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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 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! 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 staircase. Given the state of the house, his death appears to be connected to a rash of robberies in the village. Declan O’Shea, the handsome helper Beryl hired to assist their aged gardener Simpkins, falls under suspicion after having had his own run-in with the magistrate—but mostly, Beryl believes, because he’s Irish. While unofficially looking into the magistrate's murder, the ladies are hired in their official capacity as private inquiry agents to find census reports that have gone missing. Is someone trying to hide something from the census takers—and could that theft have anything to do with the magistrate’s death? Beryl and Edwina are once again in fine form as they engage in a little reckless sleuthing to bring these assorted mysteries to a speedy conclusion. . . .


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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 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! 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 staircase. Given the state of the house, his death appears to be connected to a rash of robberies in the village. Declan O’Shea, the handsome helper Beryl hired to assist their aged gardener Simpkins, falls under suspicion after having had his own run-in with the magistrate—but mostly, Beryl believes, because he’s Irish. While unofficially looking into the magistrate's murder, the ladies are hired in their official capacity as private inquiry agents to find census reports that have gone missing. Is someone trying to hide something from the census takers—and could that theft have anything to do with the magistrate’s death? Beryl and Edwina are once again in fine form as they engage in a little reckless sleuthing to bring these assorted mysteries to a speedy conclusion. . . .

30 review for Murder Comes to Call

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    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 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 burglary. Couple that with another client who needs his case solved right away, and Edwina and Beryl have their work cut out of them. Can they figure out what is really happening? While this is the fourth book in the series, you could easily jump in here. You would miss out on the growth in the characters and their relationships, which is definitely part of the charm of the series. Plus these are just great characters to spend time with. Fans will be delighted to check in with these friends and catch up with the latest going on in their lives. The plot seemed to be a bit scattered early on, but I suspected that events would tie together, and my faith was rewarded. In fact, I was impressed with just how everything came together by the end. The setting, both location and historical, come to life well. We get a great feel for the impact of World War I on this village without it ever slowing things down. I was fully absorbed in another time and place as I read, and if you are looking for a great historical mystery, you will be, too. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    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 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 hired to investigate the theft of village census reports when they find the local magistrate dead in his home. Under cover of working on the census case, Beryl and Edwina take it upon themselves to investigate all cases of criminal activity in the village. They suspect all are somehow connected and do not shy away from using slightly unorthodox sleuthing methods to find the culprits. Main character former celebrity adventuress Beryl Helliwell tends to make somewhat rash decisions. She is a people person and relies on her glamorous and charming appearance to get her out of trouble whenever she colors a bit outside the lines. I find her an amusing character who is my favorite of the story. Second main character is solicitor’s daughter Edwina Davenport who tries to keep secret that she writes a book in-between investigating cases. She is very concerned with her reputation, but I like her reserved and very proper personality. She seems a very good sleuth which makes me wish she would have better self-confidence. I read it as a standalone and a first by this author, but I found the main characters so well crafted and relatable, I could have wished them to be my friends in real life. I was drawn in by the amusing parts describing Beryl and Edwina’s thought process as they were investigating. It highlighted their unique strengths and friendship which altogether seems to make them such a strong team. These elements I find make this story memorable. The writing and dialogue conveyed a slightly old- fashioned vibe. The opulent English countryside setting felt reminiscent of Agatha Christie with a bit of Downton Abbey environments thrown in. The best part of this story was the amusing description of when Beryl and Edwina visited the village gossip lady to get information without revealing anything themselves. Anyone who enjoys a well written historical cozy mystery set in post WW1 rural England would enjoy this story. As will fans of Jessica Ellicott. I am curious what comes next from this author, and will be on the look-out for any other releases from Jessica Ellicott. Similar authors to explore might be Alyssa Maxwell or Andrea Penrose. Thank you to publisher Kensington Books and NetGalley for this eARC which gave me the opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions in this review are completely my own. Conclusion: Murder Comes to Call is the captivating, charming and amusing cozy mystery about Beryl and Edwina as they solve murder and theft in post WW1 English countryside.