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Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village
Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village | Maureen Johnson, Jay Cooper
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Thinking of a foray to a quaint English village? You'll think twice after reading this tongue-in-cheek illustrated guide to the countless murderous possibilities lurking behind these villages' bucolic faades--from bestselling author Maureen Johnson and illustrator Jay Cooper. In the England of murder mysteries and TV detectives, no destination is deadlier than a quaint country village, and you never know you're in a murder village until it's too late. No attraction or local character is safe--whether in the pub for a pint, or on the manicured grounds of the local estate for a shooting party, bodies can turn up anywhere! Danger lurks around every cobblestone corner. If you are foolish enough to make the trip, at least be prepared. Brought to life with dozens of Gorey-esque drawings by illustrator Jay Cooper and peppered with allusions to classic crime series and unmistakably British murder lore, Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village gives you the tools you need to avoid the same fate, should you find yourself in a suspiciously cozy English village (or simply dream of going). Good luck, and whatever you do, avoid the vicar.
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DebinHawaii
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Yesterday‘s library #bookhaul It was part of my first post COVID errands & required a long nap afterwards. 😵 I went to pick up my holds, The Verifiers & Fire in the Sea & then found the tagged book which I have been wanting to read, a small graphic novel & the plant-centered cookbook.
A good little haul—the 📚🐔 approves.

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wideeyedreader
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This is absolutely hilarious! Well worth the read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AmyK1
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This was fun. Now I‘ll know what to do if I ever find myself in an English Murder Village. (Hint: avoid the vicar at all costs!)

ErinSueMreads 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆 2mo
AmyK1 @ErinSueMreads I haven‘t but I‘ve just added it to my TBR! 2mo
ErinSueMreads They are super short and the cutest little books. 2mo
AmyK1 @ErinSueMreads awesome. I‘ll be on the lookout for them! 2mo
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Sparklemn
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Pickpick

This is a fun book if you‘ve read and watched as many British mysteries as I have!!

KathyWheeler I failed all the quizzes! 😄 2mo
Sparklemn @KathyWheeler Same!! 😃 2mo
Cathythoughts Fab pic 💫 2mo
Sparklemn @Cathythoughts When I found the pic, it said it was a vicarage in Grantchester. Not sure if it‘s the same Grantchester as the books & TV show. But I liked it! 2mo
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TieDyeDude
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Mehso-so

Reads like an idea book for Welcome to Nightvale. I would have liked more of the trivia questions throughout to break up the entries a bit. Cute.

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bthegood
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Read this book - it is quick and funny - if you read cozy mysteries, if you read murder mysteries that take place in English villages - you will enjoy this. It is a very short book with good illustrations and some helpful hints if you should happen to find yourself in an English manor in a quaint English village for the reading of the will of a relative you did not know you had -

#BookSpinBingo

Make a great day everyone - 🙂

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NovelGirl82
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It‘s been a long day…A little light reading about how to not get murdered should help 😉

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Laughterhp
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This was a quick, fun read! It was all so true and I thought about a lot of scenes from books I‘ve read. I love me a mystery book set in a quaint English village 💚.

I‘d recommend this book to you too, if you love murder in an English village!

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jlhammar
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So fun!

ElizaMarie Looks adroable 4mo
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Lynnsoprano
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A light, fun romp. I had expected a tongue-in-cheek murder mystery, but this is a detailed guide to locations and characters and the dangers they pose if you visit an “English Murder Village.” I flunked the quizzes, but I did learn to avoid the vicar🤣🤣 If you‘re a fan of murder mysteries set in English villages, you will love this. Just read it some place where you can laugh out loud without people staring.

MadelineMcCrae I got this as a gift for my sister and I‘m excited for her to read it! (And to read it myself when she‘s done :) 4mo
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Lynnsoprano
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I cannot put this down! It is laugh-out-loud funny, especially since hubby and I have spent most of our time in English villages on our trips. The description of the church, the churchyard and headstones had me doubled over with laughter. Thanks again, @Avanders

KarenUK Loved this one! 💕😂 4mo
Avanders I think I‘m going to have to get that one myself 😁😘 4mo
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Lynnsoprano
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#littleChristmasswap part 2. I cannot thank you enough, @Avanders What a perfect gift! And I can‘t tell you how many times I have almost pulled the trigger on A Bend in the Stars. Plus, I am in dark chocolate heaven! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😘. And huge thanks to @bookish_wookish for hosting. What a fun swap.

Avanders Yay!! 😘♥️🎄 4mo
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DGRachel
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Absolutely hysterical. Perfect for anyone who enjoys mysteries set in English Murder Villages.

EvieBee Lol!! 5mo
julesG Sold! 5mo
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DGRachel
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This is absolutely a #blameitonlitsy purchase. I‘m excited to read it.

