Murder at the Cathedral (An Exham on Sea Mystery #4) by @FrancesEvesham #FridayReads #cozy murder/mystery

  • Author: Frances Evesham
  • Published: February 2016 by AinsleyAssociates
  • Category: Cozy Murder Mystery

The respectable ladies of the Knitters’ Guild plan a surprise for the cathedral city. The surprise isn’t meant to include murder…

Libby Forrest and her friend Angela Miles are enjoying coffee and a chat in Wells Cathedral café. Angela is a volunteer guide at the cathedral. They are unintentionally witnessing an argument between Libby’s lodger, Mandy and her boyfriend, Steve who is Angela’s nephew. As Mandy storms out Angela’s phone rings. There’s been a murder…..

Giles Temple, a historian, has been researching at the cathedral library and was found that morning by Dr Phillips, the librarian. Libby is determined not to involve herself in another investigation. She is busy organising her son’s wedding, her own business and her plans to set up a private investigation service with Max Ramshore. Not only that, she had found herself agreeing to marry Max as well and was getting cold feet about giving up her independence. 

Whenever Libby thought about Max her heart fluttered, but her head throbbed with questions. Would they tire of one another if they lived and worked too closely together? Could she give up her independence and walk away from the business she’d struggled so hard to grow, just as it was taking off? What about Mandy? Libby couldn’t let her apprentice down. She needed a few days’ breathing space, with time to think and no crime investigations, while Max finished his current assignment. Any inquiry into a suspicious death was best left to the police.

Yarn Bombing

Libby’s curiosity gets the better of her, and along with the desire to help and support her friend, she couldn’t resist and is drawn into the investigation regardless of her other commitments, getting involved in a ‘yarn bombing’ knitting circle in the process.

These are enjoyable fun reads, written well and easy to read with eccentric and quirky characters I can’t help but like. Libby especially is engaging and believable. I learned something new too, having never heard of chained libraries before. The characters continue to evolve and the storylines are getting better all the time. And another great cover image. Everything necessary for a cozy murder mystery is included; unexpected twists, intrigue, some suspense and touching scenes, not to mention a bit of romance. I love the locale, especially as I’m familiar with areas where the action takes place. The plot held my interest to the end and, of course, last but no means least there’s Bear!

I chose to read and review Murder at the Cathedral based on an ARC supplied by the author/publisher.

Book links ~ Amazon UK || Amazon US

About Frances Evesham

One day, Frances Evesham walked on a beach in peaceful Somerset and came upon a unique nine-legged Victorian lighthouse. Her first cozy crime story, Murder at the Lighthouse, was born.

Now, she writes mystery stories: the Exham on Sea contemporary cozy crime series set in a small Somerset seaside town, and the Thatcham Hall Mysteries, 19th Century historical mystery romances set in Victorian England. 

She collects poison recipes and cooks with a glass of wine in one hand and a bunch of chillies in the other, her head full of ingenious ways to dispatch her victims – in fiction, of course. 

She’s been a speech therapist and a road sweeper, and worked in the criminal courts seeing crime from all points of view: victim, prosecution and defence. Spending time in the dock and the witness box alongside witnesses taught her more about motive, means and opportunity than she could ever have imagined.

 Social media links ~ Website || Twitter

God’s Easter Miracles ~ A #Children’s Book by Lee Ann Mancini #Interview @ebookreviewgal #Giveaway

 

Welcome, Lee. In your own words, please tell us about your book

The story starts on a lovely Easter day at Sunday school! God’s Easter Miracles highlights God’s love and provision to His children. The lessons learned are not only about Jesus’s resurrection, but also awareness of treating children with Autism with love and respect, taking care of God’s creations, and most importantly, accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. Continue reading

As The Crow Flies by Damien Boyd (DI Nick Dixon #1) #Crime @DamienBoydBooks #Mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Damien Boyd
  • Published: January 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
  • Category: Crime, Suspense, Police Procedural

Rock climbing is now a blood sport.

Detective Inspector Nick Dixon’s former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, is dead. Killed in a fall whilst practising a new route on High Rock, Cheddar Gorge. Convinced that Jake would not have made such a simple mistake, Nick Dixon starts digging and uncovers a web of intrigue and criminal activity that will rock the sleepy seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea to its core.