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    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 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 fretting over her novel in progress and what to put on the census schedule. Edwina isn't too thrilled when Constable Gibbs turns up to question Declan about a rash of burglaries in the village. How can she trust him to work for her if he's a thief? Beryl reluctantly agrees to privately check out the burglaries and see if they can clear Declan's name. The private enquiry agents soon have a new client, Mr. Melton, from the census bureau, who has come to them to discover the whereabouts of the missing census schedules for the village of Walmsley Parva! If they aren't found, it could cause massive unrest. In an attempt to figure out what to do about Declan, Beryl and Edwina visit the magistrate, Mr. Farrady, only to find him lying dead at the foot of his staircase. Oh dear! Could his death be the result of a burglary gone wrong? It sure seems like it. Beryl and Edwina have no choice but to team up with Constable Gibbs if they're going to solve this case. This story has three mysteries in one book. They might all be connected, they might not be. I couldn't figure it out. The story didn't really interest me all that much. I didn't feel the need to stay up late and read it all at once. It also lacked some of the humor of the previous books. I did enjoy the history behind the novel. It's 1921 and a census year. Many people have died since 1911, between the war and the influenza epidemic, the economy is bad, people are freaking out about the census wondering what the government is going to do with their information and if they can trust the government, anti-immigrant prejudice and some of the social barriers are starting to break down but not enough for the working men who returned from the war expecting more. All that sounds very familiar. Is it 1921 or 2020? Yeesh. The ending of the story leads me to think this could be the last book in the series but it's open-ended enough that the series could continue. Beryl doesn't show much character growth. She's vain and egotistical a lot of the time but her heart is in the right place. I do agree with Edwina that Beryl has her own stereotypes about the Irish no matter how much she claims to be sympathetic. I agree with her, as an American, the Irish deserve the right to be free and the magistrate is probably coming down too harsh on Declan because of anti-Irish prejudice. Edwina has come a long way since Beryl first arrived. Beryl has rubbed off on her and Edwina isn't so reserved or snobby. She's trying hard to shed the strict Victorian notions of propriety and class structure her mother drummed into her head. At 40-something that isn't easy and I admire her for trying. She's so happy with her bobbed hair that it gives her a kind of freedom, almost as if she's playing a role. It's only when she remembers to think of her mother that she gets stuffy again. Simpkins, the jobbing gardener, has changed a bit since the previous book also. He now occupies a more important place in the household. He's still the gardener though but takes more pride in his work. I like his character development too, he's fun and interesting but I wish he and Edwina still fought because it made the stories funny. Charles Jarvis appears in the story as advisor to the magistrate. He gets to show off his legal knowledge as well as his kind and generous heart. I really like him. He's sweet, kind and artistic. Constable Gibbs also shows some growth here. She's not so nasty to Beryl just because. She is, however, still full of pride and prejudice against the Irish. She only concedes to work with the private enquiry duo because someone higher up tells her to. I like how Beryl tries to be sympathetic and more kind even if it's just to get what she wants. Even Prudence Rathbone manages not to be so annoying and rude. Beryl and Edwina know how to extract just the information they need. In this story, it's Minnie who revels in gossip. She's still nasty. The Beeches has a new maid, Beddoes. She's frighteningly proper and efficient. For some reason she doesn't like Beryl but seems devoted to Edwina. Beddoes represents the type of servant common before the war. She scares me. I wouldn't like to have a maid like that. She's new to the village and no one knows much about her. Could she be the one behind the thefts? Mr. Farrady, the magistrate, is not a nice man. He's prejudiced against the Irish and has a wandering eye and probably hands when it comes to women. Beryl feels she must be on her guard and have a chaperone around him. Mr. Farrady doesn't get along with his younger half-brother or his stepdaughter and his wife doesn't seem to be grieving much when he's killed. I don't blame her once all is revealed. Alan Farrady is a ne'er to well. The only time I agree with Mr. Farrady's harsh pronouncement is when it comes to his dealings with Alan. I strongly suspect Alan murdered his brother. Mrs. Farrady is in a difficult spot. Divorce was rare at