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Murder Comes to Call

(Beryl and Edwina Mystery #4)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  45 reviews
The lean years following World War I can lead to desperate acts—even in the quiet English village of Walmsley Parva. When a series of burglaries seems to culminate in murder, brash American Beryl Helliwell and proper Brit Edwina Davenport are eager to solve the case . . .

World-renowned adventuress Beryl Helliwell cited for “reckless” motoring? Why, the very idea! Constabl
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Published October 27th 2020
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Mark Baker
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2020
When Beryl Helliwell goes to court for reckless driving, she meets Declan O’Shea, an Irish immigrant trying to start a life for himself in the English village of Walmsley Parva. However, being Irish, he is viewed with suspicion, and the string of thefts happening in the village only make things worse. When the police start to question him about the thefts, he hires Beryl and Edwina Davenport to clear his name. The stakes are only raised when a dead body turns up at the scene of the latest burgla ...more
Randi Annie Framnes
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
When former celebrity adventuress Beryl Helliwell and local budding novelist Edwina Davenport are hired to investigate a series of burglaries, one with implications of national importance, they find local magistrate’s home burgled and the man himself dead at the bottom of the grand staircase.

Murder Comes to Call is installment 4 out of 4 in A Beryl and Edwina Mystery series by Jessica Ellicott. The story is set in post WW1 English village Walmsley Parva where inquiry agents Beryl and Edwina are
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
I really loved the previous 3 books of this series, but this one was just ok for me. I felt like a lot was repetitive and there wasn’t much interaction between characters. More monologues than actual conversations. Of course, I love Beryl and Edwina so I still look forward to more adventures.
Beryl Halliwell is shocked to be called before the magistrate for reckless driving! It's an outrage! Why, everywhere else she's known for her speed and feats of daring. While waiting her turn, Beryl observes the magistrate hand down an unnecessarily harsh fine to a handsome young Irishman. Convinced the magistrate is prejudiced against the young man for his nationality, Beryl hires him to help Simpkins renovate the gardens at The Beeches. Meanwhile, Edwina knows nothing about this. She's busy fr ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder Comes To Call is the fourth book in the Beryl and Edwina Mystery series by Jessica Ellicott.

The Beryl and Edwina series is my favorite historical cozy mystery series. I love the main characters, Beryl and Edwina. They have known each other since finishing school, but that is where the similarities end. Beryl is an adventuress but has decided it’s time to settle down to a calmer life; on the other hand, Edwina has returned to Walmsley Parva to help out her parents and be a prim, proper Eng
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audible version: Oh I do love these Beryl and Edwina books - narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Her voices for the characters are just perfect! I love the escape to this little village of Warmsley Parva where everybody knows each other and something is always going on. Edwina fights with her old fashioned beliefs and Beryl just carries on in her forthright way, waiting out the U.S.'s ridiculous prohibition against alcohol. There was a bit too much about Edwina's new bob, as we already hashed that ou ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Murder Comes to Call is the fourth book in the Beryl and Edwina historical cozy mystery series.The story takes place in the English Village of Walmsley Parva where the two friends, Beryl the American Adventuress and Edwinda the conventional English woman have opened an Inquiry Agency.

A murder of the Village's Magistrate and town burglaries, the biggest of which is the Consensus Schedules, call Beryl and Edwina "on the case". There is a plot twist at the end you don't see a good way.

The Cozy Review
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing quite beats Beryl and Edwina when it comes to finding adventure. The two sleuths step into a mystery the way other people step into having fun, and in Murder Comes to Call, they step into a lot more than usual. They can't seem to go very long without someone hiring them to solve a murder or another crime. This time they have landed squarely in the middle of a murder investigation and a theft.

Beryl is fun-loving, up for the next adventure, and seriously curious. Edwina is a thinker; she
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you are looking for a charming, humorous and light-hearted mystery series, Beryl and Edwina fit the bill. Set in post-World War I England in a small village, there is plenty of period detail. Beryl and Edwina were schoolmates, and represent two very different sensibilities. Beryl is a celebrity adventure seeker: explorer, pilot, and daredevil. She is a bit flamboyant and isn't much bothered by rules. Edwina, on the other hand, is the product of a small village upbringing. She is more buttoned ...more
Edwina is a fibre addict and avid knitter in addition to having a rather British reserve much of the time and owning a rather large home and gardens. Beryl has traveled the the world and has little sense of propriety as she is an American. The women had been at finishing school together and now, years later, are Private Enquiry Agents and have some financial backing from their elderly gardener. There have been burglaries in the village, a burglary with a death probably included in it, and a some ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book is so good! It is entertaining, adventurous, fun, witty, and cozy-mysterious! Whenever I picked up "Murder Comes to Call", I found myself engrossed in quite a few intriguing mysteries, and did not want to put the book down!

