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Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders
By (author): Tessa Arlen
9781984805805 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical Nov 05, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Forthcoming 5.13 x 8 in 320 pages Berkley
The start of an exciting new World War II historical mystery series featuring charming, quirky Air Raid Warden Poppy Redfern….

Summer 1942. 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….

Story Locale: England

Series Overview: A WWII set historical mystery series set in Britain featuring charming, quirky Air Raid Warden Poppy Redfern as she investigates murders and navigates life during wartime.

POPULAR WWII SETTING: Unique WWII setting for a historical mystery series

STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST: The charming, authentic voice is exactly what readers are looking for

RARELY TOLD PIECE OF HISTORY: Set against the backdrop of Britain at war, in a period when just over one million Americans were stationed in England, and a weakened police force struggled to cope with a soaring increase in crime, life on the home front is almost as uncertain as it is on the frontline

Tessa Arlen was born in Singapore, the daughter of a British diplomat; she has lived in Egypt, Germany, the Persian Gulf, China, and India. An Englishwoman married to an American, Tessa lives on the West Coast with her family and two corgis.

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Praise for Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders

“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.”—Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries
“This engaging mystery introduces an intrepid new sleuth in Poppy Redfern and draws us into the lives of a small  English village, upturned by war and  the unexplained murders of two young women. I was enamored by the story and the residents of Little Buffenden from first page to last.  Three cheers for Poppy!”—Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Me No Questions, A Lady Dunbridge mystery.
Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders is a WWII gem of a novel with such a strong sense of time and place, you feel like you’re there.  Filled with characters you’ll want to meet again, it’s a compelling mystery that grabs the reader from the very beginning! A must-read for fans of historical fiction.”—Emily Brightwell, New York Times Bestselling author of the Victorian Mysteries.
“The enemy doesn’t stand a chance with courageous Poppy on patrol. You’ll love this character so much you’ll want her as your best friend. I know I do! I can’t wait for the next Woman of WWII Mystery! ”—Alyssa Maxwell, author of the Gilded Newport Mysteries and a Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries

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