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In the wake of World War I, Jane Wunderly--a thoroughly modern young American widow--is traveling abroad, enjoying the hospitality of an English lord and a perfectly proper manor house, until murder makes an unwelcome appearance... England, 1926: Wedgefield Manor, deep in the tranquil Essex countryside, provides a welcome rest stop for Jane and her matchmaking Aunt Millie b In the wake of World War I, Jane Wunderly--a thoroughly modern young American widow--is traveling abroad, enjoying the hospitality of an English lord and a perfectly proper manor house, until murder makes an unwelcome appearance... England, 1926: Wedgefield Manor, deep in the tranquil Essex countryside, provides a welcome rest stop for Jane and her matchmaking Aunt Millie before their return to America. While Millie spends time with her long-lost daughter, Lillian, and their host, Lord Hughes, Jane fills the hours devouring mystery novels and taking flying lessons--much to Millie's disapproval. But any danger in the air is eclipsed by tragedy on the ground when one of the estate's mechanics, Air Force veteran Simon Marshall, is killed in a motorcar collision. The sliced brake cables prove this was no accident, yet was the intended victim someone other than Simon? The house is full of suspects--visiting relations, secretive servants, strangers prowling the grounds at night--and also full of targets. The enigmatic Mr. Redvers, who helped Jane solve a murder in Egypt, arrives on the scene to once more offer his assistance. It seems that everyone at Wedgefield wants Jane to help protect the Hughes family. But while she searches for answers, is she overlooking a killer hiding in plain sight?


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In the wake of World War I, Jane Wunderly--a thoroughly modern young American widow--is traveling abroad, enjoying the hospitality of an English lord and a perfectly proper manor house, until murder makes an unwelcome appearance... England, 1926: Wedgefield Manor, deep in the tranquil Essex countryside, provides a welcome rest stop for Jane and her matchmaking Aunt Millie b In the wake of World War I, Jane Wunderly--a thoroughly modern young American widow--is traveling abroad, enjoying the hospitality of an English lord and a perfectly proper manor house, until murder makes an unwelcome appearance... England, 1926: Wedgefield Manor, deep in the tranquil Essex countryside, provides a welcome rest stop for Jane and her matchmaking Aunt Millie before their return to America. While Millie spends time with her long-lost daughter, Lillian, and their host, Lord Hughes, Jane fills the hours devouring mystery novels and taking flying lessons--much to Millie's disapproval. But any danger in the air is eclipsed by tragedy on the ground when one of the estate's mechanics, Air Force veteran Simon Marshall, is killed in a motorcar collision. The sliced brake cables prove this was no accident, yet was the intended victim someone other than Simon? The house is full of suspects--visiting relations, secretive servants, strangers prowling the grounds at night--and also full of targets. The enigmatic Mr. Redvers, who helped Jane solve a murder in Egypt, arrives on the scene to once more offer his assistance. It seems that everyone at Wedgefield wants Jane to help protect the Hughes family. But while she searches for answers, is she overlooking a killer hiding in plain sight?

30 review for Murder at Wedgefield Manor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natalia R

    This is the second book in the Jane Wunderly Mystery series by Erica Ruth Neubauer. American WW1 widow Jane and her aunt Millie are staying at Wedgefield Manor in the picturesque English countryside so that Millie can spend some time with her daughter Lillian and Lillian's father Lord Hughes. When one of Lord Hughes' employees is found dead, and everyone staying at the manor becomes a suspect, Jane teams up with the dashing Mr. Redvers to find the killer. I thought this was a wonderful addition t This is the second book in the Jane Wunderly Mystery series by Erica Ruth Neubauer. American WW1 widow Jane and her aunt Millie are staying at Wedgefield Manor in the picturesque English countryside so that Millie can spend some time with her daughter Lillian and Lillian's father Lord Hughes. When one of Lord Hughes' employees is found dead, and everyone staying at the manor becomes a suspect, Jane teams up with the dashing Mr. Redvers to find the killer. I thought this was a wonderful addition to the series and my favorite of the two books. This installment has all the fixings of a great country house mystery. The characters are well-rounded, the English countryside setting perfect, and the murder mystery puzzling and filled with family secrets. Jane is a fun, likable, and intelligent protagonist. She's starting to feel like an old friend, and I look forward to solving more mysteries with her. I'm going to miss the English setting but I'm excited for the third book that will most likely be set in America. Redvers has hinted that he is going there as well, so I'm excited to see more development in his and Jane's relationship. All in all, this was a fun mystery. If you like historical cozy mysteries, you should definitely give this series a try. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    Twists and turns and intrigues galore make for a fine 1920s mystery set in the glorious British countryside. American WWI widow Jane Wunderly stops by Wedgefield Manor In Essex before a planned trip home. She’s come with her Aunt Millie, arriving after an eventful trip to Egypt, where Jane helped solve a murder in the series’ debut. Book 2 keeps you rapt as a suspicious car crash kills a Manor employee. Can Jane nose through scads of suspects to catch the killer? Will the mysterious Mr. Redvers, Twists and turns and intrigues galore make for a fine 1920s mystery set in the glorious British countryside. American WWI widow Jane Wunderly stops by Wedgefield Manor In Essex before a planned trip home. She’s come with her Aunt Millie, arriving after an eventful trip to Egypt, where Jane helped solve a murder in the series’ debut. Book 2 keeps you rapt as a suspicious car crash kills a Manor employee. Can Jane nose through scads of suspects to catch the killer? Will the mysterious Mr. Redvers, who arrives from Egypt, be able to aid her search here as he did there? Gentle reader, take heart. All will be revealed as you sit white-knuckled at the edge of your settee. Tea, anyone? 