Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson and Jay Cooper
9/14/21; 128 pages
Ten Speed Press
Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson and illustrated by Jay Cooper is a very highly recommended, hilarious guide that would make a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys British mysteries, especially cozy mysteries.
As a cozy mystery lover, you are finally taking that long awaited
trip to England and look forward to seeing the quaint villages you have
read about for years. There are some important things to consider and
thankfully there is this guide to help you decide and plan your course
of action. As Johnson points out in the introduction, "It is possible that you will find yourself in a placid and tedious
little corner of England; it is just as possible that you will end up in
an English Murder Village." You won't know if it is a murder village
until it is too late, and that is precisely where this handy illustrated
guide will help you find your way through the traps that await you at
every turn and hopefully keep you alive. For example "The Village Shop: It sells cheese, stamps, and death."
The author warns you that the best course of action is to stay in the
urban areas, stay out of the countryside and continue on with your
life.But if you decide to venture forth, hopefully the guide will help
This entertaining, hilarious guide is full of allusions to classic literary crime scenes and British lore. Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village opens with a note to the reader and then is divided into two sections with specifics following. The first section is The Village, which covers: Building & Spaces; Residents; Events, and a Quiz over details. The second section is The Manor, followed by sections on: Buildings & Spaces; Rooms & Architecture; furnishings & features; Residents; Frequent Guests; staff; events; and a Quiz section. Alas, based on my performance on the quizzes, my chance of survival is under fifty percent.
Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village will make a perfect, funny gift to give to all those British mystery lovers in your life.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Ten Speed Press via NetGalley.