Murder in Steeple Martin (Libby Sarjeant Mysteries 1) (A Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery Series) Paperback – 8 May 2006
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Take Murder in Steeple Martin on the plane with you, and annoy your fellow-passengers by laughing out loud. --Judith Cutler in Shots Magazine
With facinating characters and intriguing plot, this is a real page turner. --Katie Fforde
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Libby Sarjeant, along with Fran and many other characters from Murder in Steeple Martin, will be making a return appearance in 2007. Watch this space!See all Product Description
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Ah well, the next best thing to having them is reading about them, methinks I will reread these in future as they do resemble the book equivalent of comfy slippers. I recommend the series heartily, and await further developments!
Somewhat less manic than A.R., both series carry on an old and well-established style of British Mystery writing. That said, it is clear that Lesley Cookman has gone out of her way to break some of the rules. For example there is only -shock, horror!- *one* murder in her book;her characters have no access to the Police enquiry, so are working completly in the dark; and as much as she can she has avoided having characters do obviously stupid things.
This is not an earth-shattering book, but it is a thoroughly good read and is well-worth the asking price. I will definately be reading all sequels and recommend other to do likewise.
This is an entertaining, though relatively slow moving mystery with some interesting characters and situations. The plot is well constructed and kept me guessing until very nearly the end of the story. The relationships between the characters are well done and I especially liked Libby's own budding romance with Ben. I liked Libby as a character as well as her cat, Sidney, and I thought Fran was good too. I found the insight into the lives of the hop pickers in the mid twentieth century of interest as my aunt was also one of the many hop pickers during the nineteen forties.
If you like your crime stories without too much on the page violence then give this series a try. If you enjoy authors such as Hazel Holt, Veronica Heley and Rebecca Tope then you may enjoy Lesley Cookman.
Whilst the story has long since passed into folk lore, it would appear that the play has stirred up someone as a couple of odd accidents happen at the theatre. The stage manager Stephen, had came at Libby's request to act as Stage manager and he appears to have unfortunately taken her request as a personal one and she is currently keeping him at bay. Also taking a personal interest in Libby is Ben a member of the family and known to be a bit of a lady's man, but he seems to have taken a shine to Libby and whilst she is also trying to keep him at bay it is for an entirely different reason.
Then one of the cast is murdered and events take a different turn. I enjoyed this book enormously, it had good characterisation and the plot kept me guessing to the end.
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I bought this out of idle curiosity and really didn't expect to like it. Basing things around an Amateur Dramatics production is usually a no no for me - I've been to too many... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Hayes
I read one of the later novels and decided to work through the series. Although this first one wasn't as good, I know there will be improvement. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TallyCat
I can't get in to this, I don't like the characters and her way of telling the story is by way of conversation between her characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by G
Wasn't sure when I started the book but it got better and ended with a surprisePublished 2 months ago by JackyM
I found this book a real tonic. It’s a wonderfully engaging, enjoyable mystery with a memorable and likeable cast of characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ces
Makes a real change to read a book that you are able to easily identify with the characters and a plausible plot, very impressed.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Had its moments of suspense and intrigue but at other times the storyline did not hold mePublished 3 months ago by BRUCE CAMERON