Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders (A Woman of WWII Mystery #1)

Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders (A Woman of WWII Mystery #1) The Start Of An Exciting New World War II Historical Mystery Series Featuring Charming, Quirky Air Raid Warden Poppy Redfern Summer The World Has Been At War For Three Long And Desperate Years In The Remote English Village Of Little Buffenden, The Redfern Family S House And Farmland Has Been Requisitioned By The War Office As A New Airfield For The American Air Force The Village S Air Raid Warden, Twentysomething Poppy Redfern, Spends Her Nights Patrolling The Village And Her Days Writing A Novel Of Passion It Is A Far Cry From The Experience Of The Other Young Women In Town Within Days, Two Of The Village S Prettiest Girls Are Dating American Airmen And Little Buffenden Considers The Friendly Invasion To Be A Success But Less Than A Week Later, Doreen Newcombe, The Baker S Daughter And The Popular Ivy Wantage Are Both Found Dead Poppy Realizes That Her Community Has Been Divided By Murder, And The Mistrust And Suspicion Of Their New American Neighbors Threatens To Tear This Town, Already Grappling With The Horrors Of War, Apart Poppy Decides To Start Her Own Investigation, But She Soon Unearths Some Unfortunate Secrets And Long Held Grudges She Will Have No Choice But To Lay A Trap For A Killer So Perilously Close To Home, She Might Very Well Become The Next Victim

TESSA ARLEN, the daughter of a British diplomat, was brought up and educated in the beautiful Chiltern Hills of England, when she was not visiting her parents oversees in Asia, India and Europe Her books are set in the pastoral beauty of her native England among its flint stone villages, softly rolling hills, and airy beech woods Greatest influences on Tessa s writing are hands down Kenneth

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  • Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders (A Woman of WWII Mystery #1)
  • Tessa Arlen
  • English
  • 17 January 2019

10 thoughts on “Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders (A Woman of WWII Mystery #1)

  1. says:

    Move over, Nancy Drew There s a young redhead attired with an Air Raid helmet and binoculars who s been blessed with plenty of spunk and attitude Kinda finding a foothole in your territory, Girl.It s the Summer of 1942 and the small English village of Little Buffenden is preparing for air raids by the Germans with blackout curtains and practice routines guiding its inhabitants to underground safety Poppy Redfern has been commissioned as the Air Raid Warden and she takes her role seriously With personal canine pet Bess in tow, Poppy makes her rounds each evening Although hardly twenty, Poppy has shown responsibility every step of the way.Things have changed drastically in the village as the American Air Force is building a new airfield nearby and their presence at the local pubs and cafes is not always met with friendliness Even so, the Americans have been dating young women in the village Eyebrows have gone up on disapproving faces.The routines of day to day living have been shaken when the bodies of two of those women have been found murdered Accusations are thrown into the air with their targets directed at the Americans Our gal Poppy takes her mystery skills as a part time writer and implements them into finding out who is behind the murders.Tessa Arlen creates a journey into times past with an emphasis on the sacrifices made during World War II and the stress and uncertainty of potential raids on the English countryside But then she rounds out her story with developing a delightful character in Poppy Poppy s exploits give depth and interest The mystery is hardly mindboggling, but it provides an enjoyable escape from some of our heavy duty reads Love the bookcover and love the thought that there s a 2 in the making.I received a copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways My thanks to Berkley Publishers and to Tessa Arlen for the opportunity.

  2. says:

    OMG that cover And OMG is Poppy Redfern fab a gutsy air warden and amateur detective extraordinaire in the English village of Little Buffenden This charming mystery, the first in a new Arlen series, is set in 1942 during my fave historical era, the British blitz.The War Office has taken over Poppy s family home and farm for an American Air Force airfield If that s not troubling enough, two young women involved with American servicemen are found dead Tension runs high between the locals and the Americans and shake the little village to its core.Poppy investigates with help from an attractive American pilot Can they unravel the mystery as she sets a trap close to home for the killer, or will she be the next victim I love Arlen s fine writing, the compelling narrative, the characters, and really everything about this sweet mystery As she wrote when announcing publication I was raised on stories of the Blitz in London My father was given a thrashing because he and his cousin sat up on the roof of their house in Greenwich with their Spam sandwiches to watch a dogfight between Messerschmidts and Spitfires That hearty spirit and heritage inform her writing and blitz us with delight 5 of 5 enthusiastic stars Pub Date 05 Nov 2019.Thanks to the author, Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the review copy Opinions are mine PoppyRedfernAndTheMidnightMurders NetGalley

  3. says:

