Book Review: Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village

Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village
by, Maureen Johnson & Jay Cooper

Thinking of a foray to a quaint English village? You’ll think twice after reading this tongue-in-cheek illustrated guide to the countless murderous possibilities lurking behind these villages’ bucolic façades–from bestselling author Maureen Johnson and illustrator Jay Cooper.

In the England of murder mysteries and TV detectives, no destination is deadlier than a quaint country village, and you never know you’re in a murder village until it’s too late. No attraction or local character is safe–whether in the pub for a pint, or on the manicured grounds of the local estate for a shooting party, bodies can turn up anywhere! Danger lurks around every cobblestone corner. If you are foolish enough to make the trip, at least be prepared.

Brought to life with dozens of Gorey-esque drawings by illustrator Jay Cooper and peppered with allusions to classic crime series and unmistakably British murder lore, Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village gives you the tools you need to avoid the same fate, should you find yourself in a suspiciously cozy English village (or simply dream of going). Good luck, and whatever you do, avoid the vicar. 

When I was 15, I was fortunate enough to spend my summer in England. Since then, I have been obsessed with all things English and have traveled back just enough times to keep my obsession going. So when I see that the talents of Maureen Johnson and Jay Cooper are going to combine to “celebrate” English villages, I am going to have to pick up that book. And I am SO glad I did.

I read Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village in one sitting. Is there a plot line? Not really. Was I thoroughly entertained? Absolutely. Did I laugh out loud? Yes, many times.

Then I went back and read it again. This time, really taking in the brilliant illustrations. Using only black, white, and red, Cooper has created a fantastic, dangerous world.

The combination of Johnson’s writing and Cooper’s art is one that do don’t want to miss. And you don’t have to love England to love this book. It is funny and fun on its own. Highly recommend!!

I give this book 5 Sips!

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