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Thinking of a foray to a quaint English village? You'll think twice after reading this tongue-in-cheek illustrated guide to the countless murderous possibilities lurking behind these villages' bucolic façades—from bestselling author Maureen Johnson and illustrator Jay Cooper. A weekend roaming narrow old lanes, touring the faded glories of a country manor, and quaffing pint Thinking of a foray to a quaint English village? You'll think twice after reading this tongue-in-cheek illustrated guide to the countless murderous possibilities lurking behind these villages' bucolic façades—from bestselling author Maureen Johnson and illustrator Jay Cooper. A weekend roaming narrow old lanes, touring the faded glories of a country manor, and quaffing pints in the pub. How charming. That is, unless you have the misfortune of finding yourself in an English Murder Village, where danger lurks around each picturesque cobblestone corner and every sip of tea may be your last. If you insist on your travels, do yourself a favor and bring a copy of this little book. It may just keep you alive. Brought to life with dozens of Gorey-esque drawings by illustrator Jay Cooper and peppered with allusions to classic crime series and unmistakably British murder lore, Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village gives you the tools you need to avoid the same fate, should you find yourself in a suspiciously cozy English village (or simply dream of going). Good luck, and whatever you do, avoid the vicar.


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Thinking of a foray to a quaint English village? You'll think twice after reading this tongue-in-cheek illustrated guide to the countless murderous possibilities lurking behind these villages' bucolic façades—from bestselling author Maureen Johnson and illustrator Jay Cooper. A weekend roaming narrow old lanes, touring the faded glories of a country manor, and quaffing pint Thinking of a foray to a quaint English village? You'll think twice after reading this tongue-in-cheek illustrated guide to the countless murderous possibilities lurking behind these villages' bucolic façades—from bestselling author Maureen Johnson and illustrator Jay Cooper. A weekend roaming narrow old lanes, touring the faded glories of a country manor, and quaffing pints in the pub. How charming. That is, unless you have the misfortune of finding yourself in an English Murder Village, where danger lurks around each picturesque cobblestone corner and every sip of tea may be your last. If you insist on your travels, do yourself a favor and bring a copy of this little book. It may just keep you alive. Brought to life with dozens of Gorey-esque drawings by illustrator Jay Cooper and peppered with allusions to classic crime series and unmistakably British murder lore, Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village gives you the tools you need to avoid the same fate, should you find yourself in a suspiciously cozy English village (or simply dream of going). Good luck, and whatever you do, avoid the vicar.

