Murder at the Gorge
By Frances Evesham
Published by Boldwood Books
What it’s about?
joke? A prank? Or something more sinister?
When the Exham-on-Sea residents are targeted by anonymous emails containing apparently harmless nursery rhymes, no one knows whether to laugh or shudder until an unexplained death touches the town.
Libby Forest, baker, chocolatier and Exham’s very own resident private investigator, alongside her partner Max Ramshore, set out to solve the puzzle before more people die. But when Max’s ex-wife arrives on the scene, ahead of Max and Libby’s long-awaited nuptials, things go from bad to worse.
With the town and their relationship under threat, Max and Libby need the help of the Exham History Society if they’re going to find the nursery rhyme killer in time.
Murder at the Gorge is the seventh in a series of Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries set at the small English seaside town full of quirky characters, sea air, and gossip.
If you love Agatha Christie-style mysteries, cosy crime, clever dogs and cake, then you’ll love these intriguing whodunnits.
What I think:
As thebweather gets colder and the nights get darker, there’s nothing nicer than snuggling under a blanket with a cosy mystery.
Murder at the Gorge is the seventh in the Exham-on-Sea murder mystery series set in Somerset. Shockingly this is the first one I have read.
The writer has created a whole world of characters, businesses and friendships so the read really feels like part of the seaside village.
It’s a busy time in Exham. Christmas is coming, Libby and Max are about to get married, and the new cafe is set to open.
But the real gossip in town is a series of nursery rhyme poison pen letters. Baa baa black sheep, humpty dumpy and the Queen of Hearts set tongues wagging. It all seems like an amusing joke and there’s a lot of speculation about who has sent them and who might be next.
And then, while walking the dogs, Max finds a body buried in the woods.
This is a fast-paced mystery. Events and investigations move quickly with different threads of the story coming together to a complex and satisfying resolution.
I love the relationship between the main characters. Their relationship with each other and their families feels really relatable. They worry about each other, what to cook for dinner and the tone of text messages. They are getting to know each others adult children and becoming a family.
I really enjoyed this book and think the rest of the series are going to make perfect cosy reading this winter.
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About the writer:
Frances Evesham is the author of the hugely successful Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries set in her home county of Somerset.
In her spare time, she collects poison recipes and other ways of dispatching her unfortunate victims. She likes to cook with a glass of wine in one hand and a bunch of chillies in the other, her head full of murder―fictional only.
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