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Murder in Steeple Martin (Libby Sarjeant Mysteries 1) (A Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery Series) Paperback – 8 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (8 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905170157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905170159
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!

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I love this series of books, having now read all ten back to back. This is the first of the series, introducing all the main players and painting a witty view of village life. Libby, wine in one hand and cigarette in the other, draped in Oxfam cape and wicker basket is a delightful portrayal of the divorced woman of a certain age. Fran, who becomes her regular partner in crime deduction in later books is a trifle annoying here but by and large the story is delightful. I wish I could live next to the Pink Geranium, and have decorative friends like Harry and Peter, not to mention a boyfriend like Ben!

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!
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This book starts a little slowly but very soon rewards those who stick with it and becomes one of the most engaging books I have read in a long time. Vaguely reminiscent of Agatha Raisin, in that the heroine is a dumpy middle-aged, neurotic woman who lives in deeply rural England with a cat. Yet this is by no means a rip-off.

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.
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Libby Sarjeant lives in a small village in Kent. She is an actress and an artist and is directing a play by a local writer to be put on in a newly modernised oast house turned theatre in her village. When a series of accidents at the theatre threaten the production and the author starts to say the play should not be put on Libby gets curious. The disappearance and murder of one of the cast members makes everything much more serious and past history seems to be coming to the fore again.

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.
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A delightful murder mystery artfully staged. The theme of a play about to be performed in the village playhouse by local actors stirs up some murky doings in the past, leading to tragic consequences. I thought I'd guessed who dun it...but the twists and turns came thick and fast and it turned out I wasn't the next Miss Marple after all. Libby Sarjeant might be, though.
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Ex-actor Libby Sarjeant is now living with her cat Sydney in a village in Kent. She has taken on the direction of a play at the Oast House Theatre. The playwright is Peter Barker, and the play is about his family set more than fifty years ago . The main character in the play is Peter's aunt. Hetty who came down from London to Kent with several other members of her family as a hop picker. A man was killed and Hetty's father disappeared and eventually Hetty married Greg the owner of Manor Farm.

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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Lizzie Hayes
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This was a 'great escape' when I needed one! Quite apart from a supremely likeable heroine in Libby, and twists even a spot-the-twist reader like me couldn't see coming, I particularly loved the fascinating flashbacks into the old hop-pickers' era. A great page-turning read - how about Libby starting up another theatre in another village setting with all sorts of lovely murk lurking in the woodwork??
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