30 review for Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village

  1. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson (Author), Jay Cooper (Illustrator) Having binge watched all the seasons of Midsomer Murders from our Texas home in the desert, I felt like this book would be for me. From my TV viewing, I know how dangerous the county English locales can be, that old folks are as likely to skewer you as to offer you tea (which is probably poisoned). Danger is lurking everywhere and the safer things look the more likely you'll die a v Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson (Author), Jay Cooper (Illustrator) Having binge watched all the seasons of Midsomer Murders from our Texas home in the desert, I felt like this book would be for me. From my TV viewing, I know how dangerous the county English locales can be, that old folks are as likely to skewer you as to offer you tea (which is probably poisoned). Danger is lurking everywhere and the safer things look the more likely you'll die a violent, gruesome, embarrassing death. This book literally illustrates the dangers so well, leaving out nothing and reveling in bad taste, bad manners, and bad people to press home the fact that if you have the misfortune of reading this book in a quaint English village, it's too late, your days are numbered, and you are soon to be buried where no one will find your body. I've never been so glad to stay home and NOT visit a quaint English village. Publication: September 14, 2021 by Ten Speed Press Thank you to Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    A playful and charming book! Love this guide and its beautiful illustrations of different ways and locations to be murdered while visiting an English village and manor. There are also quizzes, which I failed, sooo I guess I won't make it back should I visit. 🪦😳 I'll have to see a hard copy of this book at a bookstore. This would make a lovely gift for any cozy or British mystery lovers. Thank you Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press, and Netgalley for my ARC. A playful and charming book! Love this guide and its beautiful illustrations of different ways and locations to be murdered while visiting an English village and manor. There are also quizzes, which I failed, sooo I guess I won't make it back should I visit. 🪦😳 I'll have to see a hard copy of this book at a bookstore. This would make a lovely gift for any cozy or British mystery lovers. Thank you Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press, and Netgalley for my ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    Light, lovely and full of murder. Just the way a good guidebook should be.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I highly recommend this for any fan of cozy English mysteries, Midsomer Murder, Father Brown or Shakespeare & Hathaway. If you ever added up the dead bodies in Midsomer Murders, you’d expect the villages to be empty. This “tongue in cheek” warning explains the places, people and events to avoid. The Churchyard - Technically, you’re supposed to be dead before you end up here, but villagers aren’t strict about this. The Village Fete - It’s like The Hunger Games, but dangerous. The drawings have a I highly recommend this for any fan of cozy English mysteries, Midsomer Murder, Father Brown or Shakespeare & Hathaway. If you ever added up the dead bodies in Midsomer Murders, you’d expect the villages to be empty. This “tongue in cheek” warning explains the places, people and events to avoid. The Churchyard - Technically, you’re supposed to be dead before you end up here, but villagers aren’t strict about this. The Village Fete - It’s like The Hunger Games, but dangerous. The drawings have a fabulous Edward Gordy feel to them. This is great fun and a wonderful way to spend an hour chuckling away. My thanks to netgalley and Ten Speed Press for an advance copy of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: CRICKET What a lovely English pastime. A sport where the players wear nice white sweaters, the matches go on for five days, and everyone drinks large quantities of tea and gin. The terminology is so quaint! Wickets, pudding, bunny, teapot, lollipop . . . Just a lovely, civilised time, with players running around a squishy green field with paddle-shaped bats, whacking a rock-hard ball, thinking about how much they resent their teammates. The highest trophy in the cricketing world is lite EXCERPT: CRICKET What a lovely English pastime. A sport where the players wear nice white sweaters, the matches go on for five days, and everyone drinks large quantities of tea and gin. The terminology is so quaint! Wickets, pudding, bunny, teapot, lollipop . . . Just a lovely, civilised time, with players running around a squishy green field with paddle-shaped bats, whacking a rock-hard ball, thinking about how much they resent their teammates. The highest trophy in the cricketing world is literally an urn full of ashes, so don't say you haven't been warned. ABOUT 'YOUR GUIDE TO NOT GETTING MURDERED IN A QUAINT ENGLISH VILLAGE': In the England of murder mysteries and TV detectives, no destination is deadlier than a quaint country village, and you never know you're in a murder village until it's too late. No attraction or local character is safe--whether in the pub for a pint, or on the manicured grounds of the local estate for a shooting party, bodies can turn up anywhere! Danger lurks around every cobblestone corner. If you are foolish enough to make the trip, at least be prepared. Brought to life with dozens of Gorey-esque drawings by illustrator Jay Cooper and peppered with allusions to classic crime series and unmistakably British murder lore, Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village gives you the tools you need to avoid the same fate, should you find yourself in a suspiciously cozy English village (or simply dream of going). Good luck, and whatever you do, avoid the vicar. MY THOUGHTS: A mostly amusing and clever, tongue-in-cheek read for fans of classic English murder mystery series such as Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders, which I devoured along with my breakfast this morning. I did think the section on the butler could have used a bit more work. After all, isn't it always the butler? And a note of warning - don't do the quizzes! I only got one answer right, and it still killed me. Not to be taken seriously, unless, of course, you are planning on visiting a quaint English Village. I wonder if a body has ever been concealed in the thatch of one of those lovely chocolate-box cottages? ⭐⭐⭐.5 #YourGuidetoNotGettingMurderedinaQuaintEnglishVillage #NetGalley I: @maureenjohnsonbooks @clarksonpotter @tenspeedpress T: @maureenjohnson @TenSpeedPress #humour #practicalguide #crime THE AUTHOR: Maureen Johnson is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle (now on Netflix), and several works in the Shadowhunter universe with Cassandra Clare. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson and illustrated by Jay Cooper for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review is also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    A tongue in cheek poke at those English villages where so many cozy mysteries are set. A fun and amusing read highlighting places and people you want to avoid when visiting such a village. This includes almost everyone and everywhere but I enjoyed both the definitions and the reasons. A very quick read and one that I'm sure to reference if I take such a trip. "When you see the vicar, run. If you are not dead yet, the vicar is obliged to kill you." "Stick with the dogs. Dogs are angels and protect A tongue in cheek poke at those English villages where so many cozy mysteries are set. A fun and amusing read highlighting places and people you want to avoid when visiting such a village. This includes almost everyone and everywhere but I enjoyed both the definitions and the reasons. A very quick read and one that I'm sure to reference if I take such a trip. "When you see the vicar, run. If you are not dead yet, the vicar is obliged to kill you." "Stick with the dogs. Dogs are angels and protect us from everything and we don’t deserve them." ARC from Edelweiss.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This is a cute idea for a book for fans of cosy murder mysteries of TV series such as Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders. With macabre word sketches by Maureen Johnson and illustrations by Jay Cooper outlining the types of murders and situations to avoid in the typical quaint English village. Pretty much everything, whether it's the picturesque church, the village fete, the local friendly pub or the manor house there's danger everywhere. Short and quick to read with a fun quiz at the end to check This is a cute idea for a book for fans of cosy murder mysteries of TV series such as Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders. With macabre word sketches by Maureen Johnson and illustrations by Jay Cooper outlining the types of murders and situations to avoid in the typical quaint English village. Pretty much everything, whether it's the picturesque church, the village fete, the local friendly pub or the manor house there's danger everywhere. Short and quick to read with a fun quiz at the end to check how much attention you've been paying! 3.5★

