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Murder by the Sea

When a body is discovered on a rocky little island in the middle of Nethergate Bay the media swoop on the seaside town. Soon an enquiring hack discovers that local resident Fran Castle, has previously aided the police using her psychic abilities. Brought into the investigation, Fran naturally asks her friend Libby Sarjeant to help, but they soon find themselves up to their knees in more mud and murder than they could possibly have anticipated.

Murder Dancing

The sixteenth in the acclaimed Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series by Lesley Cookman. Max Tobin brings his all-male dance company to Steeple Martin, with his new ballet Pendle, based on the infamous Pendle Witch Trials, due to be performed at the Oast Theatre. There have been unpleasant incidents during rehearsals in London, and Max asks Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe to look into them. To everyone's surprise, the seriousness of the incidents escalates until, inevitably, someone is murdered. While the police look into the murder, Libby and Fran wonder why someone seemed so set against the ballet. Were occult forces at work, or was there a more worldly, personal motive?


Murder in the Blood

Libby Sarjeant and friends are taking a well-earned holiday at a village on the Turkish coast but despite their best intentions it seems that murder has even followed them there.


When out on a boat trip they discover a body, but at first it has nothing to do with them, for once ... until they find out that the deceased was English and so are the suspects. Finding that the local officials in rural Turkey are very different from the police force back in rural Kent, Libby can t wait to get home and start a proper investigation.


Murder Out of Tune

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…


Murder in a Different Place

Libby Sarjeant and her friends have been invited to stay in a delightful beach house on the Isle of Wight while attending the funeral of an old friend. They soon realise that his cousins have an ulterior motive for the invitation – they want Libby to look into the death of their sister. But what has Harry Price’s background to do with it? And what is he hiding?


Murder in the Dark

The twelfth 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. An unidentified woman’s body is found in a remote garden in Kent. With the owners not in residence, the only people with legitimate access are the caretaker, Johnny, and landscape gardeners Adam Sarjeant and his employer, Mog. Afraid of her son falling under suspicion, Libby Sarjeant, with her friend Fran, are determined to find the murderer, with or without the assistance of the police in the person of Chief Detective Inspector Ian Connell.


Murder in the Monastery

Libby Sarjeant is invited to look into the provenance of a jewelled Anglo-Saxon reliquary which has appeared on a website. The nuns at St Eldreda’s Abbey are curious, as it apparently contains a relic of St Eldreda herself. Libby’s friend Peter obtains permission to mount a play based on St Eldreda’s story in the ruins of the original monastery called, naturally, Murder In The Monastery. And then, inevitably, a real body is discovered, and Libby and her friend Fran find out that this is not the first.


Murder by Magic

Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe are asked to look into the sudden and unexplained death of a devoted churchgoer. The police appear to have lost interest, but the villagers are certain that their new lady vicar has something to do with it! But if it is murder, how was it done?


Could it be - magic?


Murder at the Manor

Libby Sarjeant and partner Ben are hosting a Writers' Weekend at The Manor, when an unexpected guest turns up dead. Despite interference from Special Branch, Libby and her psychic friend Fran follow the trail to beautiful Cranborne Chase in search of a very devious murderer.


Murder to Music

Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran are invited by Fran's creative writing tutor to investigate a house that is reputedly haunted. For once, Libby can be as nosy as she likes without ploughing straight into a murder investigation, for the only deaths here appear to have occured over a hundred years ago.


But perhaps someone alive today doesn't want Libby to continue? And if so, will she be safe?



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Murder Imperfect

The seventh title in the Libby Sarjeant series finds her distracted from involvement with her local pantomime by her friend Harry, who asks her to help a friend of his who has been receiving threatening letters. At first she believes it to be a simple case of prejudice, but soon Libby uncovers links to particularly nasty crimes in the past, revelations that have catastrophic results.


