About the Book:
An English village can be deadly, when your past catches up with you…
In the beautiful rural Somerset village of Lower Hembrow, crammed full with English eccentrics, something is amiss…
Landscape gardener Imogen Bishop has spent the last thirty years trying to forget one fateful school night but when her estranged husband Greg Bishop is found dead in the grounds of her fathers Georgian hotel, danger threatens to overwhelm her.
Retired police officer Adam Hennessey, hoping for a peaceful life running his traditional Somerset country pub, finds himself drawn into the unfolding drama in the hotel across the road.
Imogen, Adam and Harley the stray dog form an unlikely partnership as they try to untangle a knot of secrets, solve a murder mystery, and bring a killer to justice.
A Village Murder is an enjoyable cozy mystery with a great cast of characters! Imogen has just lost her father in an accident when she discovers the body of her estranged husband on the property of her father’s hotel that she has just inherited. Of course, she finds herself as a suspect in her husband’s death which most definitely wasn’t an accident. She enlists the help of Adam Hennessey, a retired police officer who is the owner of the pub across from the hotel. As the two delve into her ex’s life, they find connections to an old accident that happened while she was still in school.
The several different subplots blend seamlessly into the main murder plot. The author didn’t lose the story in the various subplots. Each connected to make a multi-layered and complex mystery that kept me guessing throughout the book. The cast of characters added even more to the story. Imogen really matured through the book, and I really enjoyed the easy friendship she and Adam developed. The little hint of romance between Imogen and Daniel was a nice surprise as well. Can I just say, my favorite character was the sweet Harley, the stray dog that first brought Imogen and Adam together. I just loved him.
The author gave her readers a taste of the characters in this first book, and I can’t wait to see which direction they will go. I highly recommend reading if you like a cozy mystery with a great plot, great characters, and a wonderful scenery. I can’t wait to return to the Somerset village of Lower Hembrow!
***Also available on Kindle Unlimited***
Meet the Author:
One day, Frances Evesham walked on a beach in peaceful Somerset and came upon a unique nine-legged Victorian lighthouse. Her first cosy 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. It taught her more about motive, means and opportunity than she could ever have imagined.