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Publication Order of Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries Books

An Accidental Murder (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Curse of Arundel Hall (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Clerical Error (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

J.New is an English writer of mystery, crime, and fiction novels famously known as the author of Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series set on a fictional island of Linhay in southern England during the 1930’s.

An Accidental Murder

An Accidental Murder is the first book in Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series by J.New. The story introduces the readers to Ella Bridges recently moved into her new home known as The Yellow Cottage, on a fictional island of Linhay. She had spent her childhood summer holidays on the island, and during that time, she fell in love with the cottage. A short prequel to this story can be obtained for free by signing up to J.New group- which delves deeper into Ella Bridges time spent on the island and how she came to acquire the cottage.

Ella and the previous cottage owner, Mrs. Rose had met when Ella first saw the cottage, and it was only through a real estate agent that she found the owner had been dead for several months. Ella also inherited Rose’s cat whom she renamed Phantom, and also a ghost in a secret room.
Ella Bridges is unpacking her boxes when she gets a call from her brother Jerry inviting her for lunch the next lunch. In a matchmaking mode, Ginny and Jerry also invite Peter Clairmont to lunch, a fair new friend Jerry had met during a fundraising event for a local orphanage. From that moment, events are set in motion in a way that no one could have imagined putting everyone in danger. Ella also finds a new skill as an amateur investigator, assisted by ghosts and Albert Montesford and Ginny’s godfather.

Narrated in the first person from Ella’s POV, An Accidental Murder is a brilliant read and an entertaining cozy mystery book with engaging characters and plenty of humor.

The Curse of Arundel Hall

One murder, one ghost and a century apart, could they be connected?
Ella finds a hidden room in the Cottage, one that comes with a ghost. Who could be the ghost? Who was a woman and what killed her? Ella needs to find out the truth, and quick answers before they can find peace, but things take some very twisted turn for the worst. Ella has been residing on Linhay Island for a couple of months, and she hasn’t indeed discovered the identity of her ghost friend. Therefore she decides to research the history of the cottage for more clues and discovers that it has some connection to Arundel Hall, the big Manor House on the bluff, and when she gets an invitation for dinner, she realizes that it is the perfect opportunity for her to discover even much more.

However, the dinner takes a twisted turn when one of their dinner guests is killed. Is the curse of Arundel finally coming alive or could there be a more simple explanation? Ella once again finds herself entangled in different mysteries at the same time and joins forces with the police commissioner to hunt down the killer.

The Curse of Arundel Hall is a superb suspenseful murder mystery narrative with some good amounts of quirky, likable, believable characters and a long list of suspects. It is wonderfully woven murder mystery set in a picturesque land of England in the Golden Ages of the 1930’s. The author, J.New takes the readers on an epic adventure into the past while at the same time bringing a beautiful, thrilling mystery story.

J.New chose her setting, (in the 1930’s England) and created a world that is vivid and beautiful as well. She does an excellent job with vivid description, perception and a great narrative. Additionally, The Curse of Arundel Hall is also an amusing read; with a vibrant cast beautiful characters which nicely fit into the plot with precision. The mystery is also beautifully crafted; the characters are believable, relatable, multidimensional, well developed and appealing. J.New has woven a perfect storm of a murder mystery filled with not only a single murder mystery to solve, but also instances of paranormal facets that are realistic as the genre goes. The readers will enjoy and follow along with the plausible supernatural aspects.

A Clerical Error

The main character, Ella (Isabella) is a young woman whose husband died in some mysterious circumstances. Two years after his death, Ella returns to the little village where her family spent holidays. She discovers that the owner had already been dead for seven months when they spoke. Ella is an excellent example of her class; she is willing to ignore fashion and customer when it suits her while somehow adheres to their dictates in every aspect of her life.

Having been raised in old houses, Ellas accepts the ghosts and same way she accepts her neighbors. In the series debut novel, most of the action is centered around London, and so we get to meet Jerry, Ella’s brother and his wife, Ginny, and in the second book, we get to know more about Ella’s isolated village setting.

Ellas’s confusion and acknowledgment with the news about her dead husband make it difficult for her to focus on her life and also makes it difficult for her to focus on the strange death of the local vicar. Working as a consultant to Scotland Yard, she soon finds herself investigating the skeptical circumstances and forced to investigate which of her neighbors and new friends might be the murderer. A Clerical Error is another entertaining mystery, well crafted, with well written and twisty storyline. Just as with the previous books in the series, the atmosphere of the era in which the story is set is brought to life nicely, with good dialogue, lifestyle and excellent descriptive prose.

The element that makes The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries is the idea that Ella can see ghosts and even talk to them. Fusing the component of paranormal activities to the central mystery adds some new elements of secondary mysteries, new puzzles, puzzling ghost and makes the story lively keeping the reader yearning for more. The description and the feel of the small fictional village J.New creates is warm and welcoming.

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