  8. 5 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    Whatever you need to know about this book is in the title itself. It’s a guidebook to survival in an English village. As you already know from the various crime mysteries and detective stories set in this distinct site, anything that can happen will happen, and no place is truly safe. This travelogue includes not just survival tips but also quizzes you on situations you might encounter and marks you on your response. As you make your way through every funny titbit of warning about English villag Whatever you need to know about this book is in the title itself. It’s a guidebook to survival in an English village. As you already know from the various crime mysteries and detective stories set in this distinct site, anything that can happen will happen, and no place is truly safe. This travelogue includes not just survival tips but also quizzes you on situations you might encounter and marks you on your response. As you make your way through every funny titbit of warning about English villages, you will find yourself laughing and nodding along at the memory of the same trope being used in some mystery novel you read. Unfortunately, reading this book would also mean that now onwards, whenever you read a cosy mystery, you have an insider view of the setup and will be able to see twists coming a mile away. Anyone who loves cosy mysteries is sure to connect to every single one of the points mentioned in this funny little book. Right from village ponds to church towers, private rooms to public places, family members to village residents, this illustrated novella provides a detailed guide on how to escape with your life and limbs intact if you ever happen to visit any English village, the quintessential locale for murders and mysteries galore. As I progressed through the book, there was a sense of déjà vu as the content seemed to be getting more familiar. Then came a line that I remember guffawing at when I had first encountered it: “Stairs are the xylophones of death.” A quick Google search revealed the source article written by author Maureen Johnson on the crimereads.com website in early 2020. I just read through this article again and it’s like the precursor of this book. So you could take a look at that article as a kind of sampler. If you enjoy it, you’ll definitely find the book even funnier for it has lots more content to offer. Anyone who has a weird, twisted sense of humour (like Yours Truly here!) will ENJOY this book. The humour is very tongue in cheek and the BW illustrations (with a sprinkling of BLOOD-red wherever necessary) add a dash of spice to the ominous Baedeker. Pick it up when you are in the mood for a quick, light-hearted read. Thank you to Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press and NetGalley for the ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review. *********************** Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    As someone who compulsively watches Midsomer Murders, I KIND OF need this in my life