Murder in the Green

The sixth in the Libby Sarjeant series sees Libby and her friend Fran involved in the strange rituals of the local Morris Men, when one of them is found dead on May Day and another seems to have vanished into thin air. Libby goes out of her comfort zone as far as Cornwall in search of the solution, which, in the end, is found much closer to home, turning out to be the most unpleasant case she has dealt with yet.


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Murder in Bloom


'Floundering in the footsteps of a deliberately downplayed police enquiry, Libby manages to stir up more mud than the rotavator'. When television personality Lewis Osbourne-Walker buys Creekmarsh Place, near Steeple Martin in Kent, Libby Sarjeant's son Adam is employed to help with the renovation of the garden. What he doesn't expect is to uncover a long buried corpse. Libby, naturally, wants to know more about it, but the police aren't going to tell her, and with her friend Fran's mind on other things, she has to go it alone, with interesting and possibly catastrophic results.


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Murder at the Laurels

Could it have been murder? When old Eeanor Bridges dies on her birthday at The Laurels nursing home, no-one except her niece, Fran Castle, suspects anything. But when the will goes missing, and Fran s newly discovered relatives appear to be doing everything in their power to obstruct investigations, she enlists the help of her friend Libby Sarjeant. Together, they uncover sinister events in the past, greed and elements of witchcraft, all of which provide a multiplicity of motives, and it isn t until a second body is discovered that the murderer is unmasked.

Murder in Midwinter


The third in the "Libby Sarjeant" series sees Fran consulted by Bella Morleigh, who has been left a derelict seaside theatre by an unknown relative. Bella wants to know more about her family, particularly when a body is found in the theatre, and despite being deep in pantomime rehearsals at The Oast House Theatre, Libby and Fran are soon involved in another murder investigation.


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Murder in Steeple Martin


Artist Libby Sarjeant's fresh start in a picturesque Kent village includes an exciting new venture - the Oast House Theatre. She never expects it to include a new romance in the form of Ben, but who's complaining? She just isn't expecting ingredients three, four and five: mystery, intrigue, and the shadow of old murder...' First in a new series - watch out for more murder mysteries featuring middle aged actress come investigator, Libby Sarjeant.


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Murder at Mallowan Manor

It may be Christmas, but for Libby Sarjeant the mysteries don’t take a seasonal sabbatical …Lesley Cookman returns with another instalment of the best-selling Steeple Martin series


It's the run-up to Christmas, Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran have been invited to stay at grand old Mallowan Manor to investigate some mysterious rumours which are preventing the owner from selling up. A weird cast of characters, including an ageing actress and an enigmatic butler, makes Libby feel like she's ended up in an Agatha Christie plot …



Murder On The Run

The world of running is completely alien to Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe, but when Libby's son Adam and Fran's stepdaughter Sophie join the Nethergate Harriers, they have to take an interest. And when one of the runners goes missing in the middle of the Nethergate 5K, they take more than an interest! It's not long before a body is found - and Libby and Fran are caught up in another investigation...The seventeenth instalment in the hugely popular Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series.



Murder By The Barrel

When the sleepy village of Steeple Martin announces its first beer festival, the locals are excited. Beer, sun and music, what could possibly go wrong?


But when an unexpected death shakes the village, it s up to Libby Sarjeant to solve the puzzle.


Was it just another rock star death or is there something more sinister afoot?


The eighteenth book in a popular series of cosy crime novels by bestselling author Lesley Cookman - the stories feautre actress and amateur sleuth Libby Sarjeant.



Murder Repeated

Ten years ago, an unfortunately none-too-rare story causes a furore in Kent, and indeed, the national media. A beautiful young woman with a promising career as a singer walks home alone from a party and is never seen again. There is no evidence, forensic or otherwise, and no-one is ever arrested.


Ten years later, Libby Sarjeant is talked into inspecting a derelict hotel in her home village of Steeple Martin. The body of a young boy is discovered - but is it anything to do with the mysterious disappearance from over a decade ago?


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