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Murder In A Country Village, by F.L. Everett

TRIGGER WARNING: domestic abuse
Edie and Ethel go out for a walk in the hills but stumble across a body. They recognise the woman as Joyce Reid, an unpopular pacifist from the local area. The police think it was a terrible accident but Edie isn’t convinced and appeals to the police officer who helped her previously to aid her investigation…
Murder In A Country Village is the second book in the Edie York murder mystery series set during WW2. There are major spoilers about the outcome of the first book so I would advise reading the books in order.
Edie is still hoping for her big break in journalism. When she stumbles across a dead body, she is sure that it wasn’t a simple accident. Added to this are a pair of missing teens that no one is concerned about.
The mystery sustained my interest but the pace was quite slow. Both the murder and the missing teens provide Edie with plenty of opportunity to investigate and explore the local area and community. There were a whole range of suspects and potential motives for each crime.
I felt fully immersed in the 1940s with the rationing, black outs, tragic telegrams. There is some big emotion as we consider the deaths of brave young men fighting for their country and evacuees desperately missing their homes. I also felt incredibly moved by the plight of Edie’s friend Suki who is trapped in a violent marriage.
Murder In A Country Village is an enjoyable cosy historical murder mystery.

Murder in a Country Village: An utterly compelling historical cozy mystery (An Edie York Mystery Book 2)
England, 1941. With World War Two shaking the nation, rookie reporter Edie York wants to write the front-page news. But she ends up as the headlines when she stumbles over a body on the moors…
Eager to follow Churchill’s order to keep calm and carry on, Edie York has left the bombed-out streets of Manchester behind for a stroll in the countryside. But her rationed picnic lunch turns to ashes in her mouth when she discovers Joyce Reid, a well-known anti-war activist, lifeless at the bottom of a cliff.
Despite infuriatingly handsome DCI Louis Brennan’s less-thanamused warnings ringing in her ears, Edie is unable to leave the conscripted local bobby to do his work. Heading off to investigate, she immediately uncovers potential suspects galore. From alleged black-marketeers to the local land girl, a shell-shocked artist to Joyce’s on-off lover, Edie is sure the murderer is right under her nose.
Then Edie makes another gruesome discovery, and realises she needs long-suffering Louis on the scene to officially investigate. Can they uncover the killer hiding in plain sight, before it’s too late? Or will Edie’s own obituary end up featured on the front pages she’s coveted for so long…?
A fantastically gripping historical cozy mystery perfect for fans of Richard Osman and Agatha Christie. This is the second book in the Edie York Mystery series.
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About the author
Flic Everett is a Mancunian writer who now lives in a cottage in the beautiful West Highlands with her patient husband and two deranged cocker spaniels. She still misses Manchester, and returns like a homing pigeon every month to see family and friends. She spends a lot of time writing on trains.
Flic has owned an award-winning vintage shop, guest-presented Woman’s Hour and was once a part-time tarot reader. She has a grown up son who makes her laugh more than anyone on earth, and she likes reading, painting, cooking, clothes, animals, Art Deco and rummaging in charity shops for bargains. Her greatest fear is being stranded without a book. She has spent many years as a freelance journalist and editor for national newspapers and magazines and can’t believe she’s finally allowed to make up stories from the comfort of her own home.
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