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by Alice K. Boatwright
Here’s the set-up:
When Ellie Kent moves to an English village with her new husband Graham, she fears the villagers will always see her at that young American who snared their attractive vicar during his sabbatical in California. But this challenge is nothing compared to what happens when she stumbles across a body in the churchyard. The villagers insist they don’t know the murdered man, so suspicion mounts that the killer must be the incomer — the vicar’s new wife. As evidence piles up against her, Ellie tries to stay one step ahead of the police to unravel a decades-old literary mystery and love story. Will others die before she can solve it? And what will be left of her new life and marriage, even if she succeeds?
Anglophiles, especially, will adore this book’s many pleasures, which include winning character descriptions, a sexy vicar, plenty of tea, and a portrait of the lack of privacy in a small English town: ” ‘All the world’s a stage,’ she thought, was clearly written by someone who lived in an English village.” – Kirkus Reviews
“I devoured this delicious mystery in one sitting; I just couldn’t put it down! A delightful treat in the Agatha Christie-Dorothy Sayers tradition, this well-written and expertly crafted story of love and murder in an English village is a pleasure from start to finish. The Cotswolds village atmosphere is beautifully evoked and the lively dialogue brings the characters fully to life for the reader.The subtitle, An Ellie Kent Mystery, implies that there will be many more in store for us. I certainly hope Ms. Boatwright is hard at work on the first sequel right now! Ellie Kent is a wonderful character, and I can’t wait to see how she continues to fare in her new, charming-but-challenging environment. More, more, more!” – Amazon Review