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Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders [EPUB] ✺ Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders By Tessa Arlen – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 The start of an exciting new World War and the eBook ✓ II historical mystery series featuring charming, quirky Air Raid Warden Poppy Redfern SummerThe 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 Poppy Redfern PDF \ 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 Redfern and the eBook ✓ 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.


10 thoughts on “Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders

  1. Linda Linda 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 Wi 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. Literary Soirée Literary Soirée 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 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. Tessa Arlen Tessa Arlen 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 Ger 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.https bookriot.com 2020 02 05 die h


  4. Literary Soirée Literary Soirée 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 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


  5. Anna Lee Huber Anna Lee Huber 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. Mark Baker Mark Baker says:

    Poppy Redfern is the new air raid warden for her village in England in 1942 This has become an important job since an American Air Force base as recently moved into the area Some of the young women have started dating Americans, but when two of them turn up dead, it sets up a divide in the village Even though an American has been arrested for the murders, Poppy doesn t think he is guilty She sets out with one of the American pilots to figure out what really happened But has she just made he Poppy Redfern is the new air raid warden for her village in England in 1942 This has become an important job since an American Air Force base as recently moved into the area Some of the young women have started dating Americans, but when two of them turn up dead, it sets up a divide in the village Even though an American has been arrested for the murders, Poppy doesn t think he is guilty She sets out with one of the American pilots to figure out what really happened But has she just made herself a target I ve been trying to readhistorical mysteries this year, and this one was already sitting on my shelf The author clearly did her research as the details of life at the time came to life Unfortunately, they tended to overshadow the plot, so the pacing was uneven Poppy was an interesting main character, and I can easily see her growing as the series continues, but much of the rest of the cast never really came alive for me While the book wasn t bad, it wasn t as good as I hoped it would be.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers


  7. Kristina Kristina 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 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 isprogressive 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 likedon 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 littlepep 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 neededaction 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


  8. Kathy Kathy 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 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


  9. Kathy Martin Kathy Martin 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 evenwhen 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 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 evenwhen 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


  10. Tamara Tamara says:

    Poppy Redfern is the local air raid warden ARW for her village, Little Buffenden Her family house and farmland have been requisitioned by War Office as a new airfield for the American Air Force Poppy is a bright, independent minded and strong woman When two girls from her village are found dead, Poppy makes it her business to find who killed Doreen and Ivy Even though she wasn t really close to either girl, their murders is a shock to this tiny English village.This took me until about the Poppy Redfern is the local air raid warden ARW for her village, Little Buffenden Her family house and farmland have been requisitioned by War Office as a new airfield for the American Air Force Poppy is a bright, independent minded and strong woman When two girls from her village are found dead, Poppy makes it her business to find who killed Doreen and Ivy Even though she wasn t really close to either girl, their murders is a shock to this tiny English village.This took me until about the middle of this book before it hit its stride for me I kept reading it because Poppy was such a strong character and I wanted to see where this would go I am glad that I stuck with it because it definitely picks up its pace Poppy is a well rounded person, she doesn t hang out with the popular girls, even though she may want to, I really admired her that she stuck to her guns about who she was I don t know if I really loved the plot line as it wasn t as strong as I would ve liked it to be In the end, everything was wrapped up but, I guess I would ve likedsleuthing to ensue


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