Murder Imperfect (Libby Sarjeant Series #7)

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The seventh title in the Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series based in the fictional village of Steeple Martin, Kent

When sleuth-come-pantomime director Libby Serjeant learns of threatening letters sent to Cy, a friend of her friend Harry, at first she assumes it's just anti-gay prejudice.
With her partner Ben having moved in to her cottage, and son Adam also at home nursing a broken leg, as well as having the panto to cope with, Libby is at ...

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The seventh title in the Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series based in the fictional village of Steeple Martin, Kent

When sleuth-come-pantomime director Libby Serjeant learns of threatening letters sent to Cy, a friend of her friend Harry, at first she assumes it's just anti-gay prejudice.
With her partner Ben having moved in to her cottage, and son Adam also at home nursing a broken leg, as well as having the panto to cope with, Libby is at first reluctant to get involved. However, when murder follows, Libby and her psychic investigator friend Fran are drawn into another investigation in which the shadows of the past have a dramatic effect on the present, with dangerous consequences for them both.

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Editorial Reviews

Christina Jones

Murder Imperfect is another great murder/mystery in the Libby Sarjeant series - and, imo, the most cleverly plotted yet. Old crimes mirror the new ones and Libby, aided by Fran, has to delve into some pretty murky goings-on - both past and present. Some of the scenes really racked up the tension, the red herrings were brilliant - and I thought I knew who'd done it, and why - but I didn't! The links between what seems at first to be a very modern murder and the horrific events in the past are intricately woven - but they all unravel beautifully and tie up tidily at the end. Oh, and the lovely Harry features a lot in this book - which made me very happy! Highly recommended.

From the Publisher
'Lesley Cookman is the Queen of Cosy Crime' Paul Magrs author of the Brenda and Effie series from Headline

'A compelling series where each book leaves you satisfied but also eagerly waiting for the next one. I love Libby!' Author Bernardine Kennedy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908262868
  • Publisher: Accent Press, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/7/2012
  • Series: Libby Sarjeant Series, #7
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,058,904
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley started writing almost as soon as she could read, and filled many exercise books with pony stories until she was old enough to go out with boys. Since she's been grown up, following a varied career as a model, air stewardess and disc jockey, she's written short fiction and features for a variety of magazines, achieved an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, taught writing for both Kent Adult Education and the WEA and edited the first Sexy Shorts collection of short stories from Accent Press in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign. She lives on the Kent coast.
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Of course, Adam was right. Steeple Farm was a large thatched farmhouse belonging to a member of Ben's family. Ben, her mostly significant other, was restoring it and had hoped to persuade Libby to move into it from her small cottage in the village, but Libby loved her cottage, she loved Allhallow's Lane and she loved being in the centre of Steeple Martin. So, for the moment, they were both squashed into Number 17, with the addition, currently, of Adam. Libby peered once more out of the window at the darkening sky and turned to the fireplace.
'A fire, Sidney,' she said. 'That's what we want. We need cheering up.' Sidney's ears twitched again and his nose got pushed even more firmly under his tail. Libby creaked down on to her knees and began riddling the grate. She had just got her fingers suitably covered in coal dust and firelighter when her phone rang. Libby swore.
'What's the matter with you?' asked the voice on the other end.
'I'm lighting a fire.'
'And it's annoying you?'
'No, you are, Harry. I'm covered in coal dust, and so is the phone now.'
'Ring me back when you're clean, then,' said Harry. 'I want to have a chat.'
Libby returned to the fire. Harry co-owned The Pink Geranium vegetarian restaurant in the village with his life partner Peter, who also happened to be Ben's cousin. Libby had known Harry and Peter for several years; in fact it had been they who helped her find number 17 Allhallow's Lane in what they called "The search for Bide-a-Wee”. Now Adam, Libby's youngest child, lived in the flat above The Pink Geranium, where he helped out in the evenings to augment his earnings as an assistant to a garden designer and landscaper.
Libby had listened to Harry's concerns over several matters in the last few years, from his last foray into heterosexuality to the arrangements for his civil partnership ceremony. He, in turn, had listened to more than his fair share of Libby's troubles and anxieties, most frequently her ambivalence in her relationship with Ben and her rather unwholesome interest in local murders. It occurred to her, rather shamefacedly, that Harry had been more of a support to her than she had to him, so she must make the time to listen properly and help in any way she could.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2015

    Wonderful British cozy series!

    This is the perfect British mystery cozy series.....a delightful cast of characters who grow with each book, quaint villages, intriguing storylines. The books revolve around a group of 50ish year old friends and relatives who work in a local theater in their spare time, and live in the picturesque British village of Steeple Martin. The main characters are friends Libby & Fran who stumble upon unsolved murders. In each book, the author has a very clever way of weaving two mysteries together - there is often something from the past that had remained unsolved, linking it to a present scenario. Very cleverly done. Read these in order, they draw you in from the first line..... I can't put them down! No sex, no gore, occasional swearing.

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