Murder in the Blitz by FL Everett #FLEverett #KindleUnlimited @sophiarose1816

Posted October 25, 2023 by Sophia in Book Review / 14 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Murder in the Blitz by FL Everett #FLEverett #KindleUnlimited @sophiarose1816Murder in the Blitz by FL Everett
Series: Edie York Mystery #1
Published by Bookouture on September 21, 2023
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 312
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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England, December 1940: All Edie York has ever wanted is to be a real reporter, investigating daring hot-off-the-press pieces in her smartest pencil skirt. Instead, she’s stuck answering the telephones on her local newspaper, battling her worn-out typewriter and its missing ‘v’, and coughing through the Chief Editor’s pipe smoke as he dictates the wartime headlines.

So when Edie stumbles upon the seemingly accidental death of a Home Guard soldier, she’s determined to investigate fully. Maybe, if she can find out what happened and make a story out of it, she might be given just a few column inches of her own. What Edie doesn’t expect, though, is for her first (self-appointed) assignment to turn her from secretary to sleuth in less time than it takes to type ‘murder’.

With the local police, under the utterly irritating (but outrageously handsome) DCI Louis Brennan , stretched to the limit as bombs rain down, Edie alone has the time, and determination, to investigate. Despite Louis’ best efforts to keep her off the scent and her nose out of his police business, Edie discovers something that neither of them can afford to write off. Another body, whose identity will be on every front page in two seconds flat.

Desperate to prevent a further murder, Edie strides out into the blackout to find answers, an exasperated Louis hot on her tail as she plunges headlong into the mystery. Will Edie unveil the murderer and make headline news, her name in print at last – or will she be next…?

A Home Guard obituary story, a gunshot, and off goes intrepid Edie York to crack her first case and convince her boss at the newspaper that she’s got the right stuff for investigative journalism.  Set against the background of 1940 Manchester during WWII, Murder at the Blitz appealed to my new growing interest in historical cozy mysteries.

Murder in the Blitz is a first in series and like many of the same takes a bit to really get rolling with the plot.  FL Everett painted a colorful and historically authentic setting against which protagonist, Edie York lives.  The cultural situation for women joining the workforce in places that were once only a man’s world like a newspaper office and the home front in time of war like ration cards, bomb shelters, gas masks, and local home guard troops was organic to the story.

Edie’s got spunk and is bored stiff acting as a secretary, transcriber, and dogsbody at the paper.  She pushes for a promotion and gets it writing the obituary column, but that is not her end game.  She intends to be a flashy war time investigative journalist.  So, when a suspicious death happens while she’s on the spot, she naively jumps in and starts tracking clues.  How hard can it be?  She’s read plenty of murder mysteries.

Oys, this gal was as gullible as it gets and was lucky to survive her first case.  The reader is able to see what Edie cannot and it was frustrating and agonizing at first and, well, for a while.  But, she does learn even as she irritates the irascible police inspector who finally steps in to help her and the amateur squad she has brought together.

The murder mystery took to nearly the end to really grab me, but it did. Edie annoyed me a lot, but also showed growth and pluckiness that I respected and think I can learn to like her over the long haul.  I think its possible Edie was supposed to have a pretty big growth arc as a detective through the series and I’m curious to keep going and see if I’m right.  So, I’ll recommend this one to other historical cozy fans with the understanding that the book is a slow starter and the detective is starting without any super sleuth skills just determination.


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Posted October 25, 2023 by Sophia in Book Review / 14 Comments

14 responses to “Murder in the Blitz by FL Everett

  1. My grandmother actually worked for a newspaper in London around WWII era! She was also employed as a secretary/transcriber too! What a neat coincidence. She had so many stories, as she lived through both WWI and WWII in Europe, born in 1905, she was just a little girl during WWI, but remembered it well. Rationing, bomb shelters; it was such a different, scary time. I miss her!

    I’ll check this out!

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  2. Sounds like a slow start but maybe worth the time. I’ll wait to see your thoughts about the second book. I do love historical mysteries!