This is the fourth book in Ms. Ellicott's "A Beryl and Edwina Mystery" series, but the first I have read. While I believe reading the others in the series would help to deepen one's understanding of the characters' history and relationships to one another, I def
Reading one of Jessica Ellicott's Beryl and Edwina mysteries is like sitting down to a cup of tea with an old friend. I love the relationship between these two independent women, Walmsley Parva's best known (and only, lol) lady detectives, and also the continually developing relationships that they have with the other residents of their small English village. When the duo finds the magistrate dead at the bottom of his stairs, they set off to prove who did it, and to determine if there's a connec ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
1921 Walmsley Parva. There have been a spate of burglaries in the village with the prime suspect according to Constable Doris Gibbs is the new Irish under-gardener Declan O'Shea of Edwina and Beryl. But then they come across the dead body of the magistrate in his ransacked house. When they are employed to investiage a theft they are pleased to get an official case whereby they then can unofficially investigate the death and the other burglaries. So they join forces with Constable Gibbs.
A well-wr
Helen Howerton
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Kensington Books for this Advanced Reader Copy and the opportunity to review Murder Comes to Call. All opinions are my own.

Our intrepid heroines Beryl Helliwell and Edwina Davenport operate a “private enquiry” agency in the village of Walmsley Parva in this entertaining series, written by Jessica Ellicott. The year is 1921. Things are a bit better for the duo, as Simpkins the gardener is a silent partner with an infusion of cash in the business. Beryl’
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
While Beryl Helliwell is less than pleased that she has to appear in from of the magistrate on a charge of reckless driving, she is even less pleased when she and her friend Edwina Davenport stumble over the magistrate’s dead body. His house was ransacked and it appears that his death may be connected to a series of burglaries in the Village of Walmsley Parva. The main suspect is Declan O’Shea – an Irishman Beryl recently hired to work in their garden. Beryl is convinced that Declan is innocent ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always fun to spend time with Beryl and Edwina. Beryl came to Walmsey Parva to slow down a bit and reconnect with her school chum, Edwina. Beryl's life was larger than life full of adventure but life in a small village with a friend sounded like a good plan. As for Edwins, life in post WWI Walmsey Parva was short on money and Beryl had the solution. It was a good plan, sort of. Neither Beryl nor Edwina foresaw becoming private inquiry agents and solving crimes, especially murders. They have ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this is the fourth book in this series, it is the second one that I have read. I recently finished the third and jumped right into reading this book afterwards. It is a story which can be read stand-alone without any problems. While there is an overall progression of plot and characters, all of the whodunnits are self-contained in each novel.

Edwina Davenport is an English spinster in her forties. Beryl Helliwell is an American who is well known for her for her adventures. They became frien
I just finished Murder Comes to Call by Jessica Ellicott. It is the latest book in the Beryl and Edwina mystery series, set in England after WWI. I love the contrast between the somewhat brash American Beryl Helliwell and the more proper Brit Edwina. In this installment, there is a rash of break-ins in their village of Walmsley Parva, in addition to the theft of census forms. Beryl and Edwina and their private enquiry agency are hired to look into the stolen census forms. As the story progresses ...more
Brandy Ruffner
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this fourth installment of Beryl and Edwina mystery. I think this is the best one yet!

Beryl gets cited for reckless driving by our good friend Constable Gibbs just when we think the relationship between Beryl and Edwina improves with the female constable. Edwina meets Declan O’Shea while at the magistrates office and he is hired to help Simpkins with the Beeches Garden. He also becomes the prime suspect in the Walmsley Parva magistrates murder.

A series of burglaries, missing c
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-book-list
Murder Comes to Call
Another exciting adventure in Walmsley Parva! I was happy to visit one of my favorite fictional villages in this story. The characters are expertly crafted to bring the village to life. As for Beryl and Edwina, I love them individually but together, Beryl's unconventionality and Edwina's steadiness make them a perfect pair.

