Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village” by Maureen Johnson and Jay Cooper

Review by Yvonne Selander, collection development librarian

Need to while away an afternoon? All caught up with your BBC mystery miniseries? Planning a trip to a quaint English village? Then you definitely need to read this book! Or, maybe you shouldn’t.

The illustrations and brief bits of text bring to mind fond memories of Edward Gorey if he were to have lived in a quaint English village. Pops of red in the black and white drawings highlight the dangers of these seemingly innocent spaces (but we know better, we’ve seen a billion seasons of “Midsomer Murders.”) Want a hint of the treats in store? Here’s one of my favorites, the description of the stairs in the manor house: “They are the xylophones of death.” Brings deadly music to my ears.

A fun romp and exploration of a place you should never, ever, EVER visit.