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Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders

(A Woman of WWII Mystery #1)

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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The start of an exciting new World War II historical mystery series featuring charming, quirky Air Raid Warden Poppy Redfern....

Summer 1942. The world has been at war for three long and desperate years. In the remote English village of Little Buffenden, the Redfern family's house and farmland has been requisitioned by the War Office as a new airfield for the American Air
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Berkley
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Linda
Move over, Nancy Drew. There's a young redhead attired with an Air Raid helmet and binoculars who's been blessed with plenty of spunk and attitude. Kinda finding a foothole in your territory, Girl.

It's the Summer of 1942 and the small English village of Little Buffenden is preparing for air raids by the Germans with blackout curtains and practice routines guiding its inhabitants to underground safety. Poppy Redfern has been commissioned as the Air Raid Warden and she takes her role seriously.
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Literary Soirée
OMG that cover! And OMG is Poppy Redfern fab — a gutsy air warden and amateur detective extraordinaire in the English village of Little Buffenden. This charming mystery, the first in a new Arlen series, is set in 1942 during my fave historical era, the British blitz.

The War Office has taken over Poppy’s family home and farm for an American Air Force airfield. If that’s not troubling enough, two young women involved with American servicemen are found dead. Tension runs high between the locals and
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Literary Soirée
OMG that cover! And OMG is Poppy Redfern fab — a gutsy air warden and amateur detective extraordinaire in the English village of
Little Buffenden. This charming mystery, the first in a new Arlen series, is set in 1942 during my fave historical era, the British blitz.

The War Office has taken over Poppy’s family home and farm for an American Air Force airfield. If that’s not troubling enough, two young women involved with American servicemen are found dead. Tensions run high between the locals and
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Tessa Arlen
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I was raised on stories of the Blitz in London. My fifteen year old father was given a thrashing because he and his cousin sat up on the roof of their house in Greenwich with their Spam sandwiches to watch a dogfight between Messerschmidt and Spitfire fighter planes. His stories and memories in no way diminished the severe deprivation that WWII on the home front brought to the British people--they merely sought to lighten the load of a time of terror, loss and the unshakable belief that Nazi ...more
Anna Lee Huber
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely smashing! Arlen pens a dynamite beginning to a new series, filled with wartime suspense, skillfully wrought emotions, and a liberal dash of romance. Readers will fall in love with clever and quirky Poppy Redfern and the colorful villagers of Little Buffenden, as well as their dashing new neighbors—the American Airmen.
Kathy Martin
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poppy Redfern is the only Air Raid Warden in her town of Little Buffenden. Her family's house and farmland have been requisitioned by the War Office to build a new airfield for the American Air Force. The invasion by American Airmen is a sort of friendly invasion that is resented by many in the isolated and insular town.

Tensions rise even more when two young women who were dating American Airmen are found strangled to death and a third young woman narrowly escapes death. Poppy is one of the few
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Minx
True Rating 3.5 stars!

Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders is the first book in the A Woman of WWII Mystery series and it truly gives the reader a feeling of what life in the English village of Little Buffenden would have been like in the 1940’s during WWII. Protagonist, Poppy Redfern, was a woman who had a mind of her own and I liked her immensely. She was a newly trained Air Raid Precautions (ARP) Warden and she took her job very seriously. With an American airfield having just been built
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Elissa
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can absolutely judge this book by the cover. It's a great cover and a great book. Poppy and her family are well written, as are the other characters. The village setting is wonderful and although I thought I knew who did it early on I continued to second guess myself until the end. A must read for fans of Francis Brody, Anna Lee Huber, Susan Elia MacNeal, and Jacqueline Winspear.
Karyn Silverman
Meh. Figured it out halfway, characters were fine but not amazing. However that (a little ridiculous) ending sets up some more exciting possibilities for the rest of the series.
Kristina
Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders by Tessa Arlen is the first A Woman of WWII Mystery. Poppy Redfern is a spunky woman who has become the Air Raid Warden for Little Buffenden, England. She spends her daytime hours working on a novel featuring her heroine, Ilona Linthwaite and her evening patrolling the village. But then someone begins killing off the young women in the town who are dating American soldiers. Poppy believes the wrong man was arrested for the crime and so does Lt. Griff O’ ...more
Pat
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very promising start to a new series.
Jen
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tessa Arlen also writes the Lady Montfort series in which Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson, her inimitable housekeeper, solve murders in the early 1900's. Since I've enjoyed that series, I was happy to give Poppy Redfern a try.