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    3.5 stars - This is a very charming, cheeky little book having fun with all of the tropes in murder mysteries set in rural English villages. The illustrations were super cute, and this is sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who reads and loves this subgenre

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This reminded me of Edward Gorey, and I love that about it! Especially Gashleycrumb Tinies. It hits all the highlights of how to survive in one of those English murder villages, of which the UK is apparently chock full, and introduces you to the situations and the people who will probably definitely kill you should you dare to visit.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    A combination of hilarious and macabre (and really macabre). This book pokes fun at typical English village murder mysteries in a "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" style. It's super quick to read because it's short paragraphs interspersed with frequent illustrations, and a couple of tongue-in-cheek quizzes to see whether you would survive your entry into "a murder village." If you've read more than your fair share of murder mysteries that involve innocent looking villages with a surprisingly high A combination of hilarious and macabre (and really macabre). This book pokes fun at typical English village murder mysteries in a "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" style. It's super quick to read because it's short paragraphs interspersed with frequent illustrations, and a couple of tongue-in-cheek quizzes to see whether you would survive your entry into "a murder village." If you've read more than your fair share of murder mysteries that involve innocent looking villages with a surprisingly high body count, you'll find plenty to amuse here. Thanks to NetGalley and Ten Speed Press for this digital review copy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Srivalli Rekha

    4.3 Stars *********** Read the full review here. *********** Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village is a short illustrated travelogue or a humor novella written with the good intention of saving lives. I appreciate the author’s efforts to come with this book and save unfortunate tourists from increasing the already high death count in English villages. The illustrations are perfect in their 50 shades of grey (minus erotica) and the fresh scarlet red to remind us of blood. De 4.3 Stars *********** Read the full review here. *********** Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village is a short illustrated travelogue or a humor novella written with the good intention of saving lives. I appreciate the author’s efforts to come with this book and save unfortunate tourists from increasing the already high death count in English villages. The illustrations are perfect in their 50 shades of grey (minus erotica) and the fresh scarlet red to remind us of blood. Death follows us everywhere in a sleepy, cute, and tiny English village, and there’s no escaping it. The tongue-in-the-cheek humor and the author’s dry wit are a potent combination. They bring alive the deadly secrets (pun intended) of unassuming English villages. As a fan of Agatha Christie and historical cozy mysteries, I loved just about everything in the book. Nothing gets too much, nor does anything get boring (how can death even be boring!). From village churches to vicars, spinsters, gossip lovers, manor stairs, the hounds, the freely available knives, poison vials, and scheming members, we’ve got to be wary of everything. The book works as a breather between heavy reads or as a little stress buster after a long day of work. Pick it up when you need to laugh (only if you have a twisted sense of humor) and feel the day’s weight slip of the shoulders. Thank you, NetGalley and Clarkson Potter/ Ten Speed Press, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. #YourGuidetoNotGettingMurderedinaQuaintEnglishVillage #NetGalley

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    This book probably won’t change your mind if a visit to merry old England is looming on your horizon, even though it does seem like the saying should be murder in old England, which isn’t very merry. Visitors are pretty much not safe anywhere. Or with anyone. Or by one’s self, for that matter. (Maybe you should go to France. The food is probably better, anyway, and you can have wine with every meal. It’s just a suggestion!) Anyway, back to England, where danger is everywhere. At least with help This book probably won’t change your mind if a visit to merry old England is looming on your horizon, even though it does seem like the saying should be murder in old England, which isn’t very merry. Visitors are pretty much not safe anywhere. Or with anyone. Or by one’s self, for that matter. (Maybe you should go to France. The food is probably better, anyway, and you can have wine with every meal. It’s just a suggestion!) Anyway, back to England, where danger is everywhere. At least with help of this book, you will know what to look for, and you’ll have a chance to make it out alive, if you are lucky! Really, I highly recommend this entertaining book, where great prose and charming illustrations fit together like a hand in a glove. Just make sure that gloved hand is not against your throat . . .