that time and hard to get. Her husband is an awful person but she has a young son. She seems like a caring mother who wants her son to have a happy, innocent, carefree childhood. How far would she go to protect her only child? Monica, Mr. Farrady's stepdaughter, comes across as an obnoxious, bratty teenager. I thought she was about 14-16 years old from some of her behavior but she's actually at university! She's the only one who keeps in touch with Alan and Nanny thinks Alan is a bad influence. Could the two of them be behind the thefts and the magistrate's death? I certainly think she's capable of it. Even though Monica is kind of bratty, I feel sorry for her because no one has loved her since her mother died. She was shunted off to boarding school at a young age and never had any emotional support. She seems quite attached to her little stepbrother and plays with him regularly. The nanny is another suspect. She was seen arguing with the magistrate a few days before he died. Perhaps she tossed him down the stairs to protect the children? Perhaps Mr. Farrady's death was a sad accident. Someone is obstructing justice, however. Was Mr. Farrady's death connected to the recent rash of burglaries? What about the census thefts? Mr.Crossley, the census taker, believes the census records were stolen from his bicycle bag. He was careless and whether he lost them or they were stolen is entirely his fault. How did he get the job? He was recommended by the magistrate for some reason. He left sensitive government documents lying around while he got blitzed at the pub. That's extremely unprofessional. He should have brought the documents home and returned to the pub. Crossley needs to be sacked. I wonder if he's lying and if someone in the trade unions paid him off to allow them to steal the schedules in order to cause chaos? I don't think Crossley is that bright but I don't feel sorry for him. Mr. Melton is extremely worried about the census records. He's uptight and puts a lot of pressure on the sleuths to solve the case NOW. He isn't able or willing to wait. I feel sort of sorry for him but it's not his fault the census schedules are missing. Nevertheless, he isn't an appealing character. Declan O'Shea is a young Irish laborer trying to live his life and earn some money. I'll never understand anti-Irish prejudice at all. He's a little bit secretive about why there was an altercation outside the pub. We only really have his account of it and everyone else's testimony would be biased. I feel sorry for him but I wouldn't have been so rash as to hire a man without a background check and references. Beryl was crazy to do that. I'm not sure I entirely trust him. He's new to the village and he doesn't have an alibi for the time of Mr. Farraday's death. I like this sleuthing duo a lot and would read more about them but if this is the last, I'm fine with that too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    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 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 English lady. Although their lifestyles were different, they work amazingly well together. With their Private Inquiragency, Beryl is more suited to interviewing people, whereas Edwina is better at putting the puzzle pieces together. This story will be looking into a series of petty burglaries that have been happening in Walmsley Parva. They will also be investigating the death of the local magistrate. Beryl recently appeared before the magistrate on a reckless driving charge, and after having been found innocent, Beryl had offered to take the magistrate for a ride in the motorcar. When Beryl and Edwina arrive at the magistrate’s house, they find the front door ajar and find him dead at the staircase’s foot. The district registrar has also asked Edwina and Beryl to look into the theft of census reports stolen from the taker’s bike while visiting the local pub. Once they get into their investigation, they begin to sense that the three are related. This story is well-plotted and written with plenty of red herrings that kept me guessing until the end. The characters are all well-developed and believable. I would love to visit Walmsley Parva and its’ residents. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in this exciting series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    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 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 out in the last book! But overall, it's the repetition and lull of it that contributes to the comfort, sort of like hearing Mom's old stories about when you were a kid. I hope there's another one soon!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the 4th book in the Beryl and Edwina series, but my first. I read that it could be read and enjoyed without reading the earlier ones, and it can, but I found myself not caring for the two women at first. I think getting the backstory would have helped my attitude. There were several times when the author went off on tangents where the character might be reminded of some incident in the past that was not relevant to the story, like when she saw someone's bicycle and spent the next few para This is the 4th book in the Beryl and Edwina series, but my first. I read that it could be read and enjoyed without reading the earlier ones, and it can, but I found myself not caring for the two women at first. I think getting the backstory would have helped my attitude. There were several