4 of 5 Stars Pub Date 30 Mar 2021 #MurderatWedgefieldManor #NetGalley Thanks to the author, Kensington Books, and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Loved this continuation of Jane Wunderly’s adventures! The characters, by far, are the best part of these novels. Instead of Egypt, this story finds us in a stately English manor when an “accident” appears to be more sinister than accidental– and the stakes get higher and higher as other things start to go awry. I love Jane as a protagonist, and I think the story between her and Redvers is SUPER fun and compelling– my only complaint is that it is a bit too slow of a burn in this installment and Loved this continuation of Jane Wunderly’s adventures! The characters, by far, are the best part of these novels. Instead of Egypt, this story finds us in a stately English manor when an “accident” appears to be more sinister than accidental– and the stakes get higher and higher as other things start to go awry. I love Jane as a protagonist, and I think the story between her and Redvers is SUPER fun and compelling– my only complaint is that it is a bit too slow of a burn in this installment and feels like it barely moved along. The other piece that didn’t quite capture me as much as book one was the setting– I totally lost myself in the sense of place in Egypt in book one, and was a little less captivated by the English setting here, or rather– it just felt very familiar and less exciting. ALL of that said– I thought the dynamics between touchstone characters (Millie, Lillian, Jane) were really captivating and I can’t wait to see where this goes next. And I love the sparks of modernity to be found throughout the novel– these stories aren’t content to fall into the same old tropes, and I LOVE that. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author (local to me!) for a chance to read an early copy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    This is probably more 3.5. I enjoyed it, but I missed the Egyptian setting of the first book. It was nice to spend more time with these characters though.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    Another good, easy to read book. Here's my review: This i the second book in the new series by Erica Ruth Neubauer and featuring Jane Wonderly, an American widow visiting England in the years after World War One. This novel stands alone, with the story complete within the book. There are some relationships that began in the first book of the series and which continue on in this book. While Neubauer does a good job of giving enough information that the reader doesn’t feel confused about relations Another good, easy to read book. Here's my review: This i the second book in the new series by Erica Ruth Neubauer and featuring Jane Wonderly, an American widow visiting England in the years after World War One. This novel stands alone, with the story complete within the book. There are some relationships that began in the first book of the series and which continue on in this book. While Neubauer does a good job of giving enough information that the reader doesn’t feel confused about relationships, some readers may prefer to read the books in order so as to experience the development of the relationship. In this novel, Jane, along with her Aunt Millie, is visiting Lord Hughes and his daughter, Lillian. In the last novel Lord Hughes' relationship to Lillian and to Milie was revealed. To say more would be to provide a spoiler for the first book, so this review will not share more about their relationship. Also visiting the house is Jane’s love interest, Redvers, continuing a relationship that was begun in the first novel. Lord Hughes makes it a point to hire wounded veterans from WWI and one of them shows an interest in Lillian. He also has an anger problem, alluded to as being a result of the war and, when he gets upset one evening he takes a car from Lord Hughes’ garage, tears out of the driveway, and ultimately crashes and dies. The initial investigation reveals the possibility of murder, and the investigation begins. The police are called in; but play a small part in the book. Jane is determined to investigate with the help of Redvers. There are other happenings that look as though murder is being attempted and someone is trying to frame Lord Hughes. While the murder investigation is taking place, Jane is also taking flying lessons, a discovery is made that someone has been living in a room above the garage, several areas of difficulties crop up for the young people in the book including Lillian, her friend Marie, and her cousins Poppy and Allistair. It is easy to follow the plot of this book and keep all the characters straight. The plot is fairly straightforward and, although there is a plot twist, the solution may also be discerned by many regular readers of mystery fiction. This is a good book to have as a beach or plane/train ride book. It can easily be interrupted and started again without the reader becoming confused or loosing track of the current events. My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel for review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Neil Plakcy

    This is the second of Neubauer's mysteries featuring young widow Jane and her interfering aunt Millie. I enjoyed it, particularly the period details of the post World War I era in Britain. I enjoyed her Mena House book more, most likely because the setting in Cairo was so unique. This is a standard country house mystery-- a young veteran has died while driving a motorcar at speed, and then various other attempts are made on people at the house. Aunt Millie encourages Jane to solve the crime, whil This is the second of Neubauer's mysteries featuring young widow Jane and her interfering aunt Millie. I enjoyed it, particularly the period details of the post World War I era in Britain. I enjoyed her Mena House book more, most likely because the setting in Cairo was so unique. This is a standard country house mystery-- a young veteran has died while driving a motorcar at speed, and then various other attempts are made on people at the house. Aunt Millie encourages Jane to solve the crime, while still trying to get her married off for the second time to Redvers, a handsome, resourceful guy who works for some unnamed government agency. Highly recommended for fans of Rhys Bowen's Lady Georgiana mysteries -- similar feel and background.