The book opens with the final stages of Poppy's training to become an Air Raid Warden, giving a view of how those subjected to the nightly bombings in London managed to get to safety during an air raid.

"The wardens had a range of duties, such as advising local people on air
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The Library Lady
I will give Tessa Arlen credit for writing a "review" here (it's more of an explanation of her reasons for the book) without self-rating herself 5 stars, and that saved her a star here.

This is okay, but not great. The details of daily life in WWII England are much better than the mystery. There's a mild red herring or two, but the killer's identity isn't surprising. The "Ilona" bit echoes Charles Todd's character Ian Rutledge. Poppy may not really hear her heroine "Ilona" the way Ian hears the
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Kelly Knapp
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young and new adults
Recommended to Kelly by: won as part of the Goodreads Firstreads giveaways
Poppy's character is well rounded and placed in a well researched setting as part of WWII Britain. Poppy is young, intelligent, and caught in the expectation of the times. She signs up to be air raid warden, which puts her in the position to investigate a couple of murders. But can she solve the crimes before becoming a victim?
Sophia
So much about this book called to me well before I ever cracked open the first page and read the harrowing adventure of an Air Raid Warden training in London during the bombings. First, that cover. I spotted that and I was a goner, but then I read the blurb and caught sight of the series title. A WWII ear historical mystery with a woman heroine. It was a cinch, as the American pilots would have said.

Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders takes the reader to the English village homefront during
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Kidlitter
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Absolutely charming, and just complex enough to be the answer to a librarian's Reader's Advisory prayers. Ahearn plunges us into 1942 World War Two England with brave, chipper, tremendously appealing Air Warden Poppy Redfern shepherding East Enders to safety during an air raid. The British behave so well under duress and deprivation, it's hard to believe a murderer is on the loose back in Poppy's home village of Little
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Criminal Element
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the first entry in her new A Woman of World War II series, Tessa Arlen wastes no time in pulling us into the heart of her dramatic, dangerous setting: the height of WWII, with the Germans busy blitzing England nightly.

Heroine Poppy Redfern has wrapped up her Air Raid Warden training in London and returns home to her picturesque village of Little Buffenden where, she’s sure, things will be far less exciting.

Little Buffenden needs to be prepared for a bombing because of a new American Air Force
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Katherine
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime! 4.5 stars!!!

I love Poppy and I was happy to meet her and her dog, Bess. Poppy is an ARP Warden and she takes her job very seriously. She is smart, responsible, fiesty and she has a lot of pluck. Soon after she begins her job as ARP Warden in Little Buffenden, as a result of murder, Poppy decides to become a sleuth and investigate the crime on her own. Griff, an American pilot, and Poppy become friends and when he's not flying missions, they are both working
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Pamela
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
In the first of a new WWII historical series set in 1942 and featuring Poppy Redfern, a newly graduated Air Raid Warden. Poppy returns to her village, Little Buffenden, to take up her duties of keeping residents in compliance with the blackout rules. Poppy’s village is shocked when a young woman they’ve all known all her life is found murdered in the bushes near the local vicarage. Most of the villagers are convinced that the murderer is a Yank from the newly created nearby air force base Poppy ...more
Stephen
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful read a cracking good murder mystery.

In 1942 England, spunky Poppy Redfern is an air-raid warden in the village of Little Buffenden.
Along with her spirited Welsh herding dog, Bess, she patrols the village making sure blackout curtains are drawn closed.