Mitch 🤣🤣🤣I was looking at that for a stocking present for Mr K but went for this instead! 5mo
DGRachel @Mitch Hopefully Farm Machinery and Equipment will be more useful than a guide to not being murdered in your village! 🤣🤣 5mo
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NovelGirl82
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The rest of my weekend home improvement plans came to a screeching halt yesterday due to (what I‘m hoping is) a bad sinus infection that has been getting increasingly worse by the day. So today I‘m continuing some self care with an easy to read book & a bath with Vicks bath salts. Here‘s to no covid from the hubby‘s icu!

SRWCF Take care of yourself! 5mo
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elkeOriginal
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This guide to not getting murdered is a DELIGHT. Edward Gorey meets cozy mysteries! The tone and jokes are spot on and the illustrations are beyond perfect (with spots of red amongst the black-and-white - amazing!)
Definitely a #bestof2021
#dontgetmurdered

iread2much This title is awesome! 5mo
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inthegreensandblues
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Mikala! Thank you so much for the Christmas package! I am so delighted with these books! 🤓❤️💚🤗
Merry Christmas!
@Laughterhp

Laughterhp I hope you love them! I can‘t wait to read the tagged book!! It looks like so much fun. 5mo
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BooksAndYarn
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"They are xylophones of death"

Truer words have never been spoken

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BooksAndYarn
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I'm definitely having fun with this one

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KathyWheeler
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Pickpick

This is about all my mind was up to reading today. As a fan of Midsommer Murders and tons of other murder mystery books and shows, this book was a lot of fun for me — if a bit short. It included quizzes, which I failed, so now you know that if I ever say I‘m going to a quaint English village I‘m probably not coming back.

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Linsy
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This was a great start to my Agatha Christie week! It's a lot shorter than I thought, but great for a laugh! And a great gift idea for the holidays. 🔪

#nonfictionnovember #nfn21

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katy4peas
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Thank so much for my #HHS box of goodies @Patchshank ! I love them. You picked out my favorite sweet treats. Yum! The blanket is so soft and cozy and it has pumpkins! 🎃 This other picture is of all of my knitted pumpkins I made one year. 😁 The reusable bag is fun, and I like the colorful cookie tins. And of course I can‘t wait to read the books! 📚Thank you!!! Happy Halloween!! 🎃🧙🏻‍♀️👻🎃💕

@wanderinglynn

AmyG Those knitted pumpkins are 🙌🏻 7mo
Patchshank I'm glad you like everything. Your knitted pumpkins are great. I knit and crochet a little bit, but there is no way I'd be able to make stuff like that. 7mo
katy4peas @AmyG thanks! 7mo
katy4peas @Patchshank ha! You‘ll get there eventually if you practice. 😉🎃 The blanket fits in perfectly with my pumpkin obsession. LOL! 💕 🥰 7mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🧡 7mo
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triplem80
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Pickpick

This book was absolutely delightful! A really fast read, and laugh-out-loud funny (at least if you have a twisted sense of humor, like I do). It was the pick-me-up I didn't know I needed!

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quietjenn
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A very silly but fun book, for which I am very much the target audience.

vivastory This looks delightful! 7mo
batsy What a charming cover! 7mo
DanaManiac Based on my obsession with Midsomer Murders and Agatha Raisin, this sounds right up my alley! ☺️ 7mo
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quietjenn @DanaManiac as one similarly obsessed, I think you'd quite enjoy it! 7mo
quietjenn @vivastory @batsy perfect adjectives for this one 🙂 7mo
EvieBee This looks amazing! I‘m right there with you. 7mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Cute, short, illustrated book based on cozy mystery tropes. Would make a great holiday gift for cozy fans. #ARC #Edelweiss

DogEaredBooks Did you mean to “pan” this book? 8mo
Well-ReadNeck @DogEaredBooks whoops! Nope! Thanks for the heads up. Fixed it. 8mo
DogEaredBooks @Well-ReadNeck 😀 glad to help lol! 8mo
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jb72
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A funny book…short and to the point too!

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KarenUK
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Thanks to Netgalley for advanced copy…

This is the perfect little book to gift to any lover of cozy mysteries, Midsommer Murders, Miss Marple and the like…… I laughed out loud at this little charmer. It gently pokes fun at all the tropes we know and love, from all our favorite village set mysteries. And the illustrations and quizzes make this that perfect stocking stuffer. Recommended.

Cathythoughts What a great title 😂 8mo
kspenmoll This sounds right up my alley! (edited) 8mo
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Thndrstd
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If you read Agatha Christie or cozy mysteries of many sorts or watch Midsomer Murders, you know that rural England is probably more dangerous than the worst areas of London. With wonderful Edward Gorey-esque art by Jay Cooper, this book gives you advice if you must go to a quaint English village to avoid being murdered, although complete avoidance is best.

[I received an advanced e-galley through #Netgalley. The book is due September 14, 2021.]

DrexEdit Love this! I have been working my way through Midsomer Murders. It's amazing how many people are murdered there! 😂😂 12mo
johncadams I live in a quaint English village and I can tell you, not getting murdered is practically a full-time job. 11mo
Thndrstd @johncadams 😂 😂 😂 11mo
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