    OMG that cover And OMG is Poppy Redfern fab a gutsy air warden and amateur detective extraordinaire in the English village of Little Buffenden This charming mystery, the first in a new Arlen series, is set in 1942 during my fave historical era, the British blitz.The War Office has taken over Poppy s family home and farm for an American Air Force airfield If that s not troubling enough, two young women involved with American servicemen are found dead Tensions run high between the locals and the Americans and shake the little village to its core.Poppy investigates with help from an attractive American pilot Can they unravel the mystery as she sets a trap close to home for the killer, or will she be the next victim I love Arlen s fine writing, the compelling narrative, the characters, and really everything about this sweet mystery As she wrote when announcing publication I was raised on stories of the Blitz in London My father was given a thrashing because he and his cousin sat up on the roof of their house in Greenwich with their Spam sandwiches to watch a dogfight between Messerschmidts and Spitfires That hearty spirit and heritage inform her writing and blitz us with delight 5 of 5 enthusiastic stars Pub Date 05 Nov 2019.Thanks to the author, Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the review copy Opinions are mine PoppyRedfernAndTheMidnightMurders NetGalley

  4. says:

    I was raised on stories of the Blitz in London My fifteen year old father was given a thrashing because he and his cousin sat up on the roof of their house in Greenwich with their Spam sandwiches to watch a dogfight between Messerschmidt and Spitfire fighter planes His stories and memories in no way diminished the severe deprivation that WWII on the home front brought to the British people they merely sought to lighten the load of a time of terror, loss and the unshakable belief that Nazi Germany would not prevail It was my father s voice I most often heard as I wrote Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders.

  5. says:

    Absolutely smashing Arlen pens a dynamite beginning to a new series, filled with wartime suspense, skillfully wrought emotions, and a liberal dash of romance Readers will fall in love with clever and quirky Poppy Redfern and the colorful villagers of Little Buffenden, as well as their dashing new neighbors the American Airmen.

  6. says:

    When I first saw the title and cover of Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders several months before it was published, I was smitten with both I was almost afraid to read it, unsure if Poppy could possibly be a character as great as her name or the story could possibly match that stunning cover Well, she is, and it does The history and the mystery are combined beautifully The English village of Little Buffenden in 1942 is a charming setting, despite murder seeping into the dark of night I m a fan of stories that show the importance of women during WWII, and this book does that, showing the courage and commitment required by the British women on the home front.There has been an invasion in the village of Little Buffenden, but it s a friendly one American pilots and Airforce personnel have arrived to man the newly built air base adjacent to the village There are mixed feelings towards the soldiers, a welcome for the much needed help against the Germans they provide, but at the same time resentment that help is needed from them Poppy Redfern and her grandparents have reason to resent the Americans, as it is the Redfern s family home of Reaches and farmland that have been confiscated and turned into the new airfield But, they seem fine with their temporary lodging, as they are happy to do their duty and make the sacrifice in the war effort Young and enthusiastic, Poppy has just returned from London and her training to be the air raid warden for Little Buffenden, and she eager to help keep her village safe Making the rounds at night to ensure that all the villagers have properly secured their blackout curtains and that they understand the dangers of non compliance, she is accompanied by her small dog Bess But, when danger shows up, it s not the Germans bombing them in the dark, it s a murderer preying on the young women of Little Buffenden Poppy has barely started her job as ARP Warden when Doreen Newcombe, a young woman whom Poppy had known since a child, is found strangled Doreen had been dating an American serviceman, and the villagers immediately cast suspicion upon him as an outsider When another young lady is found murdered, Poppy s doubts about an American being responsible for the murders prods her into doing some of her own investigating She s encouraged by handsome, charming American pilot Griff O Neal, who is concerned about American servicemen being blamed and who also provides the romantic element of the book in connection to Poppy The list of suspects in the murders are eliminated one by one as Poppy digs into alibis and motives, and the shorter the list, the closer Poppy is to becoming a victim herself Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders is the first in A Woman of World War II Mystery series by Tessa Arlen, and I m happy to say that it was a smashing success for me In the beginning of the book, Arlen acknowledges her father and grandfather for the many stories of WWII that they shared with her It s quite obvious by the details of the story, from the bombings in London to the daily rationing in Little Buffenden, that the author listened carefully to her primary human sources and then did continuing research to give the reader not only an accurate depiction of the time, but a sense of being there Bringing history alive in a narrative takes a special skill, and Tessa Arlen has that skill There is even an appendage at the conclusion of the story explaining certain unique aspects of Britain s home front during WWII The characters for this new series have had a great start in development in this first book, with the main characters, especially Poppy, gaining a firm foothold in WWII England and her part in serving her country I especially like that Arlen sets up expanding possibilities for Poppy s role in doing her duty, and her personal life is wide open, too No closed boxes here Poppy will endear herself to readers as a plucky, fearless, compassionate young woman who takes her responsibilities seriously and doesn t stop until justice prevails Readers will be eager to see where those responsibilities lead her.