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maine Colonial

    I received a free publisher's digital review copy, via Netgalley. During the pandemic, my husband and I have been watching Midsomer Murders, from the beginning to (as of last week) Season 21. The various villages of Midsomer county are outrageously lethal, with murders happening in every spot that normally typifies the pleasure of village living. This tongue-in-cheek book is organized into short topics like: village buildings, events and residents, and manor houses and their spaces, staff, residen I received a free publisher's digital review copy, via Netgalley. During the pandemic, my husband and I have been watching Midsomer Murders, from the beginning to (as of last week) Season 21. The various villages of Midsomer county are outrageously lethal, with murders happening in every spot that normally typifies the pleasure of village living. This tongue-in-cheek book is organized into short topics like: village buildings, events and residents, and manor houses and their spaces, staff, residents and guests. I had to laugh at how often a topic is one featured on Midsomer Murders. Murder by bell tower, vats of cider or other liquids, murders in churches, murders using swords from suits of armor, and so on. The topics are accompanied by drawings that look a little like Edward Gorey illustrations. Though it’s entertaining, you should know that this is an extremely short book; one you can read in an hour or so. But it’s good looking, with its Gorey-esque typeface and artwork. It would make a nice gift for a fan of Midsomer Murders, Agatha Raisin, or other books and TV shows about English village murders.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jaymin Ewens

    Read this at the suggestion of both my parents and when I finished reading it I immediately handed it to a coworker who then read it immediately. Buy or borrow this boom and enjoy some much needed murder avoidance advice, a good laugh, and delightful illustrations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Anyone who reads mysteries set in the villages of England knows danger lurks everywhere in the charming setting. With illustrations and words about the various settings and people you may encounter, the authors provide readers with the knowledge they need to hopefully come out alive. They even include a couple of quizzes to test your knowledge. The book provided me with some laughs at a time I needed them. The. book would make a great gift for mystery lovers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    Funny and informative. If the results of my tests are to be believed then I would not survive a quaint English village.

  19. 4 out of 5

    kat ࿐ྂ ༉‧₊˚✧

    i don’t know why but i loved it

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I enjoyed this quick and humorous illustrated ‘guide’ that pokes fun at the murder mystery trope of the Quaint English Village with the improbably high murder rate. This book would make a fun gift for fans of those type of mysteries, provided they have a somewhat dark sense of humor. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen Foster

