In Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rosett, Kate Sharp became a film location scout when personal reasons caused her to drop out of grad school in English, so she is excited when she gets on a project to find locations in England for a new film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. But then, Kate’s boss, Kevin Dunn, doesn’t return home from England, where he was looking for places to film in Nether Woodsmore. Afraid that Kevin has fallen off the wagon to his alcoholism, Kate goes to Nether Woodsmore to find him, but even the local scout, Alex Norcott, has not heard from Kevin since he was supposed to have left England. They retrace his steps with no success at finding him.
Then, just as Kate is about to call the police about her missing boss, she and Alex find his car in the river, and the police find his body farther down. But not everything adds up with Kevin’s death, and it soon becomes apparent that he was murdered. Together, Kate and Alex follow Kevin’s path both to discover what happened to him and to finalize the locations for the film.
Death in the English Countryside is a great start to a new series, and the countryside is as much a character as Kate or Alex. We easily visualize the scenery and homes they visit and enjoy getting to picture along with them what the various homes in Price and Prejudice might have looked like. The developing relationship between Kate and Alex is fun to follow, especially as they connect with the local police detective. I appreciate the fact that Kate does report things to the police instead of holding things back to solve for herself.
The audio edition of the book is performed by Sarah Mollo-Christensen, who suits this book well in her voice and use of expression. She has a gentle style that makes the book seem to come alive. I highly enjoyed the audio of this book.
I had a delightful time listening to Death in the English Countryside and went straight to purchase the next book in the series. It was a cozy mystery at its best. I give this book five stars.
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