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    If you haven't read the first in series, you still won't have any trouble filling in the blanks (but you'll want to read it anyway!). It's 1926 in an English country house with a collection of friends, relatives, displaced war veterans, and a flight instructor. The interesting man from the foreign office turns up again just in time to help Jane and the too helpful police inspector with the murder investigation and other mysteries. The humor is understated, the characters vivid, the plot complex, If you haven't read the first in series, you still won't have any trouble filling in the blanks (but you'll want to read it anyway!). It's 1926 in an English country house with a collection of friends, relatives, displaced war veterans, and a flight instructor. The interesting man from the foreign office turns up again just in time to help Jane and the too helpful police inspector with the murder investigation and other mysteries. The humor is understated, the characters vivid, the plot complex, and the whole thing entertaining! The publisher's blurb is a good hook so there's no need to repeat that. Loved it! I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    4/1/2021 3.5 stars. Full review tk at TheFrumiousConsortium.net. 4/2/2021 After the events at Mena House, Egypt, in the first novel of this 1920s-set historical mystery series, our heroine, the widowed American Jane Wunderly, and her (obnoxious) Aunt Millie decide to take up residence at Wedgefield Manor, an estate in the English countryside owned by Lord Hughes, a former and possibly future paramour of Aunt Millie's. But they aren't just there for the sake of Aunt Millie's romantic prospects. Lo 4/1/2021 3.5 stars. Full review tk at TheFrumiousConsortium.net. 4/2/2021 After the events at Mena House, Egypt, in the first novel of this 1920s-set historical mystery series, our heroine, the widowed American Jane Wunderly, and her (obnoxious) Aunt Millie decide to take up residence at Wedgefield Manor, an estate in the English countryside owned by Lord Hughes, a former and possibly future paramour of Aunt Millie's. But they aren't just there for the sake of Aunt Millie's romantic prospects. Lord Hughes' adopted daughter, Lillian, is actually Millie's child, and Millie wants to get to know her now-grown daughter a little better. While Millie is working on her social life, Jane is taking advantage of the presence of a genuine RAF pilot and his Moth to take flying lessons, much to Millie's disapproval. But it's a far more mundane vehicle that causes tragedy for their household, when estate mechanic Simon Marshall goes for a nighttime drive and ends up the victim of a fatal crash. After the police discover that the car's brakes were cut and that evidence points to Lord Hughes being the culprit, Jane must solve another murder mystery, as her aunt begs her for help in clearing his name and protecting their daughter. This is a tidy puzzle of a murder mystery with some excellent ace-aro and lesbian representation. And while I did side eye Jane asking the veteran with the West Indies accent if he didn't want to go "home" after the war, I thought the race and class consciousness throughout were pretty good. The main issue I had with this book is that it drags considerably in the middle third: fortunately, it picks up towards the end, even before I figured out whodunnit and why. Overall, a decent cozy mystery that does the required job of cleansing my reading palate between books. Not too challenging, but better than half the stuff out there today (and I say that as someone who reads at least one cozy mystery a week.) Murder At Wedgefield Manor by Erica Ruth Neubauer was published March 30 2021 by Kensington Books and is available from all good booksellers, including Bookshop! Want it now? For the Kindle version, click here.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Erica Ruth Neubauer has written a marvellous second instalment in her Jane Wunderly Mystery series. American WW1 widow Jane and her Aunt Millie are staying at Wedgefield Manor in the picturesque English Essex countryside so that Millie can spend some time with Lord Hughes and his daughter, Lillian. Jane, who is currently enjoying taking flying lessons also spends some of her leisure time reading mystery novels. Lord Hughes makes a concerted effort to hire wounded veterans and after dinner and du Erica Ruth Neubauer has written a marvellous second instalment in her Jane Wunderly Mystery series. American WW1 widow Jane and her Aunt Millie are staying at Wedgefield Manor in the picturesque English Essex countryside so that Millie can spend some time with Lord Hughes and his daughter, Lillian. Jane, who is currently enjoying taking flying lessons also spends some of her leisure time reading mystery novels. Lord Hughes makes a concerted effort to hire wounded veterans and after dinner and during drinks one evening, one of them, Flight Lieutenant Simon Marshall shows an interest in Lillian. When a disagreement ensues Simon loses his temper but calms down a little before abruptly leaving the room. The noise of a car engine, the beam of headlights and the spitting of gravel alerts the group in the drawing-room that one of Lord Hughes' cars is being driven at high speed away from the house and the driver is Simon Marshall. The next morning whilst Jane is eating her eggs, bacon and toast, Mr Redvers turns up with bad news; there's been a fatal car accident... This instalment has everything required for a perfect country manor estate mystery. The characters are well created and layered, and the English countryside setting is beautifully described. The protagonist Jane, a war widow, is full of fun, intelligent and very engaging. I enjoyed the mystery aspect which was a puzzle, the family secrets and the understated humour. I'm planning on reading the first book that I've missed, Murder at the Mena House and I'm very much looking forward to solving more mysteries with Jane as well as satisfying my curiosity as to where she'll wind up next. I have no hesitation in recommending Murder at Wedgefield Manor and if you favour historical cozy mysteries, you should definitely give this series a try. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    I requested this book from Kensington on Netgalley because it sounded good; I love books set in the 1920s and this one sounded like it was right out of a Christie novel. After a couple of chapters, I realized this was the second book in the series, so I went back and read the first book before I read this one. And I'd have to say, it probably wasn't necessary, there were very few mentions from the first book and none of them impacted this story but it was well worth the read. This series is defi I requested this book from Kensington on Netgalley because it sounded good; I love books set in the 1920s and this one sounded like it was right out of a Christie novel. After a couple of chapters, I realized this was the second book in the series, so I went back and read the first book before I read this one. And I'd have to say, it probably wasn't necessary, there were very few mentions from the first book and none of them impacted this story but it was well worth the read. This series