times when the author went off on tangents where the character might be reminded of some incident in the past that was not relevant to the story, like when she saw someone's bicycle and spent the next few paragraphs relating her feelings about bicycles. It didn't add to the story and just seemed like filler. I liked the mystery, though, and I'm now reading book one, Murder in an English Village, hoping I can have a better feeling about the characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    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 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 has an analytical mind and uses her brain to solve complex problems. Both characters are easy to like. They compliment each other in all ways. Being a female sleuth that has distinctive ideas about the world and a women's place in it isn't always easy in the world these characters live in, and most of the time, it can be downright dangerous. But nothing stops Beryl or Edwina. However, there is a great deal of inner thought rambling through this book, and readers who have not read the others in this series may have a hard time becoming engaged. The murder of a well-known magistrate has the characters hopping, then the theft of census paperwork makes things even trickier. There is no end to the possible suspects. Motives range from prejudice to money, to relationships, and back again. It takes time and effort to ferret out the villain, but the two sleuths are ready and willing to take on all comers in this new adventure. Murder Comes to Call is the fourth book in this series; it has all the necessary components for a good mystery with impressionable characters. The two women are great sleuths who live in an era of the total man's world, yet thrive in the environment. Readers will not be disappointed by this adventure and will enjoy hearing more about Beryl, Edwina, and the wonderful Simpkins.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    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 coming..in a good way. I 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 coming..in a good way. I enjoyed being back with the two friends. With each book their characters grow and you know them even better. I love that they compliment each other so well and that they are loving doing things that they never thought they would be doing in life. Thanks to Net Galley and Kensington Publishing Corporations for this ARC and the opportunity to read and review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Homerun2

    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 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 up and more aware of public opinion. But both women are smart and good at figuring things out and have formed a sort of detective agency partnership. There are several crimes happening in the village. A series of daytime burglaries has residents perturbed. Then a bag of completed census forms disappears. And finally, a universally disliked local magistrate is found dead after a fall. Suspicion falls immediately on a village newcomer who is Irish, and there is some sadly accurate historical context about the contempt and distrust that the Irish were viewed with. It is a pleasure to accompany Beryl & Edwina as they probe their neighbors about the crimes. With their pooled skills they are remarkably effective at coming up with the truth. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    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 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 somewhat contentious constable inclined to listen to local gossip and blame Edwina's new undergardener simply because he is Irish and new to the village. And then there is the rather unusual circumstance surrounding the theft of the census documents. I think that it is a dandy cosy (or is that just because I share Edwina's addictions?). This is the first I have read in the series and I think that it stands alone, but I am curious about non-mystery goings on before this one. I loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    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 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 definitely think this book can be read as a stand-alone as well. The author does a great job of filling the reader in (without it ever feeling like too much at once), and I now can't wait to go back and read the first three books. She mixes history with historical fiction quite well throughout the book. Ms. Ellicott's story-telling is just spectacular, and she also really brings her characters to life brilliantly. Their personalities are so distinct, and from Edwina, to Beryl, to Crumpet (oh the puppy is just so precious!), etc., so many of them are just delightful! I adore how much Beryl and Edwina bring out the best in each other. It is so fun to watch them solve these cases, and they always have one another's back. Their dialogue is so witty, and they really balance one another out beautifully. They take their jobs seriously, truly want to help those in need, and do what is right! I don't want to say too much about the mysteries in the book, as it would spoil too much of the plot! From the various burglaries, to the censuses being stolen, to the death of the Magistrate, Beryl and Edwina use their sleuthing skills to see if there is anything in common between the crimes, and, if so...what is it? There are definitely clues all along the way, and you will just have to pick up a copy of the book to see! If you enjoy historical cozy mysteries, I highly recommend this book! It had me reading late into the night to see what was going to happen next! Ms. Ellicott brilliantly weaves the puzzle pieces of the various mysteries together, and I was guessing up until the very end. There were quite a few twists and turns that made my mouth drop. I would love to see many of these characters in future books, and I hope there will be many more novels in this incredible series! Can we please have more of Crumpet in the next novels too? He made me smile so much! Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC of this novel, and to Kensington Books for sending me a physical ARC as well, I so enjoyed it! All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    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 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 connection between his murder and the rash of burglaries plaguing Walmsley Parva, including the theft of very sensitive census documents! And absolute joy to read, I adored Murder Comes to Call! 5 stars!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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 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-written enjoyable cozy historical mystery with a cast of interesting people. A good addition to the series. An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kay Garrett

    MURDER COMES TO CALL by Jessica Ellicott is the fourth book in the Beryl and Edwina Mystery series. It’s the well-crafted story of Beryl Helliwell and Edwina Davenport and their great adventures as they continually gain clients as private inquiry agents in the quaint little English town of Walmsley Parva. While it keeps them busy, helps with the finances and it’s a help to others, it also proves that being elderly doesn’t mean it’s time sit around drinking tea and eating crumpets all day. Beryl i MURDER COMES TO CALL by Jessica Ellicott is the fourth book in the Beryl and Edwina Mystery series. It’s the well-crafted story of Beryl Helliwell and Edwina Davenport and their great adventures as they continually gain clients as private inquiry agents in the quaint little English town of Walmsley Parva. While it keeps them busy, helps with the finances and it’s a help to others, it also proves that being elderly doesn’t mean it’s time sit around drinking tea and eating crumpets all day. Beryl is aghast that she, world renown for her feats of speed, has been summoned to court after receiving a ticket for reckless motoring from Constable Doris Gibbs. While there she happens to see Declan O’Shea, an Irish immigrant, rather badly treated – not for his crime, but more for his nationality. She takes it upon herself to see if she can help the young man who she feels was treated unjustly by offering him a job as labor in their gardens, per Simpkins’ approval, in order for him to pay his fines. When a rash of burglaries occur, the official seem determined to pin them also on O’Shea which leads Beryl and Edwina to do a bit of investigating on their own into his character in order to continue to vouch for him as their employee. Their investigation lead them to the magistrate’s home only to find the front door open, the house ransacked and the magistrate found dead. Are the two events connected? Was his death caused by an accident or a case of murder? Will they try to frame O’Shea for this too? With the arrival of an unexpected visit by Gerald Melton, district registrar, they have their next job as private inquiry agents looking into some missing census paper. There is great need for their solving the case swiftly and the whole investigation kept very confidential so that no word is leaked to The Triple Alliance, which would stir up more anti-government furor. Is it possible that the missing census papers and the other crimes are related? When it brings more legal troubles for O’Shea, he reaches out to them asking for help to prove his innocence. Can they investigate both cases at the same time? With two clients, Beryl and Edwina are working overtime following leads and searching out clues. Can they connect the dots making a connection between the burglaries and the death of the magistrate? With so many with ill feelings for the magistrate, how big will their list of suspect grow? Why was a person with so little regard for the importance of the census hired to do the job to start with? Was it all really just a way to cause friction for the government? Will Beryl actually see another side to the constable? Can they work together for a common cause? Will solving one crime solve them all? Jessica Ellicott manages to accurately portray the post WWII era while captivating us with delightful characters and keeping us on our toes as she weaves out clues as we try to figure out the whodunit and why. This story is like a well-crafted quilt. Each piece with its fine details is a work of art, but they may not appear to go together until the crafter pieces them all together into one magnificent masterpiece. Jessica Ellicott is definitely a master of her craft and MURDER COMES TO CALL is one of her masterpieces! Although part of a series, MURDER COMES TO CALL, can definitely be read as a standalone book. I will tell you though, that once you get intrigued by Beryl and Edwina that you will be checking out past books and be looking forward with great anticipation the next book in the series. I give it my big FIVE STARS!

