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  • A Report of Murder

  • An Edie York Mystery, Book 1 (F.L. Everett)
  • By: F.L. Everett
  • Narrated by: Zoe Mills
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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By: F.L. Everett
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Summary

A completely addictive historical cozy mystery

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 brilliantly addictive and totally twist-packed cozy historical mystery perfect for fans of Richard Osman, Sarah Yarwood-Lovett, and Ian Moore.

"An addictive, authentic page-turner: Edie York has the makings of a classic amateur detective in the great Golden Age tradition." (Erin Kelly, bestselling author of He Said / She Said)

©2023 F.L. Everett (P)2023 Bookouture , an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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  • 26-09-23

Enjoyable story that kept me guessing

I don't usually go for stories set in this period, but thought I'd give this one a go, and I'm really glad I did. Edie, the protagonist, is likeable and relatable and I quickly warmed to a number of the other characters too. they are well written, rounded and believable. The story is set in a city I've never been to, but I now have strong images in my mind as the scene was well set with descriptive but not overly flowery language.
I look forward to the next book.

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Great story and narrator

Good plot with a twist. Historical drama at its most evocative. Narrator is good and authentic Manchester voices bring it to life beautifully

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Wartime shenanigans

A good story although not hard to guess the wrong uns and a rather large plot hole I must have missed the answer to. Tha characters are fine although the police inspector goes from but a dick to noble veteran of Spain in about 10 minutes.

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Fantastic, Amazing,

I barely put it down from the moment I started it. brilliantly written and was a joy to listen to. I felt like I was in 1940's Manchester, dodging bombs and sneaking through the blackout.

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An enjoyable period crime classic

Loved the period details of wartime Manchester, the nods to Christie and the characters. Doesn’t hold back with the body count, which is a good thing. Looking forward to more.

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A great read!

A really engaging plot, lots of well researched detail and a great lead character. Witty, well paced and unpretentious.

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