I've read the first two titles in this series and while I did enjoy them, I find them to be more than a bit mechanistically written, which, if you should happen upon her writer's guide about efficient writing, is easily explained. She has mastered the art of writing well, process wise, and her characters and the plots are OK as are the locations and the dialog and descriptions, but they lack a certain "life." Maybe I am too picky but having immersed myself in British mysteries for most of my adult life I have had a chance to read some of the best. Mrs. Rosett has a good potential market and eager readers but I think that after I read the 3rd title I'll sign off and go back to some of the old favorites.
I must be strong, I must be strong i.e., I could binge read this entire series, but there are so many good books on my list. When last we left Kate of California- now unemployed, and Alex, an ex-pat living in a small English town who also worked as a location scout we could only know there might be more intrigue. Death in an English Cottage (#2) finds Kate at crossroads since her boss and former company are now no longer. While other colleagues moved on, Kate does not until she receives a text from Alex offering her an opportunity to work on a different type of Jane Austen opportunity back in the same small town, and she jumps at it. All seems lovely(being put up in an English cottage as part of her benefits) until a series of events unfold that put both Jane and Alex in the crosshairs of the law and a killer when an unknown woman's body is found in a writer's cottage next door to Kate's. There are quite a few red herrings in this plot development, with a simmering of romance despite an unexpected separation from her assignment, and Alex the prime suspect. This leaves Kate with plenty of time between the inquest and her departure from the land of green landscapes. But you will need to read this fun book to uncover how it all goes for all the characters. Enjoy.
This is the second book in Sara Rosett's new series, Murder on Location. Kate Sharp is back in the English village of Nether Woodsmoor to scout locations for a Jane Austin documentary and to see where her relationship with Alex is going. When Kate arrives in the village, there are rumors about previously unknown letters by Jane Austen that catches Kate's interest. Kate has not been there long, when the cottage next door catches fire. In the process of investigating the fire, a body is found in the ashes. Who is this person? The police narrow suspects to the film crew which puts the documentary in jeopardy and Kate's friend a top contender for the murderer.
This is another winner from Sara Rosett. She is a great storyteller with likeable characters, a well plotted book that keeps your interest to the end. I recommend this series to anyone who likes mysteries. After you read these two, check out her On the Run series--another 5 star series!
I particularly enjoyed Death in an English Cottage. I discovered Sara Rosett in her Ellie Avery military spouse series, and if anything, this series is even better. It is a pleasurable, quick read with a likable protagonist set in an idyllic English village. A good deal of the character development of the minor characters happened in the first volume, Death in the English Countryside, so it's better if you read that one first. But that is usually the case with a mystery series. I look forward to the next installment of this series, as well as working my way through Ms Rosette's other mystery series as well. If you like cozy mysteries, with no onscreen violence, no off-color language, and just the right light touch of romance, you'll like this book.
I think what I like best about this series is it doesn't follow the same pattern of so many other cozy mysteries. Kate didn't have to skulk back to her hometown with her tail between her legs because of scandal or painful romantic breakup. She's smart and independent and can put small clues together to find out who and why. Her growing relationship with the villagers, especially Alex, is refreshing and makes everyone so real. I love the people, settings, and plot for this book and the one previous. I plan to read any others in the series.
"Death In An English Cottage" is the second installment in Sara Rosett's "Death on Location" series, and not having read the first or the next four, I can't say if the writing or the plots in the rest are as good as this one. But having professional movie location scouts as the main characters is definitely refreshing, and Rosett's descriptions of village life in what can only be the Cotswolds should appeal to any Anglophile or English cozy mystery buff. I rate "cozies" by how quickly I can figure out whodunit, and to Rosett's credit, the perp turned out to be a complete surprise. That alone will make me read the rest of the series.
This author is very talented. Have enjoyed her first two books and can hardly wait to continue. Her words convey this quaint English village in such a way that I can almost smell the flowers, feel the rain and visually access being there with the other characters. Makes me want to be like Kate and jet over there. Looking forward to many more of her books. Well done fellow Texan!
Four and one-half stars! This series is easy to read, the characters are enjoyable and lifelike. I'm thankful that Ms. Rosett understands that the use of foul language and sex isn't necessary in order to make a book sell, as long as the story is great. I'm looking forward to continuing this series! Thank you very much, Sara Rosett!