  16. 4 out of 5

    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’ 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’s also hired help – a good-looking Irishman to help Simpkins. Things are going well; well, except for the burglaries in the village, the dead magistrate, and horrors of horrors, the stolen census paperwork. What’s great about these books is the characterization of Beryl and “Ed.” Both are full, complete people, Edwina possibly the best of the two. She’s the one who is indecisive over this new life of hers, not sure if she’s up to the task of being a “detective,” not sure if being a modern woman is what she wants to be. Readers get to agonize right along with her – testimony to the author’s skill at showing how hard it must have been for women to understand their changing role after the war, after such a cataclysmic event changed so much. Anyway, back to our plot. Are the cases connected? Shouldn’t we think so? Probably. And their under-gardener is accused, and so Beryl and Edwina have even more reason to get involved in everything. This is also a study in racial profiling, 1920’s style. Their interaction with Constable Gibbs is worth the price of admission, believe me, but they have to work together to solve all the cases, so, off we go, in a spirit of cooperation, and a bunch of suspects for all and sundry to work on. And everything comes down to wicked deeds done during wartime, to relationships forged at a time when the world was turned upside down – and to telling the truth on a census report. Well, Edwina can tell you all about “that.” It’s all resolved of course. And Edwina takes on a new challenge, to her amazement – but not so much to our own, I think, as we have been following her growth through four books now. And I hope we’ll see many more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Drebbles

    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 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 and while Edwina isn’t quite so sure, she agrees to investigate the case with Beryl. Add in their search for missing sensitive census papers and their work as Private Inquiry Agents is quite busy! “Murder Comes to Call” is the nicely done fourth book in Jessica Ellicott’s Beryl and Edina cozy mystery series set after World War I. I am loving the characters and setting more and more with each book and that is especially true with this book. Beryl and Edwina make a great pair even though they are seemingly opposites: Beryl is a World Famous Adventuress who will try anything but finds it surprisingly quite satisfying to be a Private Inquiry Agent in a small town; Edwina is a prim and proper Brit who knows the ins and outs of village life but is also learning to expand her wings – if only a tiny bit. I love reading as the characters grow throughout the series – they really do complement each other. The village setting and historical setting are also well done by Ellicott – especially the census taking which plays an important role in this book. Besides the murder mystery, there are a couple of smaller mysteries – all are well done – the solution to the murder mystery made me a little sad. “Murder Comes to Call” is a nicely done historical cozy mystery.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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 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 a talent for detection. This time around there is a hint of deja vu in the opening chapter. Beryl really likes snazzy cars, fast ones and she prides herself on being a very good driver. When we first met her she was dealing with a rather large fender bender. This time she has been given a citation for reckless driving. She was speeding....at 45 MPH. Off to meet the local magistrate and try to work her charm on the gentleman. While waiting her turn she encounters a young Irishman who is in a bit of a sticky situation. In order to avoid jail time he has to come up with a sizable fine in a short period of time. Beryl offers him employment working in their garden, doing the heavy work to help out their gardener. Soon there is a rash of burglaries and, being an Irish immigrant, the police focus on him. When a death occurs, he is in even more need of the services of Beryl and Edwina. The setting, the characters, the time period plus a very well crafted puzzle all come together to give the reader a most entertaining read. I like to read series in order but this works fine as a stand alone. My thanks to the publisher, Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Baker

    The fourth of Beryl and Edwina's adventures take place in their home village of Walmsley Parva. Spinster Edwina Davenport has lived there all her life, except for a stint in an all-girls boarding school, where she met Beryl, and the two became the unlikeliest of friends. Years later, internationally known, high-flying adventuress Beryl Halliwell is between husbands, a bit down on her luck, and determined not to return to America until Prohibition is repealed. Edwina lost much of her income durin The fourth of Beryl and Edwina's adventures take place in their home village of Walmsley Parva. Spinster Edwina Davenport has lived there all her life, except for a stint in an all-girls boarding school, where she met Beryl, and the two became the unlikeliest of friends. Years later, internationally known, high-flying adventuress Beryl Halliwell is between husbands, a bit down on her luck, and determined not to return to America until Prohibition is repealed. Edwina lost much of her income during the Great War and is quite desperate about keeping up appearances. The two quickly fall into their old friendship, pool their funds, and discover a