Murder in an English Village-Cover Reveal

Jessie: enjoying the salty breezes on the coast of Maine

MURDER IN AN ENGLISH VILLAGEAs seems to be my habit, I am working away on a September 1 deadline. This year it’s for the second book in my new Beryl and Edwina mystery series. I am having a great deal of fun spending time with the two protagonists in this book. Every day when I sit down to my desk I am eager to get to work. It feels a bit like sitting alone in a restaurant eavesdropping on the fascinating conversation between the people at the next table.

The funny thing is, I’m not even sure where these two came from. They simply popped into my head and set up shop. They arrived full-blown with physical attributes, quirks in their personalities and partial back stories. I just love it when that happens.

The village where the series takes place evolved quickly too. Years of reading mystery set in England and a self-indulgent attitude towards Netflix binge watching have given me a good sense of which buildings ought to be there. The greengrocer, the church hall and the stationer come sweetshop are all present and correct. So are the winding lanes, rolling hills, and cottage gardens.

I have always loved mysteries set in England. It is such a delight to be writing one of my own.  I’m thrilled to be sharing the cover with all of you today.

Readers,  do you love books set in any particular foreign locations? Writers, is there a place you have always wanted to set a book?

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About Jessie Crockett

Jessie Crockett wears a lot of hats, both literally and literarily. As Jessie Crockett she is the Daphne Award winning author of Live Free or Die and the nationally bestselling Sugar Grove series. As Jessica Ellicott she has received starred reivews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal for her historical mystery Murder in an English Village. As Jessica Estevao she writes the Agatha Award nominated Change of Fortune Mysteries. She loves the beach, fountain pens, Mini Coopers and throwing parties. She lives in northern New England where she obsessively knits wool socks and enthusiastically speaks Portuguese with a shocking disregard for the rules of grammar. As Jessie Crockett she’s the author of the nationally bestselling Sugar Grove Mysteries and the Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Live Free or Die.

34 thoughts on “Murder in an English Village-Cover Reveal

  1. I am so excited for this series, Jessie, and I love the cover. Can’t wait to read about their adventures!

  2. So looking forward to meeting Beryl and Edwina! I enjoy trying to find “clues” on the cover. Is the auto following the girls? Who is casting the mysterious shadow which interests the little dog? Intriguing!

  3. Love the cover! I enjoy mysteries set in England. Especially cozies set in villages. I guess it goes back to Miss Marple. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading the book. P.S. Love the dog.

    • I love the Miss Marple books and stories too! And I really enjoyed adding Edwina’s dog Crumpet to the books. I am terribly alllergic to dogs in real life so adding them to fiction can be a lot of fun without all the sneezing.

  4. Love the cover! and also love international intrigue generally—visiting some other place through fiction about it. Not sure I could pick one location that stands out!

  5. Sounds like a fun series. I tend to be drawn to books set in America more than England, but I’ve enjoyed quite a few books set there, and your enthusiasm is contagious. Looking forward to this one. Great cover!

  6. I absolutely love the basis for this series. I am a fan of all the old cozies and movies made from them. Congratulations!

  7. Great cover! I do like books set in small towns or villages, especially since they usually have an interesting cast of characters. I look forward to reading the series. When does the first book debut?

  8. I’ve never been to England, but ever since being introduced to Miss Marple (a zillion years ago), I have been in love with small English villages. Really looking forward to adding this series to my bookshelf. Love the cover!

  9. Love books set in other countries. Especially if they portray more than a little bit if their culture. The different terms used for common things. “What?” “Oh!” With a light chuckle, “You mean…” Or even the customs or little phrases

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