  7. says:

    Poppy Redfern is the only Air Raid Warden in her town of Little Buffenden Her family s house and farmland have been requisitioned by the War Office to build a new airfield for the American Air Force The invasion by American Airmen is a sort of friendly invasion that is resented by many in the isolated and insular town.Tensions rise even when two young women who were dating American Airmen are found strangled to death and a third young woman narrowly escapes death Poppy is one of the few who don t believe that an American soldier is the strangler She is busy investigating as she does her rounds She is helped by American Lieutenant Griff O Neal even though he does some suspicious things in the course of this story.I liked that there were a number of suspects and that the murderer wasn t necessarily the obvious choice I liked the interesting characters who lived in the village I liked Poppy who was attractive and bright but who lacked a little self confidence I liked that she had a hidden life as a writer I liked her canine companion Bess This was an engaging and entertaining mystery for fans of stories set during World War II.

  8. says:

    True Rating 3.5 stars Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders is the first book in the A Woman of WWII Mystery series and it truly gives the reader a feeling of what life in the English village of Little Buffenden would have been like in the 1940 s during WWII Protagonist, Poppy Redfern, was a woman who had a mind of her own and I liked her immensely She was a newly trained Air Raid Precautions ARP Warden and she took her job very seriously With an American airfield having just been built adjacent to the village, Poppy knew the chances of an air raid had increased exponentially and it was up to her to make the residents understand the threat that they were truly under.The people of the village might not have been too worried about the reality of a bombing but what did concern them were the Americans themselves After two girls, who were dating airmen, turned up murdered, the townspeople had begun casting aspersions about the presence of all the Americans Despite public opinion, Poppy did not necessarily believe that it was the American boyfriends who were responsible for the recent murders In addition to her ARP duties, she decided to do some amateur sleuthing and even partnered with an American pilot in hopes of finding clues revealing who was responsible for the deaths before the tensions between the villagers and the Americans escalated out of control.In Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders, the details of village life for residents of Little Buffenden during WWII was wonderfully done The tensions that were felt, as well as the rationing of everyday goods, really painted a picture of what life would have been like during this time I liked Poppy s character very much but I wish attention had been paid to the other characters in this story as well Griff, Poppy s sleuthing partner, was a nice guy but his development felt lacking to me and I wasn t as invested in his and Poppy s interactions as much as I should have been I will say that the mystery in this story was interesting, with a few red herrings thrown in for good measure Overall, Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders is a story that is filled with many wonderful historical details and it will absolutely appeal to fans of historical cozy mysteries.This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Berkley Prime Crime It is an honest and voluntary review The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  9. says:

    Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders by Tessa Arlen is the first A Woman of WWII Mystery Poppy Redfern is a spunky woman who has become the Air Raid Warden for Little Buffenden, England She spends her daytime hours working on a novel featuring her heroine, Ilona Linthwaite and her evening patrolling the village But then someone begins killing off the young women in the town who are dating American soldiers Poppy believes the wrong man was arrested for the crime and so does Lt Griff O Neal The two work together to get to the truth I thought Poppy was a great character with her red hair and zest for life I appreciated that she had a unique position as Air Raid Warden She is progressive than the grandparents who raised her and she currently lives with in their small village I wish the author had taken the time to establish the other characters I would have liked on Griff and Poppy s grandparents We are introduced to a number of villagers and I found it difficult to keep them straight The author captured the time period with rationing, homes requisitioned, lack of men, air raids, planes flying overhead, Anderson shelters and bombs dropping out of the sky I felt like I was transported back in time with the author s descriptive writing I did find the pacing to be on the slow side I wish it had a little pep The mystery had some good components There are two dead women, unique murder weapons, misdirection, and a unique takedown scene Unfortunately, the guilty party stood out like a beacon on a dark night I would have liked a complete wrap up instead of part truth and part supposition I also felt the book needed action and less of Poppy thinking about her book, the town, Griff, the case Little Buffenden is a typical small town Poppy has known the residents her whole life They like to offer advice plus pump her for information Gossip spreads rapidly in this quaint hamlet This is a good start to a new historical mystery series The ending gives us a glimpse of what Poppy will be up to in the next book Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders is an appealing new historical cozy mystery with bomb blasts, good natured gossips, ration regulations, a hijacked house and a conniving killer.

  10. says:

    While I enjoyed the characters and setting, I found the plot and mystery way too predictable It was almost disappointing to be so right And some of the story was much too instant for my taste, especially in book one But I d be willing to see where book two would go.

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