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Set in a charming British village during World War II, Stephanie Graves' new charming historical mystery introduces Olive Bright, a spirited young pigeon fancier who finds herself at the heart of a baffling murder...

Though war rages across mainland Europe and London is strafed by German aircraft, the little village of Pipley in Hertfordshire bustles along much as it always
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 29th 2020 by Kensington
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Blaine DeSantis
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you Kensington Books and Net Galley for this free advance copy of the book in return for my honest opinion. I like Kensington Books, and most I give high marks to, but this one does not hit the mark for me. Has a ton of potential with a super interesting topic - the pigeon service used by England to get messages through the lines when conventional means are not available. But from the very first sentence the book just was flat for me. Not that much good dialogue, too many descriptions of p ...more
Judy Lesley
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, britain, espionage
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an e-galley of this novel.

I'm giving this book a 3 star rating even though it read slightly lower on the evaluation scale than that because I see so much potential for a good, long series. The concept was just about glowing with potential. I've never read a novel which featured the role of carrier pigeons during World War II so I was really looking forward to this. Except that role for the pigeons was so short and almost inconsequential that I coul
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linda hole
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I an sorry to say i did not like this book. It was too confusing to read. Not a completely Hf or a mystery. What was it. 🤔
Mallory
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I was really excited to read hits book. I find the use of pigeons in the war effort fascinating and have never read anything with a similar idea. I loved the character of Olive who was funny, smart, determined, and caring. There were some other great supporting cast members like Jonathan, Poppins (the pigeon), and Jamie. This story had so much potential but unfortunately for me it fell flat. I think the fact that this book was a historical fiction about a fascinating new angle and a mystery prev ...more
Dawn Michelle
I was so looking forward to this book - I have read many wartime books and both historical fiction and historical mysteries and none of them have ever addressed the topic of this book - the raising and using of pigeons for communication in the war. I was totally excited to learn more about this while also being wrapped up in a mystery as well. Unfortunately, I was massively disappointed.
First, I had a narrator, that while English and well-spoken, was bland and without much inflection in her vo
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Ashley
Dec 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
Oh wow! This book is simply amazing! It is entertaining, cozy-mysterious, witty, entertaining, heartfelt, and full of twists and turns! Whenever I picked up "Olive Bright, Pigeoneer", I was whisked away on a journey like nothing I have read before!

This is the first book I have read by Stephanie Graves, and it certainly won't be my last. She brilliantly weaves history and historical fiction together, and truly knows how to bring a story and characters to life before the readers' eyes. I could env
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Literary Soirée
I adored this truly unique WWII hf mystery debut featuring young Olive Bright and her racing pigeons. Who knew that pigeons played such a critical role as wartime messengers? As conflict looms, Olive desperately wants to help but finds herself stuck in a small English village. She thrills when her birds are tapped to carry secret British messages, and uses her spunk and smarts to solve a thorny village murder. A delightful start to what could be a smashing Netflix series.

5 of 5 Stars

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Robin
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel is more of a village cozy than a war novel, though it’s set at the start of WWII in the tiny British village of Pipley. The heroine, Olive, longs to enlist as a FANY (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry), but she’s tethered to home, helping her father with her stepmother, who has MS, as well as with a young war refugee, Jonathon. She also has the responsibility of the family pigeon loft, a fine one, and one her bristly father hopes will meet with the approval of the NPS, or National Pigeon Ser ...more
Melissa Mitchell
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Allie
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookish-first
If you asked me what my favorite types of novels were, I would say murder mysteries, WWII historical fiction stories, and fake dating romances, in that order. This book managed to be all three of these things, and I loved every minute of it!

Olive Bright, the definition of a plucky young heroine, is a pigeoneer living through the dark days of WWII, but has dreams of repeating the heroic escapades her mother had while driving an ambulance in the Great War. These desires are furthered by the fact h
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Becky
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a cute, cozy historical fiction. I'm partial to novels set in a small town during WWII, and with its cast of quirky characters Olive Bright, Pigeoneer fit the bill.

Even though the synopsis on the back of the book mentions a murder and a mystery I'd recommend readers approach this book as a Historical Fiction novel, not a Mystery Novel. The book's strengths are in its characters and historical setting --the author's thorough research into the use of carrier pigeons during WWII shines--
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Kimmie
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, a2020
I have so many good things to say about "Olive Bright, Pigeoneer"!

1. Olive herself is wonderful! Her character is very well-written, detailed, and realistic. I enjoyed learning a bit about her past as I got to know her through the storyline. She has plenty of room to grow, and I think she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.

2. Several other characters added a great deal to the story, and I hope to see more of them in future books. In particular, Hen, Violet, and Jamie still have plenty
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Abigail Singrey
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is the perfect cozy historical mystery. I’m excited to read the rest of the series and hoping to see more of Olive and Captain Aldridge- though this book can stand alone.

In small-town Britain, twenty-something Olive Bright is struggling to keep her pigeon loft going and find her place in the war effort. When she’s offered the chance to supply pigeons for a top secret agency, she jumps at the chance, despite the fact that she will have to lie to her own family about it. She challenges
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Amanda Pecotte
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading this book and am honored to have been given the chance to read this.
I had so many different emotions and theories going through my head as to what was happening and what was going to happen next.
I loved how the author put a lot of historical information and detail into the story and how relatable the characters are. I also enjoyed the plot of the story and how it unfolded as the story went on. I was pleasantly surprised that the author was able to get a mystery invol
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Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This is a quiet, delightful cozy mystery taking place in the English countryside of Hertfordshire in a small village named Pipley. This is a historical fiction period piece set during World War ll. The main character, Olive Bright, is a Pigeoneer and she not only raises and trains pigeons but helps her father in his veterinary practice and uses her skills learned from reading murder mysteries to solve a village murder. Do we have a new Miss Marple in the person of Olive Bright? The story highlig ...more
Jan
Olive Bright is a pigeoneer, and she does train her pigeons to be of covert service to Britain during early World War II not The Great War as was more usual. She becomes an amateur sleuth as well when a local gossip is poisoned.
Sorry, but I thought that the narrator was not really engaged in the project. I have enjoyed her narrations of other books, so I was disappointed this time.
I requested and received a free audiobook from Kensington Books via NetGalley.
I was very disappointed that it was ar
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Vanessa Ortiz
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Kensington Books, and Bibliolifestyle**

