When a German pilot escapes into the nearby woods, locals are in a panic But Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton believes the pilot is a harmless young boy until a local girl is found murdered


10 thoughts on “Death is in the Air

  1. Bev Bev says:

    Death Is in the Air is a cozy little English village mystery by Kate Kingsbury It is set during World War II in the village of Sitting Marsh Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton is the Lady of the Manor the first woman to lead the village alone in hundreds of years She is just earning the villagers respect when she does the unthinkable and allows American officers to be housed in the Manor Feelings run deep the locals and the British soldiers both take it hard that their girls are running after tho Death Is in the Air is a cozy little English village mystery by Kate Kingsbury It is set during World War II in the village of Sitting Marsh Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton is the Lady of the Manor the first woman to lead the village alone in hundreds of years She is just earning the villagers respect when she does the unthinkable and allows American officers to be housed in the Manor Feelings run deep the locals and the British soldiers both take it hard that their girls are running after those Yanks Lady Elizabeth works on a plan a dance to try and bring the two sides together, but soon they are brought together by something farsinister.murder and mayhem A German pilot crash lands near the village and manages to escape into the woods That very night, a local land girl is found murdered in those very woods Soon soldiers from both sides of the Atlantic and the remaining local constabulary are joined by a militant band of village housewives bearing kitchen cutlery in a hunt to bring the murderous German to justice But Lady Elizabeth caught a glimpse of the terrified young boy in the pilot s uniform and is not so sure that he s to blame for the girl s death There s a bit of jealousy running rampant among the men who sought her affections and the girls who thought she d stolen their fellows The culprit may be closer to home than the villagers think.This was a very pleasant weekend read The pace is quick and the characters are quite likeable I definitely enjoyed the growing friendship between Lady Elizabeth and Major Monroe The mystery isn t a particularly deep or complex one but the motive is believable No heavy duty thinking necessary I spotted the murderer and the reason fairly early but it was great fun watching Lady Elizabeth figure it out and bring the crime home to culprit This is actually the second on the Manor House Mysteries by Kingsbury, but I didn t feel like I had missed anything in not having read the first one I m sure there was some background that might have been useful but nothing that was absolutely necessary to the mystery itself The setting and the characters are good enough to ensure that I ll look for the next installment Three stars for a nice cozy mystery.First posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please request permission before reposting Thanks


  2. Linda Linda says:

    I do enjoy these books and the look at English country look during WWII Lady Elizabeth is a fun character and I like how she solves crimes.


  3. Laura Edwards Laura Edwards says:

    An enjoyable, light read and an improvement from book one Maybe because all the backstory is now out of the way and the narrative flowedsmoothly I like the characters and the setting even if the mystery isn t all that complicated once again, I had the culprit pegged almost from the get go I do like that most of the characters are nuanced and not one dimensional I m intrigued to see where the relationship between Elizabeth and Major Monroe goes It s not moving with any speed and ther An enjoyable, light read and an improvement from book one Maybe because all the backstory is now out of the way and the narrative flowedsmoothly I like the characters and the setting even if the mystery isn t all that complicated once again, I had the culprit pegged almost from the get go I do like that most of the characters are nuanced and not one dimensional I m intrigued to see where the relationship between Elizabeth and Major Monroe goes It s not moving with any speed and there are only nine books total Perhaps that s because Elizabeth will not do anything improper the major does have a wife back in the States , no matter her feelings Sigh Despite the fact I think Major Monroe is no longer in love with his wife, I see heartbreak ahead for Elizabeth I m also curious to see what will happen between Polly and Sam Still love Martin, the butler He s always good for a few chuckles


  4. Teresa Teresa says:

    Probablylike 2.5 rating Liked the setting, locale, and characters Just too much reminding by the main character that she is the lady of the manor Still, I will look for the next in the series.


  5. Mare Mare says:

    Entertaining mystery and interesting characters.


