Beryl and Edwina are back to solving mysteries in the second book of the Beryl and Edwina Mystery Series by Jessica Ellicott. In Murder Flies the Coop the vicar, who is also the Pigeon Racing Club President, approaches them to find out what happened to the treasurer of the pigeon club, who is missing, along with the club’s funds and several birds.
I found the mystery intriguing and was surprised by the ending. Though the mystery was intriguing I found Edwina and Beryl the best part of the book. I love their personalities, their differences and their friendship. Edwina tends to see things in black or white. Though rule abiding she stands up for something if it is more right than the rule. Edwina finds herself questioning the way the class system has worked. World War I has brought changes to that class system and Edwina finds herself questioning the way things have always been. Beryl is the opposite of Edwina. She sees no point in worrying and has the life philosophy of go with the flow and see how things turn out. Though the two friends are so different they respect each other and don’t try and change one another. It was fun to watch them work together despite their differences.
Though this is the second book in the series you probably do not need to read the first, Murder in an English Village to enjoy Murder Flies the Coop. I enjoyed reading both as I liked reading about the growth of the characters between the two books but I don’t think I would have been lost or confused or missed out on important details had I read only Murder Flies the Coop.
This is a fun comfy mystery. It is not fast paced but instead filled with descriptions of English village life in 1921 and great characters.
My copy of Murder Flies the Coop was provided by Kensington Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!