    This is the perfect little book to gift to any lover of cozy mysteries, Midsommer Murders, Miss Marple and the like…… I laughed at loud at this little charmer. It gently pokes fun at all the tropes we know and love, from all our favorite village set mysteries. And the illustrations and quizzes make this that perfect stocking stuffer. Recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    Get yourself a cup of tea and settle in for a nice treat!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Let me start off by saying I will read anything Maureen Johnson writes, especially murder mystery books. When this title was released, I was thrilled. I received an ARC from NetGalley and it was...well I don't know what it was. The book is an 'instruction manual' on how to not get murdered, as implied by the title. It was supposed to be a comedy/parody but instead it was just words on a page with no cohesive point to it. There were some lines that made me laugh ("The Village Shop: It sells chees Let me start off by saying I will read anything Maureen Johnson writes, especially murder mystery books. When this title was released, I was thrilled. I received an ARC from NetGalley and it was...well I don't know what it was. The book is an 'instruction manual' on how to not get murdered, as implied by the title. It was supposed to be a comedy/parody but instead it was just words on a page with no cohesive point to it. There were some lines that made me laugh ("The Village Shop: It sells cheese, stamps, tea, and death" // "The Gardner: The roses are perfect because of all the people under them") but overall I didn't find it comedic and I think that took away from the point of the book. Its divided up into sections that example how you could get murdered in a quaint English town. Buildings and Spaces - places in town to avoid Residents - people to avoid Village Events - events to avoid Rooms and Architecture - locations in buildings to avoid People living in the Manor - household, guests, and staff Manor Events - don't trust events the Manor hosts if you are invited It was a cute outline and had the potential to be funny but it came off more dull than actually entertaining. Overall, this book was not what I expected. The phrase I kept thinking over in my head was "what is the point of this?" I'd recommend checking it out if you want a quick, 30 minute read with nice artwork, but perhaps save this for a book you ask your library to get and check it out from the library.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    This book plays on tropes from English traditional and cozy mysteries, providing a guide to staying alive if you happen to visit an English Murder Village, where people drop like flies every day of the week. The idea is clever, pairing Maureen Johnson's humor with creepy black, white, and red illustrations, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I would have liked to. Some of the descriptions of places, people, and events in the village are wonderfully comedic, but others are just a sentence or two, This book plays on tropes from English traditional and cozy mysteries, providing a guide to staying alive if you happen to visit an English Murder Village, where people drop like flies every day of the week. The idea is clever, pairing Maureen Johnson's humor with creepy black, white, and red illustrations, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I would have liked to. Some of the descriptions of places, people, and events in the village are wonderfully comedic, but others are just a sentence or two, with statements that quickly become similar, repetitive, and overdone. The mere mention of death can only be an effective punchline so many times. Some of the illustrations and jokes are also very gruesome. Many people prefer traditional and cozy mysteries specifically because they are less violent and gory, so this is best for people who enjoy classic tropes and violent details. I particularly didn't care for the jokes about murdered children or orphans. This book will best appeal to people who enjoy dark and morbid jokes, but even then, the book doesn't have much staying power. This seems best as a library book, where lots of people can check it out for a few chuckles. I received a temporary digital copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This book is hilarious and a must read for anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, and other such mysteries, especially if you want to visit the seemingly charming villages where horrific crimes are committed. The illustrations are excellent and the "advice" will likely remind the reader of several notable murder mysteries. Thank you to Netgalley and Ten Speed Press for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is hilarious and a must read for anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, and other such mysteries, especially if you want to visit the seemingly charming villages where horrific crimes are committed. The illustrations are excellent and the "advice" will likely remind the reader of several notable murder mysteries. Thank you to Netgalley and Ten Speed Press for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Highly enjoyable and funny. I loved this short book about how to not get murdered in an English village. Anyone who has read a lot of mystery books will recognize the scenarios that are in this book. I loved the description of the family members in the manor house. A great treat for mystery fans.

  27. 4 out of 5

    John

    Wacky little book poking fun at every murderous cliche you've ever encountered. Cute and blood-soaked illustrations add lots of gory (Gorey?) fun. Wacky little book poking fun at every murderous cliche you've ever encountered. Cute and blood-soaked illustrations add lots of gory (Gorey?) fun.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Galloway

    This is just a delight — morbidly funny, snarky about the kinds of mysteries I love, and the art is fun (though a couple pictures are a lot darker at second glance). I’m knocking left one star because it really feels to me like the sections don’t feel like they belong in the same book. I mean, they’re all on the same theme but they approach it in different ways, starting at incredibly general and ending on the very specific. Maybe that was a choice I just didn’t understand. At any rate, I still This is just a delight — morbidly funny, snarky about the kinds of mysteries I love, and the art is fun (though a couple pictures are a lot darker at second glance). I’m knocking left one star because it really feels to me like the sections don’t feel like they belong in the same book. I mean, they’re all on the same theme but they approach it in different ways, starting at incredibly general and ending on the very specific. Maybe that was a choice I just didn’t understand. At any rate, I still enjoyed it all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Olosta

    A delightful little book, could've been yet a bit darker ;) A delightful little book, could've been yet a bit darker ;)

  30. 5 out of 5

    morgan ☾

    "we haven't had a murder in this village since... oh dear there's been another one" "we haven't had a murder in this village since... oh dear there's been another one"

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