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Murder Comes to Call
Beryl and Edwina Mystery #4
BY Jessica Ellicott

Kensington Books
October 27, 2020/ ISBN 978-1-4967-2484-7

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Beryl Helliwell is a woman ahead of her time. She travels alone, is daring, and is also a fast driver. She’s living with her school chum Edwina Davenport in the small village of Walmsley Parva, where she is in trouble with the law for reckless driving.

When she has her day in court the magistrate, Gordon Faraway, is taken with Beryl’s charm. He rules that after court ends for the day she will drive him home in order to prove her driving skills to him. Beryl counters that she will need a witness and recruits the legal advisor to the court, Charles Jarvis, to serve as such.

Days later, Beryl and Edwina pay a visit to the magistrate to discuss Declan O’Shea, the young Irish man who has been recently employed to help with the garden at The Beeches, home to Edwina and her guest, Beryl. To their surprise, the magistrate has been murdered.

There has been a series of robberies in town, including some census reports and the ladies set out to find the truth about whether the magistrate’s murder was a result of the thefts or of something else.

I’ve read previous books in this series and found them to be such a nice reprieve from the modern world. I adore Beryl and Edwina and although things in Walmsley Parva are far from ideal, they appeal to my wish for a more peaceful time and place.

As Beryl and Edwina conduct their private enquiries, there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. A visit to Walmsley Parva after World War I once again proves to be a most enjoyable time. Time well spent reading a good book—I highly recommend you get your copy today!

Reviewed 2020