This was a surprisingly delightful read. Historical fiction is most definitely NOT my favorite genre but this one definitely kept me engaged and interested. Olive is such a great character that it was nearly impossible to put this book down; I was completely invested in her antics and the "murder mystery." I can definitely see how the author has set this up as precursor to a series, but I think this book
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Doreen
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mcn
12/10/2020 Would have probably liked this more if Jamie weren't such an arrogant a-hole. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com. ...more
Vikki Vaught
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This one rabbles a lot. Full review to follow.
Brenda
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unique, bright and delightful, this book takes the reader on a beautifully heartwarming journey during the trials of WWII Britain. Pipley, Hertfordshire, is the backdrop for a tantalizing murder mystery, war connections and valor, budding romance and bustling village life. The National Pigeon Services focus is brilliant and enthralling, one of my favourite topics in the book.

Olive Bright, a clever young woman who throws caution to the wind and has a predilection for Hercules Poirot, raises and t
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Rachel
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Olive Bright, Pigeoneer by Stephanie Graves is an excellent historical fiction/cozy mystery that kept me thoroughly entertained.

This WWII, small village cozy mystery is just perfect in every way. Despite the seriousness of the time period and some of the subject matter, through witty dialogue and Olive's adorable characteristics and personality, the book seemed to feel lighter and more enjoyable. I really enjoyed the concept of adding the cozy murder/mystery plot within the overall WWII concept
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Diana Kocunik
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Olive Bright is the spunky heroine of this fun mystery. Olive finds herself back home in Pipley during WWII and looking to contribute more to the war effort but stymied, until the local gossip is murdered. She channels her favorite literary detective, Hercules Poirot and is determined to find the murderer herself. What she finds is a whole host of secrets, a dishy captain, and a position as pigeoneer for secret operations. I hope that this is not the last we see of this intrepid heroine.
Ethel
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's WWII when we find Olive Bright saying goodbye to her friend George at the train station. He's on his way to London as he has joined up with the RAF. As the war is ravaging other parts of Europe, all seems well in the town of Pipley in Hertfordshire. 22 year old Olive seems out of sorts with the need to do something to help with the war effort. Currently she is helping at her father's veterinary practice along with tending to their dovecote where there are many racing pigeons, she is discont ...more
Marie
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you in advance to the publisher, Kensington Books, for providing a complimentary review copy through Bookish First. A positive review was not required nor requested and all words are my own.

This is one of those books that when I saw it … I HAD TO HAVE IT. And, so … I used my points to redeem it.

While not initially a fan of historical fiction, sometimes books come along that tend to steer you in a different direction. And, after a while you don’t hesitate to seek out those books.

I really l
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Rachel
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Olive Bright, Pigeoneer was an enjoyable read that intrigued me as soon as I read the synopsis. It gave me Anne of Green Gables vibes, and I thought it'd be a great way to step out of my usual reading genres.

Olive was an interesting character: curious and intrepid, forthright and forward-thinking (hello, Anne). Overall, I enjoyed her shenanigans. Jameson Albridge was also intriguing to me as the steady, grumpy counterpart to Olive's character. I would have appreciated getting inside his head a f
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MizzyRed
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think that this book was an enjoyable historical fiction/mystery novel. Olive Bright was a brightly curious young woman doing her best to keep busy in trying to help the war effort, like her mother before her. Her main work is with the racing pigeons that she and her father raise and are trying to get approval to turn them into messenger birds for the war. I did like learning about how they are trained with the homing tests and such. That was interesting.

This book deals with the pigeons and h
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Mary
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a period piece mystery set in England during WWII. In the little town of Pipley, in Hertfordshire Olive Bright is working helping in her father’s veterinary practice, helping with family obligations and working with the family racing pigeons. She is hoping that she can use them in the war effort and do her part for the war effort and she is hoping to get them in use in the National Pigeon Service (NPS). The NPS never shows up to check on using pigeons in the war effort but another group ...more
Sara  Mosley
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Olive Bright is in for the mystery of her life just as she is longing to do something to help the war effort many opportunities arise. She is faced with the mysterious death of a resident of her neighborhood and is given the chance to help her country and she and the reader is taken along for a mysterious trip and probe for the answers with Olive.

Overall, Olive is a great character. She stands her ground and wants to be her own person and do her part to make the world a better place. She is some
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Lori Sinsel Harris
I just finished "Olive Bright, Pigeoneer" by, Stephanie Graves. I enjoyed reading this book. I love books set during World War II, and I love when they are about subjects that I don't already know, and I knew nothing about pigeons in the war!! I was totally entranced with the pigeons. The book is written well, it has great character development, the interaction and conversations that take place are well composed and fluid. The characters are extremely likable. Olive is a strong intelligent woman ...more
Kathleen Gray
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's more going on in the village of Pipley than meets the eye- which Olive always knew but didn't really know. It's WWII and she's left vet school in London to move home and help her father (a vet) and her stepmother Harriet, who has MS. She's feeling a bit at sea except for when she works with the family's racing pigeons, which so far have not been enlisted in the war effort. Then one day she's visited by Jamie Aldridge- an enigmatic officer who changes her life by involving her (and her pi ...more
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