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Murder Cuts the Mustard

(Beryl and Edwina Mystery #3)

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In the lean years following World War I, brash American adventuress Beryl Halliwell and prim and proper Brit Edwina Davenport form a private inquiry agency to make ends meet, hoping that crime does indeed pay . . .

The latest occurrence to disturb the peace in the quaint English village of Walmsley Parva hits rather too close to home--in fact, the prime suspect has taken
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Mark Baker
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2019
Walmsley Parva is facing yet another murder. It’s now June of 1921, and the body of Hector Lomax has been found in the graveyard. Hector was not a well-liked or respected man in town, and that holds true for Simpkins, Edwina’s elderly gardener. Simpkins was Hector’s brother-in-law, and they shared a house, so naturally, he becomes a suspect in Hector’s death. However, that isn’t the only surprise the day has in store for Simpkins and, by extension, Edwina and Beryl. It quickly becomes clear the ...more
Holly
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
After reading the first three books in the series, this one is probably my favorite. Edwina and Beryl are now running their own investigation agency and starting to make some money. This case runs a little close to home. After a known trouble maker in the small town is murdered, the constable's first suspect is Edwina's very own gardener, Simpkins. Then Jack, their favorite newsboy, father is arrested instead. As a favor to Jack they set out to prove that his father is innocent, even if the ...more
Daniele
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
3.5 stars
MURDE CUTS THE MUSTARD is the entertaining third book in the post-World War I era series featuring former adventuress Beryl and her finishing school chum Edwina. This time around Edwina’s gardener becomes the prime suspect in his ne’er do well brother-in-law’s murder. Beryl and Edwina put on their investigative thinking caps to clear his and another villager’s names and unmask the real killer, all while the body count continues to rise.

I enjoy historical mysteries so Beryl and Edwina
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Murder Cuts the Mustard
Beryl and Edwina Mystery #3
By Jessica Ellicott
ISBN#9781496710543
Author’s website: jessicaellicott.com
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Synopsis:

In the lean years following World War I, brash American adventuress Beryl Halliwell and prim and proper Brit Edwina Davenport form a private inquiry agency to make ends meet, hoping that crime does indeed pay . . .

The latest occurrence to disturb the peace in the quaint English village of
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Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Murder Cuts the Mustard by Jessica Ellicott is the third book in her Beryl and Edwina Mystery series and it is a HUGE hit !!! I fell in love with Beryl and Edwina when Beryl crashed in front of Edwina's house in the first book in this series, Murder in an English Village, and that love grows with every one of these books.

In Murder Cuts the Mustard the story and murder are very close to Edwina when her gardener, Simpkins, is the center of things. First his brother-in-law and roommate, Hector, is
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Fred
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-4
Murder Cuts The Mustard is the third book in the Beryl and Edwina Mystery series.

This is one of my favorite series set shortly after WWI in the quaint little village of Walmsley Parva. Beryl and Edwina have known each other since childhood and have recently met again with Beryl stopping in Walmsley Parva and meets up once again with Edwina. After solving their first murder, Beryl suggests that they start a private inquiry agency. Edwina being a private person has her doubts, but Beryl is finally
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Helen Howerton
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder Cuts the Mustard by Jessica Ellicott is the latest in the Beryl and Edwina series, set in in the quaint English village of Walmsley Parva, where you can’t help but stumble over the occasional body, it seems. Our heroines are front and center, as always. Beryl Helliwell – quite the adventuress. Edwina Davenport – just the opposite. Together they have solved mysteries and caught some bad ‘uns in two earlier books.

This entry involves the death of their gardener’s brother-in-law, an obnoxious
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Fred
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder Cuts The Mustard is the third book in the Beryl and Edwina Mystery series.

