Murder on Stage
England, 1941. Trainee reporter Edie York is doing her best to keep calm and carry on despite London’s Blitz dominating the news. But, at the theatre one night, she is thrust into a shocking mystery when the lead actor drops dead on stage…
The Victory Gang Parade theatre group are in town, entertaining the troops and the determinedly cheerful people of Manchester with their spectacular all-singing all-dancing show. But We’ll Meet Again becomes impossible for two cast members, when Leonard Lessiter dies suddenly mid-song, and leading lady Ginny Sutton goes missing the very same night.
Reluctantly encouraged by DCILouis Brennan – up to his ears catching looters and ration cheats – to investigate, Edie interviews the cast and quickly uncovers jealousies, lies and back-stabbings galore. From former lovers to bitter rejects, old hands to up-and-coming ingénues, any one of them could be guilty. And the leading lady Ginny is still missing.
Then Edie gets caught in a bombing raid and finds her chief suspect stabbed with a stage dagger. As the body count climbs, will Edie and Louis find Ginny alive? Can they uncover the most theatrical killer they’ve ever encountered? Or will it be the final curtain call for the detecting duo…?
A compelling and addictive historical cozy mystery perfect for fans of Richard Osman and Agatha Christie. Totally unputdownable and utterly charming, this is the perfect book to snuggle up and race through an evening with.
Read what everyone’s saying about F.L. Everett:
‘So much fun with this read!… A wonderfully cheery, sparky heroine… This story just makes me want to curl up with chai tea and journey alongside Edie on her humorous yet ever-deeper case.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Cosy and murdery and a great read!’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Bloody brilliant!… wonderful… so clever and witty… Loved it.’ Claire Swatman
‘I fell head over heels for Edie and couldn’t put this down. Completely charming and deserves to be a huge hit.’ Bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane
‘Once I started this, I just couldn’t stop… loved… reading this book felt like watching a deliciously nostalgic Sunday night drama… I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.’ Bestselling author Jill Mansell
‘An addictive, authentic page-turner: Edie York has the makings of a classic amateur detective in the great Golden Age tradition.’ Bestselling author Erin Kelly
‘Extremely entertaining and pacey WWII-set murder mystery.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Lively, suspenseful, vivid and the best evocation of WW2 Britain and a young woman making her way in journalism since Dear Mrs Bird, FL Everett’s debut detective novel is delicious fun.’ Amanda Craig
‘From the very first page I was completely immersed in Edie’s world… I loved all the characters instantly and can’t wait to read the next in the series.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A wonderful read, one that is highly entertaining with a light-hearted mystery. A read with a smile and more!’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I absolutely adored… a real joy to read.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Everything was flawless… Recommend to all!’ Goodreads reviewer