• Murder in an English Glade

  • Beryl and Edwina Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Jessica Ellicott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (443 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As friends, the boisterous and brash American Beryl couldn’t be less alike than the prim and proper British Edwina. But as sleuths in an England recovering from the Great War, they’re the perfect match....

The year 1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.

For over three decades, Edwina Davenport has lived comfortably in Walmsley Parva, but the post-World War I bust has left her in dire financial straits and forced her to advertise for a lodger. When her long-lost school chum Beryl arrives on her doorstep - actually crashes into it in her red motorcar - Edwina welcomes her old friend as her new roommate.

But her idyllic hometown has a hidden sinister side, and when the two friends are drawn in, they decide to set up shop as private inquiry agents, helping Edwina to make ends meet and satisfying Beryl’s thirst for adventure. Now this odd couple will need to put their heads together to catch a killer - before this sleepy English village becomes their final resting place....

©2021 Jessica Ellicott (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Not the best Beryl and Edwina adventure

The story gets a bit muddled and repetitive. There were a couple times when the dialogue in one part of the book was very similar to another part. A couple of times I actually thought I was listening to the same chapter because of the repetitive conversations. The story had a lot of extraneous narrative due to lazy writing and bad editing. This book wasn't as fun or interesting as previous installments. But it was still a worthwhile escape. Barbara Rosenblatt is a great narrator.

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Slow and meandering

Thought I would give this series a try, but alas it was not worth the investment. Story unfolded at a slow pace and delivered in a monotone.

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not quite as excellent

I understand that we are seeing a growth arc for the Ladies, but there was way too much jammed in one book where it took away from the potential of an interesting story. Sadly, this was a predictable story but staying on one arc per character would have been far more satisfying. adding the issue between the ladies was just over the top.

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I love it all,

I loved the storyline it kept my interest, and made me laugh the way Barbara Rosenblatt narrated it

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Meh

Boring book and the end hinges on a single clue not a collection clues. Meh

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Brava!

Thoroughly enjoyed this clever, humorous, and carefully crafted mystery.
Jessica Ellicott continues to provide hours of joyful entertainment along with the superb acting prowess of Barbara Rosenblatt, her brilliant narrrator! Thank you, Barrett

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Another excellent book by Jessica Ellicott.

Rosenblat did a wonderful job with the reading. It is a page turned and I highly recommend it.

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Beryl and Edwina

I very much enjoy Beryl and Edwina sleuthing stories!
This one seemed to start off a little slower and a bit disjointed in places but it picked up and had a wonderful ending.
I like seeing how the personalities develop and grow with each book and look forward to the next adventure.

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Good not great

I enjoy this series very much. Narrations is awesome. I have to say this book is not a good as the previous 4 books in this series however was still very enjoyable.

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Relaxing Listen

The hallmark of Jessica Elliott’s books is always the relaxing background within which murder and it’s resolution take place. Nothing too gruesome, lots of gentility, and a good helping of the quirkiness of old English culture. Although her stores move rather slowly , I enjoy savoring every moment as Jessica transports me to a world where old style manners are challenged by post WWI culture.

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  • Christine Hargreaves
  • 11-07-21

Lovely tale

Another one in the series, really entertaining and just what I've come to expect from our two detectives. Hoping for the story of Edwina and Beryl's exploits to continue.

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