Comfortable, warm and relaxed ... Murder Imperfect is the 7th book in the Libby Sarjeant cosy crime series. This time Libby finds herself distracted from involvement with her local pantomime by her friend Harry, who asks her to help a friend of his who has been receiving threatening letters. At first she believes it to be a simple case of prejudice, but soon Libby uncovers links to particularly nasty crimes in the past and revelations that have catastrophic results.
Reminiscent of Agatha Raisin, in that the female protagonist is a stout, eccentric and neurotic, middle-aged woman complete with cat who lives in a country cottage deep in rural England. Rather less frantic than Agatha Raisin, this series continues a theme of a well established style of British mystery writing ... the female detective!
Even with a leisurely start this book soon rewards those who persevere and is one of the more delightful books I have read recently.
The characters are believable, Libby as usual is on top form while Harry and Cy (Harry's gay friend) are totally charming. Detective Inspector Ian Connell adds a certain seriousness to the story, add these to the alluring setting (the type of village life we all hope must exist somewhere ... although I'm still looking) and it makes for wonderful escapism . There is enough mystery to keep you amused without the blood and gore of other less cosy detective novels.