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Murder in Midwinter - A Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery #3 Kindle Edition

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Series: A Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery (Book 3)

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  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (December 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C2AK0I
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacqui on August 18, 2012
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I have become hooked on the Lesley Cookman novels which revolve around her amateur village sleuths, Libby and Fran. Set in Kent, I love the quaint English village setting and the growing circle of characters that are part of Libby's life. Its appeal is similar to the popular British television series, Heartbeat. You can't beat that combination of beautiful setting, eccentric characters and the sense of living in a village where warmth and supportiveness dominate. I have now downloaded 8 books in the series. To get the most out of these stories, you need to read them sequentially. Murder in Midwinter continues the pattern of becoming involved in other people's lives, in this case the seemingly brow beaten housewife, Bella. This story has lots of comic twists and turns, and the ending definitely took me by surprise. Despite Libby's irritatingly pushy nature, these sleuths grow on you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg M on March 19, 2014
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If only villages (& villlagers) were like this one (and these ones) -- minus the crimes, of course.
This is another story about our two heroines and their entourage, their personal lives and friends -- with a mystery thrown in for good measure. Interestingly, while these books are subtitled "Libby Sarjeant series", they are as much about L Sarjeant's ("with a j") friend Fran as they are about Libby. Indeed, this particular episode is more about Fran than Libby... Truth be told, Fran's persona is portrayed in a somewhat conflicting manner, on the one hand mature and managing her life, fortunes and most people around her very well, yet on the other hand, acting like a thwarted adolescent with her suitor(s). The mystery in itself is nicely thought out and developed, despite a slight let-down at the moment of denouement -- but even so. it is nearly there and with a little extra crafty writing, we will be getting the full effect of intended surprise.

Overall, this series is more about our two middle-aged women living in an English countryside - as it is a series of whodunnits, and IMO the human interest trumps the mystery because ultimately the characters are endearing and the yarn is spun interestingly enough to keep one going; the mysteries give that much extra spice to the stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ursula Miller on January 16, 2014
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Having received a "free" kindle copy of one of the Libby Sarjeant mysteries and finding that I thoroughly enjoyed it, I have since read several more available in Kindle editions. Cookman is an accomplished writer of the genre whose descriptions of place and culture transport the reader directly to England. Her characters are well developed and engaging. The mysteries, themselves are interesting and well-thought out, solveable by the amateur, but not too easy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jaimilyn on October 19, 2012
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Copied from my review of the first book in the series "Murder at Steeple Martin" - but I read all 10 books in a row, so in my head they're more like one long story.

If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, this is a great series to pick up - especially on their current sale price! I read the entire series straight through, and for the most part really enjoyed it. I'm a fan of English murder mysteries (recently discovered "Midsomer Mysteries" on TV and have been in heaven), and this is a great contribution to the genre.

The characters were relatable, dimensioned, and the heroines try their best to avoid Nancy Drew (or Miss Marple on that side of the pond) syndrome - their insistence that people should go talk to the police because they'll get there first anyway. Very refreshing :)

I hope there are more books coming!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 7, 2013
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Cookman's clever mysteries are cozy and her main characters, such as Libby and Fran, quickly grow on you. There is also a continuing stream of secondary characters that are recalled just often enough to keep your interest in their doings alive and inquiring.
Always an entertaining read, you can't go wrong with Cookman's enthralling tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather B. James on March 27, 2014
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Having read 10 of the 12, taking place on England, small cars, smaller roads, finding murders in to try and solve, with best friend Fran, who has a blossoming paranormal talent, these are enjoyable, while keeping you ensconced on Oceanside England. I liked these.
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By Believer on September 17, 2014
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In "Murder in Midwinter" the third of the Libby Sarjeant murder mysteries, the village sleuth of Steeple Martin and her friend Fran Castle, a reluctant psychic have been asked to look into any connection between the death of Laurence Cooper found murdered in a derelict theatre and its owner Bella Morleigh . With Christmas festivities on the horizon, Libby's friends' Civil Partnership ceremony , Fran's move to her new home in Nethergate, and a pantomime production in rehearsal the women have little time to spare until the sister of the deceased is found murdered.

Skilfully Lesley Cookman has set the stage in Steeple Martin, a small village where the residents seem like one big family. Not only are many of the main characters involved in the theatre production, but congregate at the Pink Geranium to eat, drink and discuss any clues uncovered. With a map of Steeple Martin and a list of characters the reader can't help but feel at home in this artsy village.

The plot includes not only murder, an abusive marriage and a stolen necklace but baffling connections to a rundown seaside theatre and a well-known hotel. In captivating twists and turns the list of suspects slowly dwindles until logically-minded Libby and insightful Fran finally put the pieces of the puzzle together in a startling conclusion.The story is mesmerizing with its twists and turns and love interests, especially Fran's who's dating one man and attracted to another.

The characters like the plot are well-developed, realistic and personable especially the Miss Marple of Steeple Martin, Libby Sarjeant who's down-to earth, intuitive and very nosey. Her friend Fran Castle who's not as outgoing and insecure about finding love in her middle-age has a sharp mind and instinctive powers of reasoning.
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