I first met Lesley Cookman when we did an MA in Creative Writing together at Trinity College. She was stood out from the crowd as she’d already had so much published as a features writer and knew a great deal about the publishing world. When I started Accent Press I was delighted that she let us publish Murder in Steeple Martin – the first in her Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series that is based in Kent and featured a retired actress as an amateur sleuth. Her books are now sold all over the world and are especially popular in Canada and the United States.
Please read on to discover more about this latest title.
Murder at the Manor – the ninth title in the Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series based in Kent.
Libby and Ben are hosting a Writers’ Reunion weekend at The Manor at which their friend, writer Amanda George (Rosie), is speaking. During the weekend, the body of a woman is found in the grounds, who turns out to be the wife of a famous writer who is attending the reunion. She is (or was) quite a famous political activist in her own right, so the original police investigation assumes the motive is connected with this, but there are other possibilities, including the writer’s affair with at least one of the other attendees.
Libby and Fran decide there is a possible link to the writer’s home village in Cranborne Chase, where a recently discovered Henge has been discovered, about which the murdered wife was very protective and go down to find out. They also try to look into any links the other writers at the reunion might have had with her, although all but one deny knowing anything about her.