A Deadly Mistake
Book 3 in the Lipton St Faith Cozy Mysteries
by Keith Finney
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Pub Date 20 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 21 Jan 2022
The third and final book in the Lipton St Faith Mysteries.
The village of Lipton St Faith in Norfolk is a tranquil spot.
The most excitement it sees come from the antics of the local children sent from Liverpool to escape the air raids. Then one day a car accident claims the life of a young man, found with no identification papers.
Anna Grix, daughter of the local vicar and an amateur sleuth, starts to help local police officer Tom Bradshaw investigate. When they hear that the young vicar from Cambridge being sent to Norfolk has disappeared, Anna starts to wonder if this is connected to the crash victim.
She calls in the help of American serviceman Lieutenant Eddie Elsner, whom she met when he knocked her off her bicycle while driving his new sportscar. Now, friends, they get to work at solving the case of the unidentified body and the missing curate. But before they’re done there will be more victims, unsettling the peaceful village of Lipton St Faith and Anna’s life, forever.
If you love murder mysteries by Margaret Mayhew, Faith Martin or Joy Ellis, then this unputdownable novel from the bestselling author of Norfolk cozy crime will have you hooked!
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1941 Lipton St. Faith. Sergeant Tom Bradshaw is called out to investigate a car accident and the resulting dead body of an unidentified man. Then Anna Grix hears that a young curate has failed to appear at his new curacy. It there a connection. Next to help in the investigation is Lieutenant Eddie Elsner. But soon complications arrive including more bodies and the Official Secrets Act.
A well-written and entertaining historical mystery. With its varied and likeable characters though I didn’t take to Anna Grix. Another good addition to this trilogy.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
A compelling and entertaining historical mystery.
It's a solid mystery, full of twists, and I liked the plot and the fleshed out characters.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Set in Norfolk during WWII, A Deadly Mistake, the third in the Lipton St. Faith series, is simultaneously delightful, fascinating and gripping. It is a cozy Historical Fiction Mystery with bits of oomph in the form of espionage and the realities of war such as raids, food rationing and blackouts.
Anna Grix is the daughter of the local vicar and amateur sleuth. She helps policeman Tom Bradshaw investigate a car accident which may or may not be an accident after all. American Lt. Eddie Elsner is on the scene as well. But there is more than "just" this incident. Anna enjoys banter with both of her friends but we are privy to glimpses of romance and sparks fly. Characters have secrets, of course. My favourite aspects include domesticity with scenes of family life as well as the intrigue of spying.
A Deadly Mistake beautifully encompasses more than one genre and certainly has a wide ranging appeal. This is a lovely series to immerse oneself in.
My sincere thank you to Lume Books and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this compelling book!
I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every St Lipton Faith book, and I'm really sad that there has only been three books in the series. I was on a book tour for the first book, and when I saw book 2 and 3 available to request on Netgalley I immediately did just that and was thrilled to have been accepted. The books follow a Vicars daughter, Anna, who has become an amateur sleuth, who has help from the local constable and the dashing American RAF pilot Eddie. The characters are really fun, and the mysteries they set out solving are really well through out and planned amazingly. These are such incredible books!
This charming historical cozy mystery set in a quaint English during WWII is filled with family, budding romance and espionage. The local vicar's daughter Ann and her two companions; village police sergeant Tom and American lieutenant Eddie work together to solve the car crash mystery of an unidentified man. While I love cozy mysteries, A Deadly Mistake was actually a step out of my comfort zone as is was not your basic formula for a cozy mystery as it delved deeper into the spy world of WWII and espionage,which made for a more thrilling read. The main characters were reminiscent of Agatha Christie's sleuths Tommy and Tuppence and I really enjoyed the main characters of Ann, Tom, and Eddie. I especially adored the character of young Vinny as he brought an element of humor to the story. I loved how the author created a wonderful relationship with Ann's family and how they all loved and supported each other during WWII, which was such a dark and horrible time in history. I definitely recommend this book if you love murder mysteries set in an idyllic peaceful English village.
Chaos In Lipton…
The third and, it seems, final book in the Lipton St Faith mystery series finds the usually peaceful spot in Norfolk amidst some chaos when a car accident brings about unsettling events. Anna Grix, daughter of the local Vicar and sometime amateur sleuth, investigates alongside local police officer Tom Bradshaw. Will another crime be solved? Enjoyable amateur sleuthing ensues in this entertaining and atmospheric cosy mystery with a well drawn cast and a worthy addition to the series.
The first book in the series made a promising start, I missed the second and this is the third. Sleepy Lipton St Faith in Norfolk continues surviving the war with the addition of evacuated children from Liverpool. Vinnie, the lad taken in by the Vicarage is a definitive character. A young curate goes missing, a car accident claims the life of a young man - no identification, no number plates on the car, no nothing except death. Are they related. Vicar's daughter Anna is formally helping the police, her friend PC, now Sergeant, Tom Bradshaw but also brings in American Lt Eddie Elsner. They get involved with espionage, a Nazi sympathiser is trying to find out about American movements and there is a distinctly dodgy set of reverend gentlemen in the college from where the missing curate left. Enjoyable story but there is rather a lot of tea drinking, even for us, and even more driving around the countryside - even the police were rationed but you'd never realise it. On top of this Anna starts fantasising about which, if either, of the two men she prefers. As a pre-publication read it's fine but I do hope that there is a thorough edit before publication. Annoying grammar and text mistake - current buns!!! Thanks to NetGalley and Lume Books for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
Perfect mystery for a chilly day to curl up and read. Loved the setting and characters. I’m a big fan of WWII books so it was nice to read a mystery in that genre. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this early!
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