This is one of my favorite series set shortly after WWI in the quaint little village of Walmsley Parva. Beryl and Edwina have known each other since childhood and have recently met again with Beryl stopping in Walmsley Parva and meets up once again with Edwina. After solving their first murder, Beryl suggests that they start a private inquiry agency. Edwina being a private person has her doubts, but Beryl is finally
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Susan Johnston
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: This is a rather whimsical historical mystery set not long after WWI. The war has brought many changes and life in the small villages of England will never be the same. Beryl and Edwina are an odd couple. Friends who met at finishing school, Beryl, the American and thoroughly modern woman and Ed the proper English rose form a detective agency they run out of their shared home.
When their gardener is implicated in the murder of his n’er do well brother in law, they feel
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Susan
Beryl, a Yank and Edwina, a Brit share a house in Walmsly Parva and act as private inquiry agents in their not so innocent village. who knew there would be so much to investigate? This time almost literally in their own back yard. Their case involves the death of their gardeners brother in law. It turns out that their gardener has been sleeping in their garden shed and the police come searching for him as he was las seen having a dust up with the dead man. Is it a simple case of a family row or ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walmsly Parva is a quaint, quiet English village. Not. It's 1921 and there's something afoot. Beryl Halliwell, an American, and Edwina Davenport, a Brit, have formed an investigative agency and they've discovered they've got business on their own turf! Edwina's gardener Simpkins is suspected by Constable Gibbs of murdering his brother in law but Edwina is certain that's not the case. Turns out, there's more going on in Walmsly Parva than anyone knew. I'm going to leave it to the reader to figure ...more
Nicole
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Murder Cuts the Mustard is the third adventure featuring Beryl and Edwina, best friends and co-owners of Walmsley Parva's only inquiry agency, and it's just as charming as the first two! When Hector, Simpkins' brother-in-law, is found murdered in the church graveyard the ladies are on the case to discover who killed him. And when Simpkins discovers he's inherited a fortune from a recently deceased mustard tycoon and Walmsely Parva is invaded by the aforementioned tycoon's gold digging widow and ...more
Annarella
This is becoming one of my favorite historical cozy mystery series.
I love Edwina and Beryl and I love the well researched historical background and their mysteries.
It's a gripping, humorous and entertaining read that kept me hooked and made me turn pages as fast as I could.
The mystery is fast paced, full of twists and turns, and it kept me guessing.
I was more than happy to meet again the quirky cast of characters and the character development is excellent as they're all well written and
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Monica
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly delightful return to Walmsley Parva, this is the best so far in the series. Beryl and Edwina are the perfect enquiring team as their personalities and strengths complement each other. It’s an amazing journey watching Edwina and Beryl evolve as as individuals, influenced by each other. Jessica Ellicott writes so vividly you can see yourself walking through the town with them. They are fiercely loyal to their friends and go above and beyond to help Simpkins and the townsfolk. A great ...more
Tisha
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder Cuts the Mustard by Jessica Ellicott (a paperback) What a fun read! Quirky characters, murder suspects galore, and an interesting little town make this an entertaining book. The descriptions and histories of the characters drew me in and made me wish for their friendship. Beryl and Edwina, the owners of a private inquiry agency, search for the murderer of Hector Lomax after Edwina's gardener becomes a prime suspect. The interaction of Beryl and Edwina kept me laughing and the other ...more
Janet Graham
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Women Sleuths Post WWI Britain
This is the third book in a wonderful cozy mystery series set in post-WWI England. The time period is very important as women and the 'lesser classes' had just gotten a small taste of freedom during the war and were not going to hand it back. The mystery is very good and has the reader following the clues as the investigation proceeds. It is a very nice period piece that doesn't dress up the times or stand on any political soapbox. Nicely done! I received this ARC
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Jason
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I lOVE this series! It combines my love of all things British, fun characters and a great mystery. In this third installment, Edwina and Beryl deal with an interloper in the grading shed, ashes on a gravestone and condiments! If you're wondering how all of those things come together to make any sense, you'll have to read the book when it's published. Also-make sure you check out the author's note to check in on the historical context in which the story is set.
Roberta
This book made a nice break from all the romances I have been reading recently. It is a nice cozy crime set in 1921, in which two friends have recently set up a private enquiry agency.

I enjoyed reading this story, although it contains murders, it is light hearted and easy to read. It is not as humorous as I prefer my cozy crime to be, but it is still good fun.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Joyce
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in England after World War 1 this is a cozy mystery.
Beryl Helliwell and Edwina Davenport own a detective agency.When Edwinas gardeners brother in law is found dead after a fight with him,they decide to investigate and prove him innocent.
An easy quick read,I absolutely loved it.
Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for an opportunity to read this ARC.
Homerun2
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

Beryl and Edwina return for another charming adventure. This odd couple, an adventurous American and a somewhat proper Brit, were students together and have become roommates and business partners in an investigative agency. The post World War 1 setting is well done and the affectionate but sometimes exasperated relationship between the two women is appealing.

Edwina's elderly gardener has been accused of murder so the two are motivated to solve this case. As always, they must mesh their
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Samantha McNulty
3

This is such a great cozy mystery! Despite not reading the previous two novels in this series, I soon found myself totally engrossed in the story. The two main protagonists are chalk and cheese, but as a sleuthing pair they work really well together.
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Persis
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
A fun series set in post WW1 England. Light and cozy with likable characters. The audio version is great because the reader does all the accents.
Mary Steinbrink
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy this series more and more with each book. Great characters and a really interesting tone period and location.
Heather Bennett
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder Cuts the Mustard is a cozy mystery. The characters are well developed and interesting. The storyline is entertaining.
Laurie
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This was a fun read. A light hearted cozy with engaging characters and the added joy of being set in the Edwardian Era. Well done.
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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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