The fourteenth book in the Libby Sarjeant series of British murder mysteries which features a retired actress as the female sleuth and are based in the picturesque village of Steeple Martin.
A member of a local ukulele group is found dead in Steeple Martin’s churchyard. Libby’s first reaction is relief that the victim isn’t anyone she knows. She and the usual suspects have other things to occupy them as they are gearing up for a Christmas concert and pantomime in the Oast Theatre but when Libby’s cousin gets romantically involved with a man in whom the police are taking an interest, she can’t help asking a few questions – and getting into trouble…
First, I’d like to thank Brooke for having me on her blog, and being brave enough to host a British author!
I grew up reading Golden Age detective fiction, Ngaio Marsh, John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson and Rex Stout. Sadly, never took to the great Agatha, but loved Patricia Wentworth. Reading is still my favourite hobby, and what is now called “Cosy” [sic] my favourite genre, although I’ve read widely in the past. However “Romance” no longer holds my attention. Perhaps I’ve never been a romantic, which is why my couple of category romances floating around in the ether from the eighties have never done very well.
I’ve written as a living for over 32 years, but full length novels daunted me a bit. I was always wary of committing so much time and energy to a project with no guarantee of payment at the end of it. This, of course, was in the days before e-publishing, and I’m very grateful I didn’t attempt to self publish at the time. However, while I was doing a Master’s Degree at the University of Wales, I met someone with whom I struck up a friendship. We went on to produce a charity book in aid of a Breast Cancer charity, with short stories by both well known and unknown authors. Subsequently, my friend turned the business into one of the most successful independent presses in Britain, and right at the beginning, having seen the first 20,000 words of a mystery novel I had written for my dissertation, asked me if I could finish it and please could it be a series? Not the normal route to publication, I know, and I count myself incredibly lucky.
So 14 books in, will Libby Sarjeant and her friends continue to have adventures? I hope so. There are two more planned for this year, Murder In The Blood and Murder En Pointe, and who knows what will happen next year?
Once again, thank you, Brooke, and I hope everyone enjoys the Libby Sarjeant series.
Lesley – thank you so much for stopping by! I haven’t read the Libby Sarjeant series, but I’m really looking forward to starting it. I really enjoyed your guest post, and I know my readers will, too. 🙂
About the Author
A former actor, model and freelance journalist, Lesley Cookman lives on the Kent coast in the UK, has four musicians as children, two small grandchildren and two cats, Lady Godiva and Gloria. All 14 of her Libby Sarjeant books have reached number one in their genre charts on Amazon UK.
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