is definitely now very high up on my must-read list! The books are so easy to sink into, with great characters, a dash of romance and amazing twists to keep the plot moving quickly. I enjoyed this one a lot, I've come to love the characters and look on them as friends. Jane is easy to relate to; equal parts strong, sassy and vulnerable, you just want to be her friend. The dashing and mysterious Redvers adds some spice and watching (well, reading) their chemistry and tenacious investigating makes it easy to "fall" into the story quickly. I also liked that it picked up from where the last book left off, with many of the same characters and giving us more of a look into who they are. While I figured out "whodunit" pretty quickly (there weren't many suspects, which made it pretty easy,) I enjoyed watching the story unfold and all the twists and turns. I could've done with a bit less of the rehashing that happened throughout the book, but I didn't feel that it slowed the plot down any; the pace moved along steadily and it really didn't take much to draw me in and keep me there. But the ending! Absolutely smashed it, loved the thrilling North by Northwest chase at the end and the last chapter left on an open note makes me salivate for book 3. If you enjoy Agatha Christie, great characters, lovely scenery and riveting plots, this series has it all.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    A delightful historical mystery-great characters, well constructed mystery and even a bit of romance. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. I read the first book in the series and thoroughly enjoyed it but I think this is even better. Jane and her aunt Millie are visiting Wedgefield Manor in England on their way back to the States from their trip to Egypt. While there, the estate's mechanic, Simon Marshall, a vet with a bit of an anger issue as a result of PTSD, storms off in one of A delightful historical mystery-great characters, well constructed mystery and even a bit of romance. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. I read the first book in the series and thoroughly enjoyed it but I think this is even better. Jane and her aunt Millie are visiting Wedgefield Manor in England on their way back to the States from their trip to Egypt. While there, the estate's mechanic, Simon Marshall, a vet with a bit of an anger issue as a result of PTSD, storms off in one of Lord Hughes's cars. The next morning, a car accident is discovered and Simon has died. Jane and another guest at the manor as well as the newly arrived Redvers, go to the accident scene and have questions. Simon was an excellent driver who knew the area well and there were no skid marks to indicate that he had tried to brake. Sliced brake cables prove it was no accident. But was Simon the intended victim-it wasn't his car after all. Jane is asked by her aunt to help discover the culprit, and then by her cousin as well. What follows are a slew of clues, sightings of strangers, locked rooms that were inhabited by someone, sabotaged planes and more. And we follow along with Jane (and Redvers) as they investigate all and weed through to what is really applicable to the murder. And the ending is thrilling as Jane and Redvers try to apprehend the killer and prevent harm to another victim. I don't want to wait a year for the next installment! I received an ARC of the book from the publisher but the opinion expressed is my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    After really enjoying the first book in this series, I was so glad to get the ARC for this second one, and I was not disappointed! Picking up from where the last one left off, Jane, her Aunt Millie and Millie's daughter Lillian are back in England with Lillian's Uncle/Father [that bit is a little confusing and I am not really sure who knows what, but for now, everyone seems happy with the status quo] and Lillian's friend Marie on Sir Hughes estate. Jane is taking flying lessons [MUCH to the dism After really enjoying the first book in this series, I was so glad to get the ARC for this second one, and I was not disappointed! Picking up from where the last one left off, Jane, her Aunt Millie and Millie's daughter Lillian are back in England with Lillian's Uncle/Father [that bit is a little confusing and I am not really sure who knows what, but for now, everyone seems happy with the status quo] and Lillian's friend Marie on Sir Hughes estate. Jane is taking flying lessons [MUCH to the dismay of her Aunt] from a former RAF pilot and generally loving life. The only thing that is missing is the man she cannot [even when she really wants to] stop thinking about, Mr. Readvers. And then one of the staff is killed, Mr. Readvers shows up and the game is on. Again. As Jane and Readvers rush to find the killer before they strike again, they also must contend with their growing attraction to each other and Jane needs to decide if she can, finally, let someone else into her life. I really enjoyed this book for the most part, even when I realized I knew who the killer was and then I knew the why, as the story is entertaining and keeps you on your toes as it moves towards the conclusion. And the reveal, while a familiar sad tale, was very well done and I think that one will be satisfied with it. A really good read and I will absolutely be looking forward to book 3!! Thank you to NetGalley, Erica Ruth Neubauer, and Kensington Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    MURDER AT WEDGEFIELD MANOR by Erica Ruth Neubauer The Second Jane Wunderly Mystery After their trip to Egypt Jane Wunderly and her Aunt Millie decide to spend some time in England, staying at Wedgefield Manor. Millie is getting reacquainted with her old friend, Lord Hughes, while Jane takes flying lessons, much to Millie's dismay. Yet it's an automobile that proves deadly when the estate's mechanic is killed in a crash. His death was no accident, however. With a household full of suspicious people MURDER AT WEDGEFIELD MANOR by Erica Ruth Neubauer The Second Jane Wunderly Mystery After their trip to Egypt Jane Wunderly and her Aunt Millie decide to spend some time in England, staying at Wedgefield Manor. Millie is getting reacquainted with her old friend, Lord Hughes, while Jane takes flying lessons, much to Millie's dismay. Yet it's an automobile that proves deadly when the estate's mechanic is killed in a crash. His death was no accident, however. With a household full of suspicious people, Jane, assisted once again by the mysterious Redvers, is involved in yet another murder. I absolutely loved MURDER AT WEDGEFIELD MANOR. The characters, the setting, and a perplexing mystery make this historical mystery a treat. I love Jane's zest for life, whether