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Murder in Midwinter - A Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery (Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery Series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Lesley Cookman
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New edition of the bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series that includes a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter from the next title in the series.
Kent village sleuth Libby Sarjeant and her psychic investigator friend Fran Castle befriend Bella Morleigh, who has inherited a derelict theatre. When an unknown body is discovered inside the theatre, they feel duty bound to help with the investigation.
Although Libby is rather distracted by the preparations for her friends’ Civil Partnership ceremony, she’s getting the hang of using a computer to dig for information. However, when a second body is found it is one of Fran’s psychic moments that makes the connection between the deaths; a connection with startling results.

Product Details

  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (December 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C2AK0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lesley does it again! August 18, 2012
By Jacqui
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reading this was murder. September 24, 2012
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This is a dreadful book in every regard. The writing is poor, the characters are not at all compelling. The grammar & typos are excruciating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars british murders and a bumbling duo 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 Greg M
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cozy and enjoyable 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Purchase January 12, 2014
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We received what we expected with this purchase. Appreciate the detailed description. There is nothing unusual to report. Would buy again if needed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will pull you in ~ 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Midwinter
I always enjoy the characterizations and portrayal of local customs. I have visited the area and can visualize the scenes of the village and surrounding area. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Patricia Frick
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent mystery in British setting.
This is the second mystery in the series that I have read. They have their faults, but the two middle aged female leads have an interesting relationship to each others and to the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by drkhimxz
4.0 out of 5 stars Another nifty Libby Sarjeant tale
You know, I normally shy away from stories with psychic aspects to them but for some reason, Fran's gift of seeing does not disturb me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Mattoon
3.0 out of 5 stars fun but not amazing
more about the characters than the mystery, which is ok. Good if you are a fan of cozy mysteries and middle aged British small talk.
Published 15 months ago by jenerosity
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Midwinter
This was the first Libby Sarjeant novel I'd read. I found the cultural informationa and the characters to be captivating, even though the plot gets a little over-the-top with... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Deborah Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars another good read
Libby and her friends are at it again and the long suffering men folk are again left to worry. entertaining
Published 15 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted
Lesley Cookman writes an interested book with not a lot of unnecessary gore about how the victim was murdered. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Yvonne
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable reading
Having already read one Libby Sarjeant mystery I enjoyed meeting the same characters again. I felt I knew them all.
Published 16 months ago by junebug
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