From Goodreads: “Young widow, Isobella Bridges discovered and fell in love with The Yellow Cottage as a child. Many years later she returned to the Island, discovered it was for sale and bought it on a whim. Or so she thought.
She had no idea at the time how much it would change her life, nor that it was yet to reveal all it’s secrets. Ones that even Ella couldn’t imagine.
She purchased the cottage from an old lady, but this was no ordinary old lady. And she left her cat, but this was no ordinary cat. Ella soon realises that this isn’t the only gift the old lady left.
Having only been in residence a few short weeks, and still unpacking boxes, she receives a telephone call from her brother, inviting her up to London for Sunday lunch.
This call sets in motion a series of events that puts Ella’s life, and those of the people closest to her in danger. ”
‘An Accidental Murder’ is a cosy amateur sleuth novella, with a difference. Set in 1930’s England, it is the first in the series of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries.
This was such a fun listen and a fantastic start to the wonderful Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series.
I really enjoyed learning all about how Ella became involved with Scotland Yard as a consulting detective. As with the other cases later in the series, this first case was a lot more involved than I first thought. I guessed the bare bones of the mystery, but didn’t have a clue as to the hows or whys. I loved that it took a darker turn, but it wasn’t gruesome in anyway whatsoever, as this is a cosy mystery after all. In fact there were some funny moments involving Phantom, Ella’s ‘cat’.
I’ve listened to this series in a strange order, so highly recommend starting at the beginning as they really are delightful stories. As I’ve mentioned before, Jilly Bond is just perfect as the narrator for this series, and is so good at all the different voices and the way she portrays each character.
I can’t recommend this series enough if you enjoy cosy mysteries, especially set in the 1930s England.
Thanks to Hope Roy at Tantor Media for my digital copy.