Guest Review: Death in an English Cottage by Sara Rosett

Posted April 26, 2018 by Lily B in Reviews / 20 Comments

Guest Review: Death in an English Cottage by Sara RosettDeath in an English Cottage by Sara Rosett
Narrator: Sarah Mall-Christensen
Length: 6 hours 21 minutes
Series: Murder on Location #2
Published by Tantor Audio on December 10, 2014
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon
Rating: 4 Stars

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It’s spring in England, and location scout Kate Sharp has returned to the quaint village of Nether Woodsmoor with its lush gardens, budding hedgerows, and mellow stone cottages to work on a Jane Austen television documentary. The unique opportunity also gives her the chance to explore a possible romance with Alex, the deliciously rumpled local scout.
Rumors of recently discovered Jane Austen letters stir up the production, but then an unidentified young woman dies in a fire in a village cottage, and the police investigation narrows to focus on the documentary crew.
Desperate to keep her job and help a friend under suspicion, Kate delves into the search for the identity of the woman. Who was she? What was her connection to the seemingly sleepy village? And who in the village is lying?

Sophia Rose’s Review

For this second outing in the Murder on Location series, the story returns us right back to quaint English village, Nether Woodsmoor. Kate Sharp has agreed to freelance with Alex as a location scout for a Jane Austen documentary.

I had a good time with the first book because the author did a great job introducing the world of location scouting and the adorable village and its people all with a nice twisting mystery. I think I enjoyed this second book more simply because it wasn’t the introduction book and got right down to things.

Kate’s something of a Jane Austen buff and Anglophile so doing location work in the English countryside is her dream job. She’s super organized, hardworking, and independent. She likes Alex and where things left off, but she’s cautious and senses he’s keeping something from her so she’s kind of got one foot out the door back to LA just in case. As a reader, I was privy to Alex’s secret since the last book, but I could see how his secrecy is wearing on Kate especially since she’s the type who over-analyzes everything when it comes to relationships. I got impatient with him to just come clean about it.

The romance was there and advances some more, but the mysterious goings on in the village including the murder is where the main focus is at. Kate wasn’t planning to get involved until Alex becomes the number one suspect. This wasn’t really one the reader could get easily because some of the important clues don’t come until later on and there are some extra mysterious activities that muddy the waters. I had a good time following along with Kate trying to solve it.

Sarah Mallo-Christensen did a fine job once again with the narration. She does a variety of English accents and American. Pretty good with the male and female voices. She strikes just the right tone for the story.

All in all, I’m really getting into this series and looking forward to each new installment. I wasn’t sure about Kate as a heroine I’d like in the last book, but I definitely liked her in this one. The mystery was fun and light and the setting was abso-fab. I can heartily recommend it to cozy mystery fans.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

About Sophia Rose

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

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20 responses to “Guest Review: Death in an English Cottage by Sara Rosett

    • Haha! No, that cover screams travel fiction or general fiction. It’s a good pick for the story since locations and settings are part of her work. The dog is part of the story, too.

  1. Hi Sophia!

    This book sounds like a lot of fun, a great warm weather read (or a rainy day one too). I’ve been reading a lot of really dark reads, I’m not responding to anything else esp romance! Maybe a cozy will be doable since there’s still something grisly going on lol

    • Yes, the first book I figured out, but this one had me chasing a red herring. πŸ™‚ The narrator is a good fit for a story set in the UK. Thanks, Carole!

    • For sure! I love Slink (she’s a greyhound named after the Slinky toy). She’s a sweet dog and Alex’s best bud. Oh yes, I do think it would make a nice Spring seasonal read with the English country village setting.

    • Me, too. She started off iffy for me in book one and then she seemed to let her hair down and not be so snobby, but then she started it again when she jumped to conclusions. I’m figuring out that it’s like her defense mechanism when she thinks her feelings will be hurt. Fortunately, it didn’t last and I could just enjoy the mystery, her work, and her time with Alex.

  2. I confess that when I saw the cover I thought it treated an entirely different genre, but I’m glad to read it’s quite a good cozy mystery! I live in England, so perhaps this could an extra-intriguing read for me, huh? πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I noted it down!

    • Oh yep, it could be a travelogue or something non-fiction. I think they were trying to portray her home and how the series theme is movie and tv set location work. It was a fun mystery and hey, maybe you’ll read something that sounds familiar. πŸ™‚ I didn’t pay close attention, but I think the village is further north near Manchester rather than London.

  3. This looks so fun and I love the idea of the little village, I already want to read about it. Midsomer Murders is on my Netflix queue too!

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