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.
Lesley Cookman 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. After following a varied career as a model, air stewardess and disc jockey, she turned to writing short fiction and features for a variety of magazines, before graduating from the University of Wales with an MA in Creative Writing. She has 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 and has four grown up children and a passion for community theatre. She has written 10 titles in the Libby Sarjeant Murder Mysteries series and has also published How To Write A Pantomime.
Mrs. A. L. Maddocks on
6th August 2012 5:55PM
This is the fourth Libby Sarjeant book and I have to say it's the best so far. I love the illegal immigrant aspect to this story and eventually what it leads up to at the end (won't give it away).
I found Jane a bit of a frustrating character, but underneath that she came across as a decent enough person. I love the way it describes the Kent coastline and the impact tourists have on the locals.
Also this isn't just a murder mystery, but the novel progresses the lives of the main characters outside of murder ie Hetty's party.
Great book. Will read again. Would recommend.
20th April 2012 4:27PM
Murder By The Sea is the 4th book in Lesley Cookman's series featuring Psychic Fran Castle and middle aged acress Libby Sarjeant who like Jessica fletcher or Miss Marple, have a habit of becomming embroilled in murder. Fran is settling into her new cottage in the coastal town Nethergate Bay. Soon a body is discovered and Fran finds herself being once again drawn into the investigation. So she turns to her old friend Libby Sarjeant for help.
As with Lesley Cookman's previous book the plot moves at a good pace and there is the usual whitty dialogue. Being a "cosey crime" book there is very little sex and no graphic violence which makes a nice change from the usual graphic murder and violence which a lot of murder mysteries seem to have now days. This is the 4th book in the series but you don't really have to read them in order though it does help. So if you miss the good old days of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers then why not give Lesley Cookman's excellent books a go.