it be learning to fly or rushing headlong into another murder investigation. As for her relationship with Redvers...their understanding of each other, the uncertainty, and the desire just under the surface is compelling and addictive. I can't wait to watch their relationship unfold and see where it leads. The second Jane Wunderly Mystery has the feel of a country house party with an interesting mix of people staying together in a posh isolated estate. The upperclass mingle more freely with the workers, a practice that is not to everyone's liking. Pretty much the entire household of Wedgefield Manor was acting suspiciously leaving me unsure of who to trust while I attempted to deduce who the murderer was as well as the motive. Yet I enjoyed having so many possibilities as much as it frustrated Jane. Incorporating veterans from the Great War, a golf mad young woman, and a simmering romance just waiting to come to the boil MURDER AT WEDGEFIELD MANOR is a top notch mystery. I adore this series and can't wait to see where Jane winds up next! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Jane Wunderly and her aunt Millie are spending some time at Wedgefield Manor as the guest of Lord Hughes on their way home to America. Jane is enjoying the quiet after their trip to Egypt, but she’s especially enjoying learning to fly. However, things get complicated quickly when the estate’s mechanic, Simon, dies in a motorcar accident. It is quickly ruled a murder, and Millie asks Jane to investigate. It seems everyone she talks to is hiding a secret. But who is the killer? I enjoyed the first Jane Wunderly and her aunt Millie are spending some time at Wedgefield Manor as the guest of Lord Hughes on their way home to America. Jane is enjoying the quiet after their trip to Egypt, but she’s especially enjoying learning to fly. However, things get complicated quickly when the estate’s mechanic, Simon, dies in a motorcar accident. It is quickly ruled a murder, and Millie asks Jane to investigate. It seems everyone she talks to is hiding a secret. But who is the killer? I enjoyed the first visit to 1926 with Jane, so it was a pleasure to meet up with her again. Jane is a strong lead, and I was impressed with how many of the characters from the first book were logically included here. All the characters are fun with great growth. The many secrets kept the plot moving and did a perfect job of keeping me confused until we got near the end. I did feel that the characters had some modern attitudes to some situations that came up, but it was a minor issue for me. If you haven’t read the first book, some of the character’s backstories are spoiled here, so if you care about that, you’ll want to read the books in order. I enjoyed my second visit with Jane, and I’m curious to see where she will wind up next. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Murder at Wedgefield Manor by Erica Ruth Neubauer is the second installment in the A Jane Wunderly Mystery series but can be read as a standalone. Jane and her aunt Millie are at Wunderly Manor with aunt's daughter Lillian and her biological father Lord Hughes. They are enjoying the country side when one of the man who works at the manor ends up dead. The victim is a Air Force veteran and it appears that the brakes on the car that he was driving were deliberately cut. All of a sudden Jane's interes Murder at Wedgefield Manor by Erica Ruth Neubauer is the second installment in the A Jane Wunderly Mystery series but can be read as a standalone. Jane and her aunt Millie are at Wunderly Manor with aunt's daughter Lillian and her biological father Lord Hughes. They are enjoying the country side when one of the man who works at the manor ends up dead. The victim is a Air Force veteran and it appears that the brakes on the car that he was driving were deliberately cut. All of a sudden Jane's interest and friend Mr. Redvers shows up. While Jane is delighted to see him she also can't help wondering what exactly is going on. This is another delightful read in this series. It is gentle without gruesome details. It's steady paced with a nice flow and quite captivating. Characters are real and believable, with relatable characteristics and flaws, although I wish there were more dimensional and I wish that we would soon learn more about them. Mystery as always is compelling, very interesting. I like how readers are able to follow the clues and figure out the mystery for themselves . I also very much like the period it is set in and I really like that it doesn't paint a pretty picture of that time but gives out very realistic portrayal of those days. This is a must read! I received a free copy from NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    One of my favorite mystery genres is historicals, especially if they are set in England. I happily gave the first book in this new series five stars - Murder at the Mena House - and I didn't hesitate to give this one five, as well. Set in 1926 at a manor house in the English countryside of Essex, Jane and her Aunt Millie are headed back to America after time in Egypt (and solving a mystery) and this stop will let Aunt Millie spend time with her daughter, Lillian. Lillian's father, Lord Hughes is One of my favorite mystery genres is historicals, especially if they are set in England. I happily gave the first book in this new series five stars - Murder at the Mena House - and I didn't hesitate to give this one five, as well. Set in 1926 at a manor house in the English countryside of Essex, Jane and her Aunt Millie are headed back to America after time in Egypt (and solving a mystery) and this stop will let Aunt Millie spend time with her daughter, Lillian. Lillian's father, Lord Hughes is their host and Jane is taking time to relax, read and take flying lessons. Relaxation won't last when one of the Lord's employees, a mechanic, is killed in an accident that soon is declared murder when it's revealed that the brake lines were cut. Let the sleuthing begin. The list of suspects is long as the manor house is filled to the roof with visitors, family and employees and anyone could be either the killer or the next victim. When Mr. Redvers arrives on the scene, he and Jane team up....again...and set out to catch the killer. They succeeded in Egypt and so they shall again. The clues are plentiful, the red herrings abound and the puzzle will keep the reader up way past bedtime. All the marks of a delightful mystery. I hope to enjoy more of them. My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Jane Wunderly is a thoroughly modern young American WWI widow & is travelling abroad with her Aunt Millie, enjoying the hospitality of an English lord at Wedgefield Manor in Essex, until murder makes an unwelcome . While Millie spends time with her long-lost daughter, Lillian, and their host, Lord Hughes, Jane fills the hours devouring mystery novels and taking flying lessons—much to Millie’s disapproval. But any danger in the air is eclipsed by tragedy on the ground when one of the estate’s mec Jane Wunderly is a thoroughly modern young American WWI widow & is travelling abroad with her Aunt Millie, enjoying the hospitality of an English lord at Wedgefield Manor in Essex, until murder makes an unwelcome . While Millie spends time with her long-lost daughter, Lillian, and their host, Lord Hughes, Jane fills the hours devouring mystery novels and taking flying lessons—much to Millie’s disapproval. But any danger in the air is eclipsed by tragedy on the ground when one of the estate’s mechanics, Air Force veteran Simon Marshall, is killed in a motorcar collision. The sliced brake cables prove this was no accident. The house is full of suspects—visiting relations, secretive servants, strangers prowling the grounds at night—and also full of targets. The enigmatic Mr. Redvers, who helped Jane solve a murder in Egypt, arrives on the scene to once more offer his assistance. This is the second book in the series & is a very well written enjoyable read. The characters are well portrayed with lots of depth. The pace is good & I just devoured it. There are twists, turns & red herrings aplenty. I loved the slowly developing relationship between Jane & Redvers & look forward to this slow burn relationship continuing in further books. A delightful read which I thoroughly enjoyed My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    The second in the series, Murder at Wedgefield is a delightful story set in Essex in 1926. What a fun era to read about! Intrepid Jane Wunderly (cute name!) and her aunt are visiting relatives before returning home to America. They encounter murder, mayhem and misadventures but aren't really daunted. Jane plows ahead and begins her own investigation as she did in the first book. She is a fearless almost pilot, too, which is slightly disconcerting to some, especially as she is female. In addition The second in the series, Murder at Wedgefield is a delightful story set in Essex in 1926. What a fun era to read about! Intrepid Jane Wunderly (cute name!) and her aunt are visiting relatives before returning home to America. They encounter murder, mayhem and misadventures but aren't really daunted. Jane plows ahead and begins her own investigation as she did in the first book. She is a fearless almost pilot, too, which is slightly disconcerting to some, especially as she is female. In addition to mysteries secrets are unraveled and we glimpse bits and pieces of romances. Mr. Redvers makes an appearance once again. We see servants on edge. All families have secrets, right? However, anyone can deceive or be deceived... Cozy mystery readers will most likely enjoy this light escapist read. Book 1 in my opinion was a tiny bit more exciting but this is definitely a charming and engaging series, well worth biting into. I love the historical information and descriptions. My sincere thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley! I look forward to the next in the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anjana

    I have read and reviewed the previous book of the series. I liked the characters, and when I got a chance to visit with them again, I took it. The first case was in Egypt, where our leading lady Jane and her aunt met up with two girls as well as a few other people, one of whom plays a large role here. Jane is currently staying at the house of a Baron whose relationship with her aunt goes way back. During this time, she is picking up a hobby or two. Her relationship with her aunt continues to be I have read and reviewed the previous book of the series. I liked the characters, and when I got a chance to visit with them again, I took it. The first case was in Egypt, where our leading lady Jane and her aunt met up with two girls as well as a few other people, one of whom plays a large role here. Jane is currently staying at the house of a Baron whose relationship with her aunt goes way back. During this time, she is picking up a hobby or two. Her relationship with her aunt continues to be tenuous at best, and when another dead body turns up, she is once again given free (grudging) reign to identify the culprit and unravel the events. The plot of the murder and the resulting chaos was a little predictable. I could see where the story was going, and I was proved right. The romance and the budding relationships, as well as some of the quips, were quite entertaining. Overall a decent follow up to the first book, but I hoped for something more. The writing continues to be smooth and easy to follow. I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    "Murder at Wedgefield Manor" is the sequel to "Murder at the Mena House," by Erica Ruth Neubauer and takes us. Jane and her aunt, Millie, are in England, at the country house of Millie's former (and possibly current) lover, Lord Hughes. Tragedy strikes when one of the estate's workers is killed in an auto accident that turns out to be murder. Redvers shows up, and he and Jane must solve the case. The series is off to a great start. Jane is a likeable heroine, and Aunt Millie isn't quite as intole "Murder at Wedgefield Manor" is the sequel to "Murder at the Mena House," by Erica Ruth Neubauer and takes us. Jane and her aunt, Millie, are in England, at the country house of Millie's former (and possibly current) lover, Lord Hughes. Tragedy strikes when one of the estate's workers is killed in an auto accident that turns out to be murder. Redvers shows up, and he and Jane must solve the case. The series is off to a great start. Jane is a likeable heroine, and Aunt Millie isn't quite as intolerable and overbearing in this book. Jane picks up another potential love interest, and shows that she isn't bound by her abusive past or by all the conventions society placed upon women of that time. Jane is taking flying lessons in addition to her sleuthing. While there are lots of suspects and potential motives, the mystery is not terribly complex, and readers may guess the culprit well before the end of the book. Don't let that deter you. This is an engaging cozy mystery and I recommend this series. I received an advance copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    I very much appreciated that Jane got to expand as a detective. This definitely wasn't one of those "the detective only solves it when the murderer tries to kill them" stories. It was nice to see her grow as a detective. It was sort of interesting that more than one person actually looked to her to fix everything when a mechanic