The moment I started reading, I felt like I’d slipped into my favorite armchair. The familiarity of the characters—Poppy, Griff and, of course, Bessie the Corgi—is comforting. It was good to get together with “old friends” and journey to an airfield in Hampshire, England. On top of this being a well-constructed mystery, I also learned about the women pilots responsible for ferrying military planes during WWII. Absolutely fascinating!
“You’ll love this character so much, you’ll want her as your best friend.”—Alyssa Maxwell, author of the Gilded Newport Mysteries and a Lady and Lady’s Maid Mysteries
Poppy Redfern is back on the case when two female fighter pilots take a fatal dive in an all-new Woman of World War II Mystery by Tessa Arlen.
It is the late autumn of 1942. Our indomitable heroine Poppy Redfern is thoroughly immersed in her new job as a scriptwriter at the London Crown Film Unit, which produces short films featuring British civilians who perform acts of valor and heroism in wartime. After weeks of typing copy and sharpening pencils, Poppy is thrilled to receive her first solo script project: a fifteen-minute film about the Air Transport Auxiliary, known as Attagirls, a group of female civilians who have been trained to pilot planes from factories to military airfields all over Britain.
Poppy could not be more excited to spend time with these amazing ladies, but she never expects to see one of the best pilots die in what is being labeled an accident. When another Attagirl meets a similar fate, Poppy and her American fighter-pilot boyfriend, Griff, believe foul play may be at work. They soon realize that a murderer with a desire for revenge is dead set on grounding the Attagirls for good. . . .
About the Author
Tessa Arlen was born in Singapore, the daughter of a British diplomat; she has lived in Egypt, Germany, the Persian Gulf, China, and India. An Englishwoman married to an American, Tessa lives on the West Coast with her family and two corgis.
Praise for Poppy Redfern and the Fatal Flyers
"Engaging characters—many of them suspects—along with romance and a welcome spotlight on women's contributions to the war."--Kirkus Reviews
"Arlen conveys so strong a sense of time and place that the reader will feel as though they have stepped into an episode of Foyle's War. A must-read..."--Booklist
"The mix of history, setting, and character is the best part of this series. Poppy is as clever and indomitable as ever... I couldn't put it down."--Smart Bitches Trashy Books
"Arlen continues to deliver a well-researched story... Wherever Poppy turns up next, it's bound to be an exciting slice of history."--Criminal Element
Praise for the Woman of World War II Mysteries
“Absolutely smashing! Arlen pens a dynamite beginning to a new series, filled with wartime suspense, skillfully wrought emotions, and a liberal dash of romance. Readers will fall in love with clever and quirky Poppy Redfern and the colorful villagers of Little Buffenden, as well as their dashing new neighbors—the American Airmen.”—Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries
“This engaging mystery introduces an intrepid new sleuth in Poppy Redfern and draws us into the lives of a small English village, upturned by war and the unexplained murders of two young women. I was enamored by the story and the residents of Little Buffenden from first page to last. Three cheers for Poppy!”—Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Me No Questions, A Lady Dunbridge mystery.
“Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders is a WWII gem of a novel with such a strong sense of time and place, you feel like you’re there. Filled with characters you’ll want to meet again, it’s a compelling mystery that grabs the reader from the very beginning! A must-read for fans of historical fiction.”—Emily Brightwell, New York Times Bestselling author of the Victorian Mysteries.
"The enemy doesn't stand a chance with courageous Poppy on patrol. You'll love this character so much you'll want her as your best friend. I know I do! I can't wait for the next Woman of WWII Mystery! " --Alyssa Maxwell, author of the Gilded Newport Mysteries and a Lady and Lady's Maid Mysteries