talent for sleuthing. Beryl can be considered a reckless driver, not only by Edwina but also by local Constable Gibbs. Ticketed by the constable, Beryl appears before the Magistrate, a pompous individual named Farraday. Beryl proceeds to charm the Magistrate and escape what could be a large fine. Also in the court is handsome Declan O'Shea, new to the village, and Irish. Beryl thinks his harsh fine is more about his Irishness than his offense and hires him to help their ancient gardener. Declan also seems to be the natural suspect in a series of burglaries in the village as well. The census-takers' schedules have been stolen in the burglaries, and the ladies are hired to find them. During the investigation, they visit the Magistrate and find him dead at the bottom of the stairs. Could the murder and the census be connected? Murder Comes To Call is another fast, fun read in the series. However, I found it a little repetitive of earlier books and not as humorous as the first three. I enjoyed it, however, and thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an advance digital copy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    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 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 friends at school and Beryl is now living at Edwina’s home in a small and sleepy village called Walmsley Parva. They have started a private enquiry agent business to investigate various crimes that occur. When the two ladies happen upon the body of the local magistrate, their sleuthing begins. There are multiple burglaries in the little village, not the least of which is the census schedules which contain much personal information about the citizens of their small town. It’s interesting to see that Beryl is becoming somewhat more domesticated while Edwina becomes more bold. The two ladies and their business are having a very telling effect on their personalities and actions. I really like that the the author puts us into the heads of the two ladies as they see life through very different visions. I enjoyed reading the book and will look for new books in the future. I will also go back and read the first two books to find out how the ladies got together again in the aftermath of the Great War. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    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 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, they work with the local constable to see if there is a link between the burglaries and the stolen census forms; along the way, the local magistrate is found dead. Ellicott does a great job in providing enough possible suspects with plausible motives for all of the crimes. She could have gone in many different directions to explain the crimes, but I was very happy with the ones she chose. I was also happy with Edwina's further character development, as she continues to move from being somewhat prim and proper to taking more chances and deciding what she wants for herself. The end of the book brings an exciting development for Edwina, and this will give Ellicott the opportunity to continue with Beryl and Edwina. I look forward to reading more of Beryl and Edwina's adventures! I would definitely recommend this book if you have read any of the previous stories or are interested in this time period of British history.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brandy Ruffner

    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 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 census schedules and murder of the Walmsley Parva magistrate have all of the ingredients of a good cozy read. We see a lot more character development with both Beryl and Edwina and additional insight of the hardships post WW1 era. Simpkins becomes even a more beloved character and I love how he is now a silent partner to Beryl and Edwina’s sleuthing services. He provides more insight than previous books into their investigations as a result of the new partnership. Though Edwina still has reservations of Simpkins being considered part of her household, we see their relationship progress and we see Edwina becoming softer towards Simpkins and views him as part of her family. The plot was well thought out, not too obvious and just enough suspense to keep you guessing. The reasoning behind the why was also a great twist to the story. We see a happy and satisfying ending and a lot to look forward in the next adventure in the series. Jessica does a great job adding history, mystery and fun all into one book! I simply cannot wait for another adventure with these two and Crumpet!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maricell

    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 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 local magistrate. There she meets and decides to help hotheaded Declan O'Shea because "Don't you know Americans always root for the underdog?" With a spate of burglaries in the village, Edwina convinces Beryl to look into Declan's background. Soon, Beryl and Edwina find the body of the magistrate and use their new case as justification to investigate both the burglaries and the magistrate's death. This cosy mystery kept me guessing until the reveal of the culprit. In addition, the ending has a lovely surprise! Full of humor and humanity, this book has the right tone to entertain and lift your spirits.