An American airfield has recently been built on Poppy's grandparent's family land.
The locals have dubbed it the "Friendly Invasion".
Some of them are none to keen on the idea.

When a village girl is found murdered, one who was
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Kelley
ARC received courtesy of Goodreads.com and another from Berkley Publishing

This novel took me forever to finish. The story was good; not like anything I'd read before. The characters seemed very cookie-cutter British to me. The American characters also seemed very cookie cutter. I wasn't able to connect with any of them.

Poppy Redfern is the Air Raid Warden in her very small English village when the Americans build an airbase there. Two young women are murdered shortly thereafter. Poppy tries to
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Melanie
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not usually one for mysteries, but being it's set during World War 2, I was willing to give it a go. I'm glad I did! I loved the little village setting and the various characters that I think anyone who grew up in a small town could attach to someone they know. Really enjoyed it and definitely recommend!
Sharlene
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A true delight of a book. Very much reminded me of Nancy Drew. I adored Poppy and her dog and all the people from the village. Can't wait for more about Poppy.
#action-packed
#easy-to-read
#great world building
#page-turner
#wonderful characters
#unpredictable
Diane
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Poppy Redfern, Tessa Arlen’s new book in what is hopefully a new series. This is a breath of fresh air in the historical fiction genre. I loved Poppy and all of her eccentric and delightful friends. I really liked the contrast between Americans and the English and their view of the War. I loved Ilona - Poppy’s fictional character who helps her discover “who done it.” I look forward to reading more “Poppy” books from this author.
N
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders” written by Tessa Arlen is a cozy historically based mystery set during the Second World War in a small English village. It is a fun, easy read and the characters are described well. You almost feel as if you are there with Poppy and her adorable little dog, Bess, as they traverse the English countryside gathering clues. This is the first in a series with Poppy and her alter ego, Ilona. Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Berkeley Prime Crime for the ...more
Jaclyn
Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders is the perfect historical mystery for those who dislike the grittiness that can by present in WWII fiction. It features a young amateur sleuth, Poppy Redfern, who works to solve the murders of two young women in her English village, alongside the help of an American pilot stationed nearby.

While I appreciated the setting, for me, I thought this one had a tone that didn't match the actual content. Two young women have been murdered, and you never really got
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Mikaela (Booklover1974)
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poppy Redfern is a witty, charming young lady who lives in the little village Little Buffenden, south of London. She's an air warden so she patrols every night in the village, to check so the people respect the blackout, in case the Germans come in their Messerschmitts. The only one that shows up is a murderer that strangle a girl from the village. Poppy starts to investigate...

This may be considered as a cozy mystery but I think it's much more to it. Poppy has a wonderful sense of humor, the
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Sigrid C
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the very definition of a cozy mystery. Poppy Redfern is a plucky (sorry, there's no other word for her) young air raid warden during WWII who's responsible for making sure that her fellow villagers in Little Buffenden remember their blackout curtains. She patrols every night in the dark on her own until a young woman is strangled and her grandparents insist that she is accompanied by the aggravating Sid. Poppy decides to investigate what becomes a series of attacks and spends much of the ...more
Angie
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review can be found here: https://www.criminalelement.com/book-...
Julianne Bailey
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a fun start to a new mystery series! Poppy was a uniquely crafted character, and I think this series is going to go in a fun direction with her new job.

I liked that poppy was an air raid warden, because I don’t think we see those much. I enjoyed the details peppered throughout about rationing, blackouts, etc.

However, I didn’t care for poppy’s comments about small town villagers being narrow minded and judgmental. I love living in a small town myself and found poppy’s comments a little
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TESSA ARLEN, the daughter of a British diplomat, was brought-up and educated in the beautiful Chiltern Hills of England, when she was not visiting her parents oversees in Asia, India and Europe. Her books are set in the pastoral beauty of her native England among its flint-stone villages, softly rolling hills, and airy beech woods.

Greatest influences on Tessa's writing are hands down Kenneth
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