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The Secluded Village Murders

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Written in the style of a classic British Mystery with a contemporary young American woman as the amateur sleuth. Entertaining. Keeps you guessing until the end.

From a small secluded village in Connecticut to the English Countryside, readers are taken on a roller coaster of events and quirky characters as amateur sleuth Emily Ryder tries to solve a murder that everyone th
Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Boutique of Quality Books
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Gail C.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to and for providing me with an advance digital copy of The Secluded Village Murders in exchange for an unbiased review. The opinions here are entirely my own.

After reading the first page, I really wanted to like this book. It starts off at a rapid rate, and plunges the reader into the story. As I continued with the book, I began to feel I had begun in the middle of a story instead of the beginning and was constantly playing catch-up, with little or no s
Pat Eroh
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lost an awful lot during this story. For the most part, I couldn't understand who Emily was talking about and what she was waiting for. Then, I'd catch up and immediately I'd get lost again. While the story is wonderful and I did enjoy it when I caught up overall (in the end), I really think that perhaps a little detail or introduction of characters. I mean, who was Chris for the first 6 chapters? I had no idea, only that he was old and fell and was in critical condition. In fact, by chapt ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Tour guide Emily Ryder is just days away from heading across the pond for a scheduled tour. Before she leaves, she promises to keep an eye on her mom’s B&B when developers coming snooping around wanted to develop an apartment/entertainment complex right next door. When a beloved friend meets an untimely death, Emily believes it is murder. Chris was the village planner and he seemed to be standing in the way the development company building their new complex. With his death, another person ta ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Secluded Village Murders, author Shelly Frome weaves an intriguing cozy mystery that follows the amateur sleuth adventures of tour guide Emily Ryder as she tries to solve the murder of Chris Cooper, her beloved mentor / father figure.

Emily is making final preparations for a guided tour to the United Kingdom with the eccentric elderly Curtis siblings Harriet, Silas, and Prudence that includes a "twinning" fete between their hometown of Lydfield, Connecticut and it's sister village Lydfield
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: small town mystery fans
Recommended to Molly by: Booksprout
criminal enterprise looking to destroy gorgeous small town communities turns lethal for this tour guide and her bed and breakfast owning mother.

how far has this terror and destruction spread?

will it cost her more than the death of he dear mentor?

faith, community spirit and yankee ingenuity, as well as yankee stubborn determination - is it enough to save them?

touching and terrifying

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Ruthie Jones
"No regrets. Stick to it, read the situation. The game will tell you what to do."

The Secluded Village Murders is definitely reminiscent of those British mysteries that entertain and keep you guessing all the way through. This little mystery is full of twists and turns, which can make things confusing at times but no less interesting.

Emily tries hard to get a handle on the murder of her mentor, but she is constantly pulled in every direction and thwarted at every turn. I was exhausted for her as
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
By Shelly Frome

Emily Ryder is feeling the pressure. She's preparing to take three elderly squabbling siblings across the pond for a village fete. It's not just any fete either. Lydfield-in-the-Moor in England is the twin city of Lydfield, Connecticut and the fete is celebrating the twinning of the two towns. In addition to preparing for this cross Atlantic tour, Emily is keeping an eye on her mother's B&B. It's not easy keeping her excitable mother calm when thin
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good mystery and this certainly fit the bill! This book pulled me in right from the start and didn't let go all the way through. I even shoved some work aside so I could finish it today but it was worth it. The story is about a woman named Emily Ryder, a tour guide who witnesses her friend fall to his death off of a roof one rainy morning. Emily urges the police to investigate the death as a murder because of the suspicious circumstances surrounding the fall but they don't want to liste ...more
Gina Burgess
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I didn't know that Shelly Frome is male before I read this book. I have sort of a prejudice against male writers trying to get inside female heads and making the character believable. Female writers trying to get inside male heads gives me almost the same shudders, but not quite.

Therefore, I was surprised when I went to review this book and there's a photo of the author! A professor no less. While there wasn't quite the kind of female introspection in this story as in stories written b
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought the premise of this book was great, I liked the idea of ‘twinning’ villages but unfortunately, for me, the story fell flat and it was an effort to finish the book. I wasn’t 100% sure why there was a need for the twinning aspect of the book with regards to the murders which seemed a shame.

There was so much going on it made it hard to keep everything in line, overall it was a bit confusing. I often felt that I had missed a chapter or two and had to re-read sections because things suddenl
Laura Reading
Tour guide Emily Ryder is used to taking happy, excited groups on adventures. The tour she has lined up next is anything but her typical experience.
Early on in the story you meet people who are very dear to Miss Emily, and a couple who will, by the end of the story, wish to know her better. You will also get a quirky image of the villagers and residents of Lydfield, CT. as well as an impression of a development company desiring to change the face of this community.
A bit bleak, as everyone seems
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel has a complex plot written in the British mystery style. The characters were drawn well even though there were a few quirky ones I did not understand. I found the author's writing style a little hard to follow. The narrative jumped around a bit and there were times when I thought I had missed part of it. I found myself rereading paragraphs because of it. I did learn about twinning, where New England town residents travel to England to visit a town with the same name. Readers who enjoy ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Are they accidents or murders? They’re happening in small villages on both sides of the Atlantic.

How are they tied together and how on earth did Emily manage to get caught up in the middle of them?

I kept telling her to just cancel her trip and stay home. Quit her job if need be. She didn’t listen to me.

These people have her run ragged while in the UK and she can’t get any help from the local constable. Same thing back in Connecticut. Law enforcement back there just blew her off, too.

Quite a mess
Cheryl Malandrinos
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Secluded Village Murders is a fun read. It takes readers into the worlds of small town politics and big developers and then through the beauty of England. It explores family relationships, secrets, and the possibility of romance. There were moments when I was a bit confused as to what was going on, but overall it was a satisfying read. The characters are believable and create emotional responses from the reader throughout. Can't say I saw the end coming, but it all made sense once it was wra ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and well-plotted, if a little convoluted with respect to characters. There were quite a few in this, most of which, I imagine, will reappear in the next book, and they do need to be established, after all. I quite liked the MC, Emily, and hope she will continue to lead rambles and tours in the UK. The author describes the area around Dartmoor in great detail, as well as an area in London, so he obviously has a great eye for observation.

Overall, a bit slow to start, but it picked up its
Florida Debi
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book. I loved the mystery and how it all wrapped up at the end. I didn't see the ending coming, at all. Some of the phrases (turn of phrase) and words were unfamiliar, so some parts were hard to follow. Overall, not a bad book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a delightful story. There is mystery and murder. It was said it was an accident but she is not so sure about it. She wants to find out what is really going on. Will she find the truth? See if she will

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
T Olsen
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a story with a timeline. That's the best I can say. The book does not evoke any emotions (except maybe boredom), there are too many stupid characters (including the policemen) and there's a miniscule amount of suspense.
Lisa books
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A cute cozy mystery with interesting characters and wonderful British country side. A quaint who don't it in classic British lituare .
Karen Turner
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the mystery and how it worked out in the end. At some points I found it hard to follow though. Wouldn't mind reading more from the author.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Some of the story was confusing and other times I felt that the book had too much detail that was not needed. Character development was needed as well.
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Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Constant forward motion will keep you reading to the end, and colorful, believable characters will keep you guessing to the end! Good read!
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