DI Nick Dixon recently left the Metropolitan Police and returned to his home county, joining the Avon and Somerset force and, although few people could understand his reasoning, Nick knew he’d made the right decision. He wasn’t particularly interested in advancement, it was all about solving crimes, even if it had left him in an unfurnished rented cottage. That didn’t matter so much when he was on the beach with his eight month old rescued Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Monty. He is enjoying being on his home turf. Continue reading

The Legend of Llanddwyn Island #Photography #Romance #MondayBlogs

A completely different day in terms of light than the last time we visited Llanddwyn Island. So many changes in the course of a few hours.

Llanddwyn translates to The Church of St Dwynwen. St Dwynwen is known as the patron saint of lovers, the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine, and her day is celebrated on January 25th. 

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Echoes in Death (In Death Series #44) by JD Robb #SciFi #Crime #Audiobook #SundayBlogShare

  • 31384635Author: JD Robb
  • Performed by Susan Ericksen
  • Released: February 2017 by Brilliance Audio
  • Category: Science Fiction, Crime, Romance
  • four-stars

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

It amazes me that with a series containing this number of books, evil can appear in so many varied forms. The subject matter is grim, abuse – both physical and sexual, by someone targeting young and happily married couples (with the exception of the first.) Continue reading

Twins of a Gazelle ~ An Ionian Affair by Margaret Cullingford #FridayReads @CullingfordMags #BookReview

Fifteen months married to Adam Burgess, Calista Blake suspects she has chosen the wrong man. She looks forward to their holiday on the Greek island of Ithaca, hoping its magic will banish her disenchantment.

Calista Blake had no notion her affair would lead to marriage. She hadn’t wanted Adam to leave his wife but, carried away by the excitement and mystery of their relationship, here she was, married to Adam. The realisation she didn’t really know him at all left her disillusioned and confused. Once upon a time she was the other woman, has she now created an opening for someone else to fill? Adam spends a lot of time in London, leaving Calista, lonely and uneasy, rattling around their Leicestershire home with spaniel, Beppo. Luckily she has her career as a lawyer to occupy her. Continue reading

Rapid Fire #Book Tag #Books #Reading

Thanks to Kate from The Quiet Knitter for tagging me. Here we go….

eBooks or physical books?

Physical… but kindles are so handy.

Paperback or hardback?

Paperback for ease of reading but hardbacks look great.

Online or in-store shopping?

Probably works out mostly online. Continue reading

The Surgeon ~ Rizzoli & Isles book 1 by Tess Gerritsen #Crime Medical #Drama #TuesdayBookBlog

  • 51qkygahxvlAuthor: Tess Gerritsen
  • First Published in 2001 by Bantam Press
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense
  • three-half-stars

IN BOSTON, THERE’S A KILLER ON THE LOOSE…

A killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician – a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them.

Having been a long time fan of Rizzoli & Isles, the TV series, I decided to give the books a go. Very late in the day, I know, since this book was published in 2001. It was strange to read the description of Detective Jane Rizzoli as small, square-jawed and insecure in her position as part of a male dominated team, among other less than flattering characterisations. The only similarity is the dark, curly hair. The only other name I recognise is Frost and in the book he’s white. Maura Isles doesn’t appear in this book either. Continue reading

Much Ado About Highlanders (Scottish Relic Trilogy #1) by May McGoldrick #HistFic #Audiobook @MacmillanAudio

Highland warrior Alexander MacPherson has lost his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn’t expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride…and he has the sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.

After a prank backfired and years of father/daughter misunderstandings, independent and headstrong Kenna MacKay fled her marital home on the night of her wedding to Alexander Macpherson. Their marriage was arranged to unite the two clans. For the past six months she has been training in the skills of healing with the nuns at Glosters Priory. Kenna and her cousin, Emily, are attending a birth in the village when they are kidnapped by the Macpherson brothers in a determined attempt to bring Kenna and Alexander together again. Left alone, the attraction ignites. Continue reading