Murder in Bloom

Author: Lesley Cookman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781681469218
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: Fiction

New edition of this bestselling murder mystery series that includes a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter of the next book in the series. Middle-aged artist-come-investigator Libby Sarjeant's son Adam has uncovered a body with his rotovator in Creekmarsh Place, where he is working as a gardener for TV personality Lewis Osbourne-Walker. The police seem to think there is no connection with the current owner but Libby, naturally, can't just leave it at that. With her psychic friend Fran's mind on other things, Libby has to go it alone. A murder in London inspires the police to dig deeper and Libby, determined to help her new friend Lewis, stirs up more mud than Adam's rotovator.

Murder by the Sea

Author: Lesley Cookman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781681469188
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: Fiction

Fourth title in the bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series. This new edition contains a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter from the next title in the series. Psychic investigator Fran Castle gets a request from the police to help when a body is discovered on a rocky island in the middle of Nethergate Bay. Libby Sarjeant, Fran's sleuthing partner, is on the case too, as they delve into the shameful world of the exploitation of illegal immigrants. Libby's partner Ben is concerned that her occasionally over-enthusiastic investigations might get her into trouble: his worries seem justified as Libby and Fran get on the trail of a war-time fascist spy and they become a nuisance to a killer.

Murder by the Barrel

Author: Lesley Cookman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781635969986
Release Date: 2017-10-05
Genre: Fiction

A new title in the popular cosy crime series by bestselling author Lesley Cookman When the sleepy village of Steeple Martin announces its first beer festival, the locals are excited. Beer, sun and music, what could possibly go wrong? But when an unexpected death shakes the village, it’s up to Libby Sarjeant to solve the puzzle. Was it just another rock star death or is there something more sinister afoot?

Murder in Midwinter

Author: Lesley Cookman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781681469225
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: Fiction

New edition of the bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series that includes a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter from the next title in the series. Kent village sleuth Libby Sarjeant and her psychic investigator friend Fran Castle befriend Bella Morleigh, who has inherited a derelict theatre. When an unknown body is discovered inside the theatre, they feel duty bound to help with the investigation. Although Libby is rather distracted by the preparations for her friends' Civil Partnership ceremony, she's getting the hang of using a computer to dig for information. However, when a second body is found it is one of Fran's psychic moments that makes the connection between the deaths; a connection with startling results.

Murder in Steeple Martin

Author: Lesley Cookman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781681469232
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: Fiction

New edition includes map of Steeple Martin, list of characters and free bonus chapter from the next title in the bestselling Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery series. 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?

Murder Dancing

Author: Lesley Cookman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781682994122
Release Date: 2016-03-24
Genre: Fiction

The sixteenth in the acclaimed Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series by Lesley Cookman. Max Tobin brings his all-male dance company to Steeple Martin, with his new ballet Pendle, based on the infamous Pendle Witch Trials, due to be performed at the Oast Theatre. There have been unpleasant incidents during rehearsals in London, and Max asks Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe to look into them. To everyone's surprise, the seriousness of the incidents escalates until, inevitably, someone is murdered. While the police look into the murder, Libby and Fran wonder why someone seemed so set against the ballet. Were occult forces at work, or was there a more worldly, personal motive?

Murder on the Run

Author: Lesley Cookman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781682994719
Release Date: 2016-12-06
Genre: Fiction

The world of running is completely alien to Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe, but when Libby’s son Adam and Fran’s stepdaughter Sophie join the Nethergate Harriers, they have to take an interest. And when one of the runners goes missing in the middle of the Nethergate 5K, they take more than an interest! It’s not long before a body is found – and Libby and Fran are caught up in another investigation… The seventeenth instalment in the hugely popular Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series.

The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne

Author: M. L. Longworth
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698195783
Release Date: 2015-09-15
Genre: Fiction

The fifth entry in this acclaimed series finds Verlaque and Bonnet searching for a murderer—in a crime tied to Provence’s greatest artist The next book in the Verlaque & Bonnet Provençal Mystery series, The Curse of La Fontaine, will be available from Penguin in April 2017! A friend in his cigar club asks Antoine Verlaque to visit René Rouquet, a retired postal worker who has found a rolled-up canvas in his apartment. As the apartment once belonged to Paul Cézanne, Rouquet is convinced he’s discovered a treasure. But when Antoine arrives at the apartment, he finds René dead, the canvas missing, and a mysterious art history professor standing over the body. When the painting is finally recovered, the mystery only deepens. The brushwork and color all point to Cézanne. But who is the smiling woman in the painting? She is definitely not the dour Madame Cézanne. Who killed René? Who stole the painting? And what will they do to get it back? Like Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri, M. L. Longworth’s enchanting mysteries blend clever whodunits with gustatory delights and the timeless romance of Provence. The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne adds a new twist by immersing Antoine and Marine in a clever double narrative that costars Provence’s greatest artist. “Art theft is a hot topic on the mystery scene, and no one’s heist is livelier than Longworth’s.” —Kirkus Reviews From the Trade Paperback edition.

