryl and Edwina are still trying to figure out how to earn more income when they hit on the idea of opening an inquiry agency. And their first case comes from the local vicar. It seems a member of the local pigeon racing club has vanished, along with club funds and several birds. Did the man take off with everything? If so, can Beryl and Edwina find him?

It was wonderful to be visiting this dynamic duo again in 1921 England. Beryl and Edwina are such opposites, but their differe
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Edwina Davenport and Beryl Helliwell in the first book in Jessica Ellicott's Beryl and Edwina Mystery series, Murder in an English Village and I became a devoted fan after reading the second book in this amazing series, Murder Flies the Coop.

Not only does Ellicott paint a wonderful picture of the friendship between these two old friends but she also provides the reader with a quaint little English village to escape to. In this second installment in this series we are witnesse
Cathy Daniel
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as charming as the first book. I enjoy the characters but didn't care for the mystery in this one.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder Flies The Coop is the second book in the A Beryl and Edwina Mystery series.

This is becoming one of my favorite series. The main characters, Beryl Helliwell and Edwina Davenport are a wonderful duo, even if they might be as different as night and day, they work very nicely together. In addition, there is a wonderful collection of personalities that make up the residents of Walmsley Parva. Some of the residents are Minnie Mumford, owner of the local tearoom, Prudence Rathbone, owner of a ca
After their successful murder investigation the previous autumn, Beryl and Edwina, short on funds, have decided to form a private investigations agency in their sleepy little village of Walmsley Parva. At first glance, locating the missing pigeon club treasurer seems like an easy task, but once they find him murdered everything changes. Add in a small fortune in missing jewels, adultery, and an Aussie reporter, and Jessica Ellicott has created a perfectly lovely mystery in Murder Flies the Coop. ...more
Beryl and Edwina are at loose ends after solving a missing persons case and a murder back in the autumn. Their finances are low again as Beryl's demands for her ex-husbands' alimony are met with silence. Surely something will come their way. Simpkins, Edwin's gardner, has a suggestion. He thinks the ladies should set themselves up as private enquiry agents. He even has a client lined up for them. The vicar and president of the long distance pigeon racing club has a problem. One of his club membe ...more
I love this series!! I loved the first book, and I loved book 2 even more! This is a super fun cozy series.

First off if you like the "small English town peopled with 'characters'" type of cozy mystery then you should check this out. It is the quintessential example of that sort of setting. All the people who live Walmsley Parva are characters in the best sense of the word. They are quirky, charming and amusing, and act as the perfect foils for our pair of sleuths.

And our pair of main characters
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder Flies the Coop, Jessica Ellicott’s new 1920s mystery, has charm in abundance as well as a distinctly British character.  Beryl Helliwell, the American adventuress, and her friend Edwina are opposites in many ways, but they are also fast friends with a talent for solving mysteries.  But being independent women has a downside - a dire lack of funds. When the vicar comes to them with a problem he wishes solved discretely, it suggests another option- becoming private detectives.  A member of ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found the mystery intriguing and was surprised by the ending. Though the mystery was intriguing I found Edwina and Beryl the best part of the book. I love their personalities, their differences and their friendship. Edwina tends to see things in black or white. Though rule abiding she stands up for something if it is more right than the rule. Edwina finds herself questioning the way the class system has worked. World War I has brought changes to that class system and Edwina finds herself quest ...more
Altivo Overo
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers, dorothy sayers fans
Shelves: humor, mystery
Dashingly well done

Very well researched, very very English and proper. Featuring ladylike (well, mostly) detectives, and engagingly voiced by Barbara Rosenblat. Puzzle well solved and not an easy one.

For the fan of the "civilized" mystery, this is not a shoot and run thriller. Resembles Miss Read, or the more cerebral of the Dorothy Sayers mysteries with Lord Peter.

(Note that despite the chickens on the audiobook cover, the birds in this story are racing pigeons and the coops are pigeon coops.)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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Brenda Freeman
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun filled mystery featuring Beryl and Edwina. Who killed the pigeon racer? These two ladies start a detective agency after their last adventure and are hired to find missing jewels and the missing racer. The best part of series is watching characters change. The ladies are finding that they are different but have some of the same qualities.

This is a fun series. These two ladies are women I would love to know IRL. Hope this is going to be a long series.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like the first book in this series it is a bit slow in starting, but once it gets going it does hold my interest.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible-s
Good summer read
Stephanie Luce
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fun book by Jessica Ellicott. I highly recommend this British cozy mystery set in the English countryside.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cosy-mystery
This book is like a female Midsummer Mystery. It's charming has some red herrings and characters that are good friends.It is a bit slow paced but l enjoyed it.
Anna Fox
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I was never able to get into this book. I felt the pace was slow and I just couldn't connect to the characters. I didn't care who did the murder or why they did it. I stopped reading it just over 1/2 way through and I hate doing that.

