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World War II England


Berried Alive

by Kate Kingsbury

This is a light mystery in the “cozy” tradition set in the quiet village of Sitting Marsh. Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton feels it her duty to solve the mystery of the recurrent deaths of American airmen who have been billeted in her manor. Complicating her efforts is village resentment of the Yanks, whose success with local girls is evident, as well as the myriad problems suffered by homefront areas such as Sitting Marsh during the war. Referred to in the story is food rationing, the “Housewives League” whose purpose was create comfort items for Britain’s soldiers abroad, and the mobilization of women who were needed to assume positions in factories, farms, and other employments formally held by the men. Even Elizabeth’s unsolicited role as the region’s “lady” is new, a title she recently inherited after the untimely death of her parents in a bombing raid. As lady she must avoid becoming the center of gossip - a difficult task given her growing feelings toward Earl Monroe, a handsome but unfortunately already married American Major.

This is Kingsbury’s sixth and most recent book in her series. Historical background or reference bibliography not included.



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