Set after the Great War, and during the fight for Irish independence, the fourth installment in the Beryl and Edwina Mystery series finds Beryl facing the
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series. It is a pleasure to read and not feel that the author "dumbs" down the book as I am afraid I find too many times.
World-renowned adventuress Beryl Helliwell cited for “reckless” motoring? Why, the very idea! Constable Gibbs just has it in for her. The solution? Charm the magistrate, of course. But days after Beryl's appearance before the bench, she and Edwina pay a visit to the magistrate only to find his home ransacked and the man himself lying dead at the bottom of a grand s
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burglaries, stolen census reports and murder have villagers suspicious and on edge. They learn that their sleepy village is not impervious to crime and the domineering local police officer doesn't exactly instill confidence.

Beryl, a fashionable and carefree American and Edwina, an outdoorsy and uptight English woman, are friends, housemates and crime-solving business partners. While their personalities differ greatly, they complement each other and make an entertaining and successful team. They
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is always a pleasure to spend time with Beryl and Edwina! Walmsley Parva is a very busy place, experiencing numerous thefts and the death of a magistrate. Beryl and Edwina, as private inquiry agents, have been hired to find census reports that have gone missing. While investigating the theft of the census reports, they unofficially investigate the murder of the magistrate, and discover unknown facts about some of Walmsley Parva's residents. By the end of the book they not only help solve the ...more
Beryl and Edwina come together to set up their own private investigations agency in the small village of Warmsley Parva. They really don't have much in common beyond their shared school background, but they complement each other. A number of burglaries have been happening in the village and they are curious. When the local magistrate ends up dead, they want to find out what happened. When the local census taker reports that all of his schedules with villager's private information is missing, the ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, mystery
I was so fortunate to win an ARC of Murder Comes to Call, but it is still in my queue at Amazon to purchase to add to my hardback book set of the series. As with the first three books, Murder Comes to Call is a delightfully fun cozy mystery about two "private enquiry" agents, Beryl and Edwina, old school chums who live in the English countryside and find themselves solving mysteries. The two main characters are so expertly described in the book and depicted on the cover that they seem to be real ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Beryl & Edwina Mysteries get better with every book! I especially like how the author ties in historical detail and bits of information to make the series realistic. The best part is that the characters aren't stagnant! They make mistakes, they learn from them, they try new things, and you see their insecurities as well as their willingness to try new things! Beryl is so sophisticated and daring; and this book shows her not only drawing Edwina out of her shell, but respecting Edwina's desire ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder Comes to Call is a delightful mystery that begins with a rash of burglaries in Walmsley Parva, England where Beryl and Edwina live. They are private detectives which was very rare in the 1920s. Beryl and Edwina stumble over the body of the local magistrate, Mr. Faraday. Also it was time for the census to be taken. Not only are there burglaries going on, but someone has stolen the census rolls. So now the hunt becomes one of murder and burglaries. Are these two related? Are they separate c ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful adventure with Beryl and Edwina in the charming village of Walmsley Parva. But all is not right. Seems the village is overcome with multiple crimes and it’s up to enquiry agents, Beryl and Edwina, to figure out if the crimes are related and who is responsible. Like the last book, this one is the best yet as each new book is better than the last. The mysteries come with a great many surprising twists with the biggest surprise coming at the very end. Edwina and Beryl are still g ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walmsley Parva SEEMS like a nice village but Beryl and Edwina know otherwise! They're hired to find out who has been committing burglaries in the village but much to their dismay, they also find Gordon Faraday, the cranky magistrate, dead. Of course, they do! These two, who are so different in approach met at school and have bonded over the series= but this is fine as a standalone. Beryl, an American, tends to go more on intuition (but not really) while Edwina is more logical0 making them excell ...more
Ashley Cate
Murder Comes to Call is the fourth book in the Beryl and Edwina mystery series by Jessica Ellicot. This series is always fun to read simply because of the three main characters. I adore Beryl, Edwina, and especially Simpkins and they were at their best in this book.

We also get to see Beryl and Edwina continue to grow their business and their confidence as private enquiry agents as they attempt to figure out who is behind a rash of burglaries in the normally quiet, peaceful Walmsley Parva. This
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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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