I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beryl and Edwina are back in their second mystery in the English village of Walmsley Parva. As the result of financial concerns, Beryl and Edwina decide to start a private inquiry business after the vicar hires the ladies to find a missing man, along with pigeons and a significant amount of money. Of course they accept the case and soon find themselves embroiled in pigeon racing, missing jewels, a mine with unhappy workers and several characters with motive for murder.
I like this series. Beryl,
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and I loved this book.
The historical settings is well researched, the cast of characters is funny and likeable.
The plot was a bit slow at the beginning but it kept me hooked and guessing till the end.
Ifound really interesting the mix of comedy of manner, mystery, and social criticism.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A nice, complicated mystery, suitable for teens as well as adults, set in early 20th century England, it provided half a month of bedtime reading or would fill a long weekend.
Kay Garrett
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-read
MURDER FLIES THE COOP by Jessica Ellicott is the second book in the Beryl and Edwina Mystery series. It’s a story of the adventures of two elderly old friends, Beryl Helliwell and Brit Edwina. After Beryl moved back to Walmsley Parva, they’ve been sharing accommodations to help with expenses during the lean years after the war.

Edwina is a very reserve and proper English lady that’s never married. On the other hand, Beryl is an America with somewhat of a free spirit having been married and divorc
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
“Murder Flies the Coop” is the second adventure featuring Berly Helliwell and Edwina Davenport. One would hardly call them birds of a feather, but thrill-seeking American adventuress Beryl Helliwell and quietly reserved Brit Edwina Davenport do one thing very well together—solve murders . . .

Sharing lodging in the sleepy English village of Walmsley Parva has eased some of the financial strain on the two old school chums, but money is still tight in these lean years following the Great War. All o
Linda Baker
Funds are tight again for old school friends and living companions, Edwina Davenport and Beryl Helliwell. On the surface, the two make a very odd couple: Beryl a brash, much-married and divorced American globe-trotter, and Edwina, a spinster who has lived in sleepy Walmsley Parva all her life. But the two formed a strong friendship at their shared boarding school, and they live comfortably together. Beryl, in particular, is enjoying being part of village life after never belonging anywhere. Edwi ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

“I’m afraid such publicity leads me to conclude you’ve had a shocking influence on me, Beryl. Edwina picked up her knitting once more, a mischievous smile spread across her face. “I could not be more pleased.”

The second installment in the Beryl and Edwina Mystery series was an absolute hit for me – I loved it even more than the first! I loved seeing the relationship develop between the two friends
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This second adventure for odd couple Beryl and Edwina doesn't disappoint. We first met the two unlikely friends when Beryl Halliwell, American adventuress and long-ago schoolmate of Edwina Davenport, became a lodger of Edwina's and saved her from financial peril.

Beryl is flamboyant, flirtatious, street smart, fearless, and unconventional. Edwina is British, reserved, intelligent, and decorous. But after a successful outcome to their first investigation, they decide to form a private detective ag
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a delightfully odd couple. Beryl is an American adventuress who has been looking for a change of pace. She has moved in with her former classmate, Edwina, a very proper British lady, in the village of Walmsley Parva. After hanging out their shingle as private inquiry agents and finding that they are pretty good at investigating, another investigation comes their way.
Pigeon fanciers race their birds and now the club president, who is the vicar, needs help. The club treasurer seems to have fl
Helen Howerton
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Murder Flies the Coop is the second in the series by Jessica Ellicott, featuring Beryl Helliwell and Edwina Davenport, one an erstwhile explorer and the other a middle aged English lady. Both have unique characteristics they bring to the fore in the stories, in their new found venture as “enquiry agents.” This time our intrepid duo are after a scofflaw who’s absconded with funds and some prized pigeons. That seems easy enough -- but then murder becomes involved. And our ladies are into the thick ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Listened to this audio book and enjoyed it except for the word "said" being used 100x a minute. Oh my goodness! Find a thesaurus please!! I've been told by an author friend that they are discouraged from using synonyms for "said" as it makes them look amateurish, but I really hope in the age of audio books that that approach will be reconsidered. "replied" "answered" "murmured" anything but "said" over and over again.

Also, I was a bit confused at the end. I don't think it was ever explained why
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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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