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    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 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 staircase. Given the state of the house, his death appears to be connected to a rash of robberies in the village. Declan O’Shea, the handsome helper Beryl hired to assist their aged gardener Simpkins, falls under suspicion after having had his own run-in with the magistrate—but mostly, Beryl believes, because he’s Irish. While unofficially looking into the magistrate's murder, the ladies are hired in their official capacity as private inquiry agents to find census reports that have gone missing. Is someone trying to hide something from the census takers—and could that theft have anything to do with the magistrate’s death? Beryl and Edwina are once again in fine form as they engage in a little reckless sleuthing to bring these assorted mysteries to a speedy conclusion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    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 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 are asked to locate the missing census reports and discover the not so beloved magistrate at the bottom of a grand staircase, as dead as can be. The investigation leads them into and through all sorts of angles and secrets.. A very easy flowing read, there is so much to enjoy about the story from the characters to the plot and sub plots. I appreciate the future references! This is one of my favourite eras to read and the details and speech of the time are well researched and believable. Cozy mystery and historical mystery readers will have fun zipping along through this! My sincere thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this charming book in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    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 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 death of the magistrate, but the mystery of the thefts plaguing the village. Murder Comes to Call is the fourth book in the Beryl and Edwina Mystery series, set in the post-WWI English countryside, and brings you further into the domestic lives of adventurous Beryl, author-wannabe Edwina, newly wealthy gardener Simpkins and the residents of Walmsley Parva. The village and characters are so well-described, and so realistic, that the reader easily and readily gets engrossed in the story and solving the mysteries. This is a wonderful series, Jessica Ellicott has a knack not only for writing an excellent historical mystery, but also for writing engaging dialogue and characters. I highly recommend this book and all the others in the series and anxiously await the next!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    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 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, they take action. They are hired to find the census schedules and find all three mysteries tied together in the end. This is the first book I have read in the series and I enjoyed it. It was light weight, just what I needed right now. I didn't feel like I missed much from not reading the previous books in the series, but I would like to eventually. And while Beryl and Edwina call themselves private investigators, the book definitely has a cozy feel to it. I received this book as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley and I want to say thank you for that. I will be glad to recommend this book to anyone.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Library

    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 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 people and not characters at all. The secondary characters of their gardener Simpkins ; their lawyer friend Charles Jarvis; and Constable Gibbs along with town regulars are also well developed, fully formed and add to the plot quite nicely. This book set after WWI deals with many of the historically accurate events of the time such as the ten year census which had last taken place in 1911; the unrest between Ireland and Great Britain; and the fallout from the war with soldiers coming home damaged in some way. Beryl and Edwina find themselves dealing with bias, home invasions and murder. Who better to figure it all out then the two intrepid friends? This is a cozy mystery not to be missed! The series just keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend you read it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Georgina

    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 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 to do some things on her own! Beryl learns a bit about herself, too, that she's not an instant success at everything. Once again, these two ladies experience the death of someone in an unexpected way and with time and perseverance they learn to deal with prejudices (their own and those of others) and ultimately, bring another mystery to a satisfying conclusion! I'm thrilled that I won this advanced reading copy and have given my honest review of this book. Jessica Ellicott brings her characters to life and I'm looking forward to the audible publication as Barbara Rosenblat's voice is what I heard while I was reading the book. The next adventure cannot come soon enough!!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    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 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 crimes? Those are some of the questions that Beryl and Edwina must answer. They are hired to find the census roles, but they believe the two crimes are related. The only complaint I can make is there is a little too much background information, but it is somewhat necessary to understand the relationships of the characters. Beryl is a flamboyant American who is living at Beeches, the home of Edwina. Edwina is a quiet English lady who has never left Walmsley Parva. I recommend this cozy mystery. It is well-written with wonderful characters. It is an enjoyable read.

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