We’re on book six and I love these characters and this cosy mystery series. It’s beautifully written and once again I enjoyed how the author develops the characters and the relationships between them, I feel like a villager!
The poison pen storyline just felt a little too much for me. Too many? Too fast? Hmm… perhaps the next mystery will resonate better.
The back story development, with Simpkins, is great and an aspect I hope to read more of (aligns with the entrepreneur in me). Perhaps some insights into those times.
Edwina and Beryl are two of my favourite literary characters and it is lovely to be back with them in “Murder Through the English Post”, book six of this great series! Village life is disturbed when poison pen letters start appearing, fights break out between neighbours and soon, one person is found dead. Called upon to make it all stop, the two investigators take on the case!
The plausibility of some of the characters’ moves could be questioned but holistically, it is a wonderful cosy mystery with a cast of interesting people, twists and turns, and a few good laughs!
I do so enjoy Jessica Ellicott’s writing, I am looking forward to the next in the series! It’s a four out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended.
We received complimentary copies of the book from Kensington Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in these reviews are completely our own.
From the back cover:
a rash of poisoned pen letters envelops their sleepy English village, Beryl and Edwina, the delightfully mismatched friends and sleuths-of-a-certain-age, step up to stamp out the evil-minded epistles in Jessica Ellicott’s sixth historical mystery set in the wake of WWI.
What began for two dear if very different friends—an American adventuress and a prim and proper Brit—as a creative response to the lean times following the Great War has evolved into a respectable private enquiry business. So much so that Constable Gibbs calls upon Beryl and Edwina to solve a curious campaign of character assassination.
A series of anonymous accusations sent via post have set friend against friend and neighbor against neighbor. In her new position as magistrate, Edwina has already had to settle one dispute that led to fisticuffs. Even Beryl has received a poison pen letter, and while she finds its message preposterous and laughable, others are taking the missives to heart. Their headstrong housekeeper Beddoes is ready to resign and one villager has attempted to take her own life.
The disruption of the peace goes far beyond malicious mischief when another villager is murdered. Now it’s up to the intrepid sleuths to read between the lines and narrow down the suspects to identify the lethal letter writer and ensure that justice is delivered . . .