Murder in Steeple Martin (Libby Sarjeant Series #1)

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Artist and ex-actress Libby Sarjeant is busy directing a play for the opening of a new theatre in her village when one of her cast is found murdered. The play, written by her friend Peter, is based on real events in his family, disturbing and mysterious, which took place in the village during the last war.

As the investigation into the murder begins to uncover a tangled web of relationships in the village, it seems that the events dramatised in...

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Overview

Artist and ex-actress Libby Sarjeant is busy directing a play for the opening of a new theatre in her village when one of her cast is found murdered. The play, written by her friend Peter, is based on real events in his family, disturbing and mysterious, which took place in the village during the last war.

As the investigation into the murder begins to uncover a tangled web of relationships in the village, it seems that the events dramatised in the play still cast a long shadow, dark enough to inspire murder.

Libby's natural nosiness soon leads her into the thick of the investigation, but is she too close to Peter's family, and in particular his cousin Ben, to be able to recognise the murderer?

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Editorial Reviews

SLEUTH OF BAKER STREET

The stories feature ex-actress Libby Sarjeant and are set in a small village in Kent.

'Delightful. The characters are quirky, the dialogue witty, and the plot revolves around the theatre. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the others. A hit for all you lovers of the traditional English cosy.’

 

Marian Misters

— Marian Misters

SLEUTH OF BAKER STREET - Marian Misters

The stories feature ex-actress Libby Sarjeant and are set in a small village in Kent.

'Delightful. The characters are quirky, the dialogue witty, and the plot revolves around the theatre. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the others. A hit for all you lovers of the traditional English cosy.’

Marian Misters

From the Publisher
With facinating characters and intriguing plot, this is a real page turner. Katie Fforde

Take Murder in Steeple Martin on the plane with you, and annoy your fellow-passengers by laughing out loud. Judith Cutler in Shots Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908262806
  • Publisher: Accent Press, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Series: Libby Sarjeant Series , #1
  • Pages: 400
  • 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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Number 17 Allhallow's Lane was in the middle of a terrace of three, red-bricked with small white-painted windows, and a step down to trap the unwary immediately behind the front door.
Sidney, a large silver tabby with an unpredictable nature, glared at Libby from his vantage point half-way up the stairs as she tripped down the step.
'All right, I know I'm late,' she said and wondered why she was saying it. There was no need to apologise, no excuses to make, nobody to placate. Not now. Not at all - not ever, if she didn't want to. But old habits died hard. After twenty years of living with other people, being on one's own came as rather a shock and not always a welcome shock at that, if she were honest. She wove her way between assorted tables and chairs, displacing several newspapers, books and typescripts as she did so and switched on the kitchen light. Sidney had been at the bread bin again.
'Listen,' she said, as he jumped up on to the table, having tried the Rayburn once or twice and suffered the indignity of burnt paws. 'You are not a vegetarian - neither am I. And cats don't like bread.'
She moved the big kettle on to the hot-plate and hunted round for the half-full tin of cat food.
'There,' she said, decanting it into a chipped Victorian saucer. 'Get on with that and shut up.'
She made her coffee, took it into the living room and sat down by the empty fireplace. The script of The Hop Pickers lay on the hearth, interleaved with pages of untidy notes. She picked it up and riffled through it.
She had been so enthusiastic about this project, everything falling into place just as she was in the process of buying the cottage. Peter's lovely play and the newly converted Oast House theatre had fired her imagination and given her an entree into the village community. But now her enthusiasm was ebbing away, leaving behind it a flat, uncomfortable sensation rather like thinking there was an extra step and finding that there wasn't.
'It isn't fair, you know,' she said out loud to Sidney, who spread himself out on her feet and gave a desultory purr. 'After all I've been through, this bit should go right.'
Sidney opened one eye to a slit and slowly closed it again.
Sighing, she began to read the first page of the script where the young Hetty met the handsome young squire's son Gregory. Incredible really, that this positively Shakespearean plot should be true and should actually have happened to people still living here.
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  • Posted February 15, 2013

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    Murder in Steeple Martin is the first in the Libby Sarjeant murd

    Murder in Steeple Martin is the first in the Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series, and the first Libby Sarjeant read by me. It's a cosy murder mystery along the lines of Agatha Raisin.
    Unexplained accidents at the theatre and the murder of a cast member, turns Libby Sarjeant amateur theatre director, into Libby Sarjeant amateur detective. The protagonist is a likeable woman, who doesn't wish to see any murder go unsolved. Being conscientious, she also knows the show must go on and therefore carries on directing while detecting.
    Like all good murder mysteries, the crime isn't solved until the last few pages, and kept me guessing. The subplots are nicely done too.
    This is a popular series, and I can see why. Alongside Libby ‘Miss Marple’ Sarjeant, we meet a cast of characters set to become regulars in the series, including a possible love interest, and Fran, her psychic friend and partner in sleuthing. In this novel, they all investigate together and have fun on the way, a formula which has proved successful enough to spawn a series of ten novels so far.
    One for all who prefer their murder mysteries on the less gritty side.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    A mystery set around a play in a Kentish village

    Libby Sarjeant is helping to produce a play at an exciting new venture, the Oast House Theatre, in a Kentish village. The play depicts true events from Peter¿s family¿s past during the hop-picking era. Some family members are not too happy with this play being produced. Some strange things begin to happen with rehearsals. In the midst of all this, Libby finds herself with a new romance with Ben. She never expected that to happen. Will the stirring up of the old murder bring tragedy to the play and the people in it? I really like Libby. She is such a wonderful character. She is good with the people in the play. I only wish the Oast Theatre was a real venue to go watch the play and meet Libby. I recommend this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Terrific!

    Thrilled to discover this excellent series! Well written page turner - couldn't put it down! Good mystery, great plot twists, characters you care about and want to get to know better. Can't wait to get the next in the series! Content: For adults, handful of cursing, one brief seduction - not graphic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Ok

    It was good but i like more suspence

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

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    Highly Thrilling - Can't put it down

    Lesley Cookman, Sets the stage for you to be a part of the family that has murder in there past and when they put the murder into a play things become very bad for the players. A must read, that will hold you captive until the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

    An excellent read! Well-written and edited, with an interesting

    An excellent read! Well-written and edited, with an interesting plot and characters. A fun and enjoyable book.

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