from the Wedgefield Manor is murdered. After the events of the last book, that does make some sense - she's part of the family (in a sense) so she can be trusted to keep I very much appreciated that Jane got to expand as a detective. This definitely wasn't one of those "the detective only solves it when the murderer tries to kill them" stories. It was nice to see her grow as a detective. It was sort of interesting that more than one person actually looked to her to fix everything when a mechanic from the Wedgefield Manor is murdered. After the events of the last book, that does make some sense - she's part of the family (in a sense) so she can be trusted to keep a secret and she does have some experience. Her experience isn't especially vast though so it helps that her beau from the last book, Mr. Redvers, also mysteriously appears on the scene and is able to stay long enough to help solve not only the murder but some other mysteries as well. Maybe everything doesn't hang together perfectly but it was overall an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I seem to be reading a lot of 1920's cosy mysteries lately and I enjoy them all although some are better than others of course. Murder at Wedgefield Manor is one of the good ones. This was my first book by this author and she writes really well which is always a good start! Her main character, Jane Wunderly, is a competent, intelligent young woman which was a refreshing change from some I have come across in this genre. A realistic and appealing romantic interest, an interesting mystery and some I seem to be reading a lot of 1920's cosy mysteries lately and I enjoy them all although some are better than others of course. Murder at Wedgefield Manor is one of the good ones. This was my first book by this author and she writes really well which is always a good start! Her main character, Jane Wunderly, is a competent, intelligent young woman which was a refreshing change from some I have come across in this genre. A realistic and appealing romantic interest, an interesting mystery and some serious detective work completes the requirements for a great read. I notice though that I have missed book one. I must put that right very soon. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I've never been a huge reader of the mystery novel, but I am so glad that I picked up Erica Ruth Neubauer's Jane Wunderly series last year. Murder at Wedgefield Manor is the second book in this charming set of classic murder mysteries. The novel begins at an English manor house, where the heroine, Jane, is staying as a guest of her somewhat curmudgeonly aunt and her aunt's rumored lover, Lord Hughes. Having recently returned from a trip to Egypt, she has settled into what she hopes is a quiet pe I've never been a huge reader of the mystery novel, but I am so glad that I picked up Erica Ruth Neubauer's Jane Wunderly series last year. Murder at Wedgefield Manor is the second book in this charming set of classic murder mysteries. The novel begins at an English manor house, where the heroine, Jane, is staying as a guest of her somewhat curmudgeonly aunt and her aunt's rumored lover, Lord Hughes. Having recently returned from a trip to Egypt, she has settled into what she hopes is a quiet period of respite in the English countryside. Quickly, however, her visit is turned upside down when a young veteran, Simon, is killed in a suspicious car accident. Jane is once again joined by the mysterious and dashing Redvers to solve the crime. This book is a fun, light read with memorable characters, a driving story line, and a dash of well-mannered romance. I recommend it for fans of classic mysteries, manor house novels, and detective stories.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kidlitter

    A DRC was given by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and letdown review. A bit of a letdown indeed after Neubauer made such a strong debut with this series last year - Murder at the Mena House was a nice surprise in the glut of cozy 20s mysteries and Jane Wunderly is a refreshingly intelligent and mature protagonist. But her aunt Millie continues to grate - I confess I was rather hoping she would be the victim in this book's proceedings! When the reader is actually disappointed that the sleuth's o A DRC was given by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and letdown review. A bit of a letdown indeed after Neubauer made such a strong debut with this series last year - Murder at the Mena House was a nice surprise in the glut of cozy 20s mysteries and Jane Wunderly is a refreshingly intelligent and mature protagonist. But her aunt Millie continues to grate - I confess I was rather hoping she would be the victim in this book's proceedings! When the reader is actually disappointed that the sleuth's obnoxious and unhelpful relative is not being murdered, it's hard to engage with the rest of this tepid English country house cup of whodunnit. I wouldn't mind if Redvers revealed a little bit more about himself than just he's mad for Jane but as they're both off to America for the next adventure, I will give it a read - IF Millie stays behind, as hinted. Jane is too promisingn to be saddled with such an annoying millstone!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joan Happel

    Spunky Jane Wunderly is reunited with the mysterious Mr. Redvers for this 2nd installment in Neubauer’s mystery series. This time around the pair are investigating the death of WWI veteran Simon Marshall. What at first seems to be a tragic car accident soon becomes a murder investigation. Evoking the classic English country house murder mysteries of Agatha Christie; Jane, along with Aunt Millie, Aunt Millie’s daughter Lillian, and Lillian’s friend Marie are all staying at Lord Hugh’s country est Spunky Jane Wunderly is reunited with the mysterious Mr. Redvers for this 2nd installment in Neubauer’s mystery series. This time around the pair are investigating the death of WWI veteran Simon Marshall. What at first seems to be a tragic car accident soon becomes a murder investigation. Evoking the classic English country house murder mysteries of Agatha Christie; Jane, along with Aunt Millie, Aunt Millie’s daughter Lillian, and Lillian’s friend Marie are all staying at Lord Hugh’s country estate. Soon joined by Redvers the mystery unfolds, but not before someone else is killed and others are threatened. Likeable characters and an intriguing mystery lend to the enjoyment of this cozy 1920s historical mystery novel. Throw in a slow-burning romance, an offbeat chase scene, and a satisfying ending and this is a delightful addition to this new series. I can’t wait for the next one! Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the e-ARC.