Murder in the Green

Author: Lesley Cookman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781681469263
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: Fiction

New edition of this bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series including a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter of the next title in the series. Amateur sleuth Libby Sarjeant and her psychic investigator friend Fran become involved when a member of a local Morris Dancing side is found dead on May Day. Driven in part by her interest in Morris lore, Libby leaves her comfort zone in Kent and travels to Cornwall where she sees the darker side of Morris and its links to Satanism. Back home in Kent, she and Fran begin to unravel the facts behind the murder and the cleverness of a completely unsuspected killer.

Strangely Funny II

Author: Gwendolyn Kiste
Publisher: Mystery and Horror, LLC
ISBN: 0991582500
Release Date: 2014-07-10
Genre:

A second anthology in the same vein as the first Strangely Funny. Twenty-one talented authors have gathered round to apply a mallet to your funny bone. In this tomb--er, tome, many questions will be answered: Who is the newest sensation in Young Adult romance stories? What happens when a centuries-old wizard becomes the target of a hoarding intervention? Where does a vampire go to get a good drink? And what is the favorite sport in Heaven? The answers to these and many other rhetorical questions lie within these pages.

The Flower Arrangement

Author: Ella Griffin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101989746
Release Date: 2016-10-04
Genre: Fiction

Drawing together a delightful cast of characters, Ella Griffin brings her warmth, wit and wisdom to this captivating tale of the connections that bring us all together. Every bouquet tells a story. And every story begins at Blossom & Grow, a tiny flower shop in the heart of Dublin... Among the buckets of fragrant blooms, beneath the flickering candles and lanterns, Lara works her magic, translating feelings into flower arrangements that change hearts and lives. She is no stranger to the power of flowers herself. They gave her hope when she was a child who lost a mother, and, again when she was a mother who lost a child. But old wounds take time to heal, and life has more heartbreak in store. What will it take for the woman who can unlock everybody else’s emotions to open up her own heart? READERS GUIDE INSIDE From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Fabric of Sin

Author: Phil Rickman
Publisher: Quercus
ISBN: 9781623652838
Release Date: 2013-09-03
Genre: Fiction

The Master House, close to the Welsh border, is medieval and slowly falling into ruins. Now the house and its surrounding land have been sold to the Duchy of Cornwall. But the Duchy's plans to renovate the house and its outbuildings are frustrated when the specialist builder refuses to work there. "This is a place," he tells the Prince's land-steward, "that doesn't want to be restored." Directed by the Bishop of Hereford to investigate, deliverance consultant Merrily Watkins discovers ancient connections between the house and the nearby church, built by the Knights Templar whose shadow still envelopes isolated Garway Hill and its scattered communities. Why did all the local inns have astrological names? What deep history lies behind the vicious feud between two local families? And what happened here to intimidate even the great Edwardian ghost-story writer M. R. James? When Merrily learns that she--and even her daughter, Jane--are under surveillance by the security services, she's ready to quit. But a sudden death changes everything, and she returns to Garway to uncover fibres of fear and hatred stitched into history and now insidiously twisted in the corridors--and the cloisters--of power.

The Amateur Marriage

Author: Anne Tyler
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143196310
Release Date: 2015-05-05
Genre: Fiction

From the inimitable Anne Tyler, a rich and compelling novel about a mismatched marriage—and its consequences, spanning three generations. They seemed like the perfect couple—young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mother’s grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married. Pauline, impulsive, impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, judgmental, proceeds deliberately. While other young marrieds, equally ignorant at the start, seemed to grow more seasoned, Pauline and Michael remain amateurs. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Even when they find themselves, almost thirty years later, loving, instant parents to a little grandson named Pagan, whom they rescue from Haight-Ashbury, they still cannot bridge their deep-rooted differences. Flighty Pauline clings to the notion that the rifts can always be patched. To the unyielding Michael, they become unbearable. From the sound of the cash register in the old grocery to the counterculture jargon of the sixties, from the miniskirts to the multilayered apparel of later years, Anne Tyler captures the evocative nuances of everyday life during these decades with such telling precision that every page brings smiles of recognition. Throughout, as each of the competing voices bears witness, we are drawn ever more fully into the complex entanglements of family life in this wise, embracing, and deeply perceptive novel.

The Amber Amulet

Author: Craig Silvey;
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 9781510721906
Release Date: 2018-01-02
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Meet twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie, who patrols his suburban neighborhood as the Masked Avenger—a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Along with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil, and low tire pressure on their cars. But when he attempts to rescue a damsel in distress from sadness, instead, he finds a powerful, unlikely friendship. This perfect jewel of a book by Printz Honor Award-winning Craig Silvey will hold all readers in its irresistible power.

Murder at the Laurels

Author: Lesley Cookman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781681469157
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: Fiction

New edition of the bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series that includes a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and bonus chapter from the next title in the series. Steeple Martin amateur detective Libby Sarjeant's friend, and sleuthing partner, psychic investigator Fran Castle, suspects that there is something suspicious about the death of her aunt in a nursing home. When Fran's long-lost relatives turn up and seem either unconcerned or obstructive, Libby and Fran are sure something is wrong, particularly as the will is missing. As usual Libby needs little persuasion to start investigating, even if she doesn't see herself as Miss Marple. They discover surprising links to Fran's own past but, as the murders multiply and the police take over, can the amateur sleuths keep on the trail?