Murder Out of Tune
Murder Out of Tune – A Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery
by Lesley Cookman
• Cozy Mystery – 270 pages
• Publisher: Accent Press (September 30, 2014)
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…
What I Thought:
I really liked the setting of this book, as I love reading about the English countryside. This is a book that is filled with quirky characters who dialogue had me laughing at times. I sometimes found myself drifting, though, while I was reading this book, but it turned out okay. I wasn't aware some many people were interested in playing the ukulele. This was the first Libby Sarjeant book that I have experienced, but I may visit her again.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
About This Author
A former actor, model and freelance journalist, Lesley Cookman lives on the Kent coast in the UK, has four musicians as children, two small grandchildren and two cats, Lady Godiva and Gloria. All 14 of her Libby Sarjeant books have reached number one in their genre charts on Amazon UK.
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First of all, thank you for asking me to be a guest on your blog. I’m a British author, and I write very English cosy mysteries, the genre which I was told for years was dead in the water. However, I became aware (this is before widespread internet) that there were quite a lot being published on the other side of the Atlantic. Luckily, my publisher approached me and bought the first book in the Libby Sarjeant series when it was only a couple of chapters long. It was the incentive I needed to finish the book, especially when she said she wanted a series.
I had written for money for thirty years, as a free lance journalist and script writer, and I found having to complete a book on spec soul destroying. So off we went with Murder In Steeple Martin, in print only, of course. It was a few years before widespread ebooks.
Subsequently, Libby has taken over my life. I write two books a year, and last year, I also wrote two short stories, one for inclusion in an anthology and the other a stand-alone for Christmas, Murder At Mallowan Manor.
I am always thinking of new series to write – my children want me to write a 1960s set series and my preference is for the 1930s. I’d certainly be glad to hear what other people think. 1930s English country town, think Mapp and Lucia with murders!
Once again, thank you for having me, and I do hope you enjoy the books.