  6. Regan Regan says:

    Really good read I didn t much care for book 1 but this second book in the series was really good Nice character development and a story line that was interesting and totally held my attention.


  7. Amy Amy says:

    An un remarkable mediocre English mystery.


  8. Cindy Cindy says:

    The land girls of England did remarkable work and helped a lot with the war effort Interesting.


  9. IslandRiverScribe IslandRiverScribe says:

    This 2nd book in the Manor House series begins about 1 week after the 1st book ends The American AAF officers have moved into the Manor House and all has gone quite uneventfully so far.This book continues the themes of the townspeople s bias against the Americans and Lady Elizabeth s growing attraction to the married Major Monroe And, of course, there is the pesky problem of a land girl being murdered, presumably by the pesky problem of a German pilot who parachuted into the town square.I don This 2nd book in the Manor House series begins about 1 week after the 1st book ends The American AAF officers have moved into the Manor House and all has gone quite uneventfully so far.This book continues the themes of the townspeople s bias against the Americans and Lady Elizabeth s growing attraction to the married Major Monroe And, of course, there is the pesky problem of a land girl being murdered, presumably by the pesky problem of a German pilot who parachuted into the town square.I don t know if the author was being a bit obvious about the clues in this book or not but I thought I had the identity of the murderer figured out by the end of Chapter 5 Lady Elizabeth, using the exact same clues and one other clue presented several chapters later, came up with an entirely different suspect and never once considered the one I had chosen And, as it turned out, I was right and she was wrong.So why didn t Lady Elizabeth suspect the real murderer Well, this is only Lady Elizabeth s 2nd murder, so she is quite naturally a bit unpracticed in understanding the combination of means, opportunity and particularly motive And the author is quite adept at presenting the 1940 s as being a time, due to the world war, when age old British concepts regarding motivation for actions, the status of the noble class and personal honor are quickly changing.But one of the good things about this series is that Lady Elizabeth is not a reluctant sleuth nor is she an unintelligent one And she is willing and able to use her position in the gentry, dwindling and tentative as it may be, to help the townspeople for whom she is essentially the mayor The author has, in two books, made these people feel real to me Her writing style flows smoothly as she transitions between characters and events She builds the suspense while interjecting non murder related events naturally, as would happen in real life Quite frankly, I like her books They leave you feeling right when they are done And they are worth tracking down, as many are out of print, not all are in electronic format yet, and thus must be scoured for in libraries and used book venues


  10. Timothy VanderWall Timothy VanderWall says:

    I am enjoying reading through Kate Kingsbury s Manor House mystery series but I like her Pennyfoot Hotel seriesThe Manor House series takes place in rural England during World War II Our detective is the lady of the manor of the village of Sitting Marsh, Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton She inherited the estate and the manor and the village when her parents were killed by a bomb during the German blitz while visiting London There hasn t been a non male lord of the manor for hund I am enjoying reading through Kate Kingsbury s Manor House mystery series but I like her Pennyfoot Hotel seriesThe Manor House series takes place in rural England during World War II Our detective is the lady of the manor of the village of Sitting Marsh, Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton She inherited the estate and the manor and the village when her parents were killed by a bomb during the German blitz while visiting London There hasn t been a non male lord of the manor for hundreds of years and Lady Elizabeth is trying very hard to earn the respect of the villagers While doing so, she also has to contend with an American aerodrome that has been established near Sitting Marsh This is the setting in which we find Lizzie Hartleigh solving murders and bringing the murderers to justice.Death is in the Air is the second in the series and tells us about the time that a German pilot makes an emergency parachute landing on the green at Sitting Marsh, is able to escape a crowd of angry and beligerant village women, goes into hiding, and is promptly blamed for the murder of a land girl from a nearby farm Did he kill the girl Lady Elizabeth doesn t think so and so she sets off to discover who did kill the teenage girl.This is a very pleasant and fun to read mystery series In fact, I haven t read anything by Kate Kingsbury that I haven t thoroughly enjoyed