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Book 2 in the Jane Wunderly series. This could be read as a stand-alone but I think by reading the first book, you get a little more of the history of the characters, which gives them a little more depth. Jane and her aunt Millie are visiting with Lord Hughes and Lillian. While there, Simon, a veteran who works for Lord Hughes and is attracted to Lillian, is killed by what appears to be deliberate tampering of his car brakes. Mysterious Mr. Redvers, who works at some shadowy government agency, s Book 2 in the Jane Wunderly series. This could be read as a stand-alone but I think by reading the first book, you get a little more of the history of the characters, which gives them a little more depth. Jane and her aunt Millie are visiting with Lord Hughes and Lillian. While there, Simon, a veteran who works for Lord Hughes and is attracted to Lillian, is killed by what appears to be deliberate tampering of his car brakes. Mysterious Mr. Redvers, who works at some shadowy government agency, shows up to help Jane find the killer, for a second time since we were introduced to him in book one. This was pretty much a classic historical county house mystery with a cozy feeling to it. The characters were interesting and pretty well developed. The whodunit wasn’t particularly complicated but I thought it had that charming English countryside feel and it was an enjoyable read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dorris

    I greatly enjoyed this book! So nice to find another mystery writer who is not writing to a "forumla". No cutesy gimmicks here. Liked how details of some of that era's social issues are woven into the story. Find the gradual development of relationships very believable. While this series is lighter in vein than Anna Lee Huber's beloved Lady Darby and Veracity Kent series the Jane Wunderly series has joined my "keeper" list. I am really looking forward to following this new author's future writing I greatly enjoyed this book! So nice to find another mystery writer who is not writing to a "forumla". No cutesy gimmicks here. Liked how details of some of that era's social issues are woven into the story. Find the gradual development of relationships very believable. While this series is lighter in vein than Anna Lee Huber's beloved Lady Darby and Veracity Kent series the Jane Wunderly series has joined my "keeper" list. I am really looking forward to following this new author's future writings. Just finished this second book in the series and immediately purchased Murder at the Mena House at my favourite audio book dealer. Will purchase Murder at Wedgefield Manor as soon there soon as it becomes available with that vendor. Yes, these books are available from my library, but they are so enjoyable I am supporting the author by adding them to my personal library.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karren Hodgkins

    This was an enjoyable read. Jane is a delightful lead and is surrounded by an intriguing and varied ensemble of supporting characters. The historical aspects, in particular the impact the war had on the circumstances of many of the characters added depth and was most enlightening. In this instance I had managed to work out who was behind the murder, it was not too hard to deduce, yet it did not spoil the read at all. Perhaps in this instance, reading book 1 would have been helpful The adventure in This was an enjoyable read. Jane is a delightful lead and is surrounded by an intriguing and varied ensemble of supporting characters. The historical aspects, in particular the impact the war had on the circumstances of many of the characters added depth and was most enlightening. In this instance I had managed to work out who was behind the murder, it was not too hard to deduce, yet it did not spoil the read at all. Perhaps in this instance, reading book 1 would have been helpful The adventure in Egypt sounded quite an exciting one and, understandably, formed the basis for a number of the relationships. With thanks to Kensington Books, Netgalley and the author for my advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Homerun2

    3.5 stars American widow Jane Wunderly and her Aunt Millie are having a classic British manor house party experience before returning to the States. Lord Hughes, their host, makes it a habit to employ WWI veterans who might have difficulty in readjusting to society. One of them stomps out in a fit of pique and roars off in one of the manor's cars -- only to be found dead later after a car accident. But the discovery of cut brake lines makes this death a murder. Jane and her investigating partner 3.5 stars American widow Jane Wunderly and her Aunt Millie are having a classic British manor house party experience before returning to the States. Lord Hughes, their host, makes it a habit to employ WWI veterans who might have difficulty in readjusting to society. One of them stomps out in a fit of pique and roars off in one of the manor's cars -- only to be found dead later after a car accident. But the discovery of cut brake lines makes this death a murder. Jane and her investigating partner from the previous book get to work trying to figure it out. As usual, old secrets, family relationships and greed make for plenty of motive and suspects. Jane is a strong heroine and the romantic suspense adds atmosphere. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    M Moore

    Murder at Wedgefield Manor is a cozy mystery with lots of suspects. I loved this next installment of Jane Wunderly’s adventures. This book made me feel like I was dropped into a real life game of clue and I was racing to figure out the mystery right alongside Jane. The characters I grew to love in Murder at Mena House – Aunt Millie, Lillian and Redvers - reappear and just continue to feel like familiar friends. The twists and turns kept me guessing in this “whodunit” until the very end. I also l Murder at Wedgefield Manor is a cozy mystery with lots of suspects. I loved this next installment of Jane Wunderly’s adventures. This book made me feel like I was dropped into a real life game of clue and I was racing to figure out the mystery right alongside Jane. The characters I grew to love in Murder at Mena House – Aunt Millie, Lillian and Redvers - reappear and just continue to feel like familiar friends. The twists and turns kept me guessing in this “whodunit” until the very end. I also loved the references to the atmosphere in Great Britain post WWI – it provided historical context that was an added bonus to an already strong plot. My book reviews are also posted at https://www.instagram.com/justonemoor....

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