Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rossett

Deathin the English Countryside by Sara Rossett

16th November 2021.

This gentle murder mystery features Kate Sharp, who finds locations for those making films. In this case, it’s Pride and Prejudice and her boss has gone missing in England. Kate sets off from Los Angeles to the village of Nether Woodsmoor in Derbyshire to find him.

Even with the help of Alex, a local guy who was helping to find locations, Kate can’t locate her boss. When his body turns up in the river, not far from his abandoned hire car, she needs to find out what happened fast before the film producers pull out.

Kate Sharp is an energetic and charismatic lead character in this well written cosy mystery. She manages to untighten the tightest village lips to uncover what really happened to her boss on his fateful trip to England. Like all good mysteries, the evidence has to be drawn out and slowly pieced together, generating a good batch of suspects along the way.

The characters are well drawn, the view of the English countryside not too cosy and the mystery well-paced and developed. I enjoyed Kate’s attitude and enthusiasm as she tackled potential suspects and the local police. The hint of romance, which bubbled under the surface, provided additional interest as Alex and Kate worked together to solve the murder.

Overall, an enjoyable cosy mystery that kept me turning the pages. Having a central character who scouts locations for feature films offers plenty of potential for further adventures.


Location scout and Jane Austen aficionado, Kate Sharp, is thrilled when the company she works for lands the job of finding locations for a new film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but then her boss fails to return from a scouting trip to England. Kate travels to England to salvage the company’s reputation.

Things go from bad to worse when Kate arrives in Nether Woodsmoor, a quaint village of golden stone cottages and rolling green hills, only to find no trace of her boss. Even the rumpled, easy going local scout they consulted, Alex, doesn’t know where he might be.

Increasingly worried about her boss and with an antsy director waiting for updates about the preproduction details, Kate embarks on a search that includes a pub-crawl and cozy cottages as well as stately country manors. But with no sign of her boss, she begins to suspect that the picturesque village and beautiful countryside may not be as idyllic as they seem.

Deathin the English Countryside by Sara Rossett

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