Murder at the Lighthouse (Exham on Sea Mysteries, #1) by Frances Evesham



The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Love cosy crime? Feed your little grey cells on Murder at the Lighthouse, a short culinary mystery set in a small seaside town in Somerset.

Everyone knows the dead woman under the lighthouse, but no one seems to know why she died. What brought the folk-rock star back to Exham on Sea after so many years? Who wanted her dead? Did the key to her murder lie in the town, or far away across the Atlantic?

Libby Forest arrives on the coast after years in a disastrous marriage, determined to build a new life making cakes and chocolates in Exham on Sea. She finds the body and discovers her own talent for solving mysteries, helped by Bear, an enormous Carpathian Sheepdog, and Fuzzy, an aloof marmalade cat. Libby joins forces with secretive Max Ramshore and risks the wrath of the townspeople as she puts together the pieces of the jigsaw to solve the mystery of Susie Bennett’s death.

Buy Murder at the Lighthouse now, pit your wits against Exham’s female sleuth and solve the mystery.

The first short read in the series, set in the coastal resort of Exham on Sea, Murder at the Lighthouse introduces a cast of local characters, including Mandy the teenage Goth, Frank Wolf the baker at Wolf’s the Bread and Detective Sergeant Joe Ramshore, Max’s estranged son. The green fields, rolling hills and sandy beaches of the West Country provide the perfect setting for crime, intrigue and mystery.

For lovers of Agatha Christie novels, Midsomer Murders, lovable pets and cake, the series offers a continuing supply of quick crime stories to read in one sitting, as Libby solves a mixture of intriguing mysteries and uncovers the secrets of the small town’s past. Download the first in the series now. The second story is on its way…


Genre(s):  Mystery

Series:  Exham on Sea Cosy Crime Mysteries, #1

Length:  117 pages

Release Date:  2015-09-23



Samantha beamed, smug mouth curved in a complacent smile. “That’s right, Susie Bennett, the folk singer – or rock singer, was it?” She shrugged elegant, cashmere-clad shoulders. “The Susie Bennett who used to go to school with some of us.” She let her eyes rest on Libby, who was never at school with “us”. “The Chief Inspector says she committed suicide.”

Seriously? He’s already decided? Libby pressed her lips together and kept her thoughts to herself.


My Opinion

This book introduces Libby Forest and her cat Fuzzy. Walking a neighbour’s dog, she comes across a body near the lighthouse. Her inner sleuth tells her that there’s something fishy.

With Murder at the Lighthouse, Frances Evesham has created a nicely woven suspense story with local flair. The story comprises a broad variety of lovingly elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions to solve the murder case. I had a great time reading Murder at the Lighthouse – it is a very enjoyable read. I was drawn into the story right away, enjoying the Exham on Sea flair. Libby, Mandy, Fuzzy and Bear are likeable characters – I am looking forward to reading more about them and the mysteries they are going to face.

This is for you if you like shorter reads, female sleuths, cosy suspense, pets and seaside towns.

A suspenseful easy read in a series to watch out for.


In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful, light-hearted
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

I write and collect grandsons, 19th century trivia and stories of ancestors. I’m fascinated by the Victorians, especially the women in England, so complex and human, hiding longings, ambitions and repressed passions under society’s stifling conventions.

Cooking with a glass of wine in one hand and a bunch of chillies in the other, I devour books full of mystery, murder and adventure, their pages spattered with olive oil and scented with rosemary and garlic, their spines propped up on piles of lemons and oranges in the kitchen.

Writing the Thatcham Hall and Exham on Sea Mysteries leaves just enough time to enjoy bad jokes and puns, and wish I’d kept on with those piano lessons.

I love to tweet, about history, food, gardens, opera, ancient buildings, chocolate, wine and other nonsense. Come and follow me on Twitter.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Murder at the Lighthouse? Or – if you did not yet read Murder at the Lighthouse – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Murder at the Lighthouse was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂




6 thoughts on “Murder at the Lighthouse (Exham on Sea Mysteries, #1) by Frances Evesham

  1. From your description I can think of several people who might enjoy Murder at the Lighthouse. I’ll nudge them toward the book. Best of luck to you, Frances. Your bio paints a vivid picture. Love it!

    • I also know readers who would love this series, Sue. Some of them would certainly need a translated paperback, though.
      All the best, Frances. I’d be honoured to read more from this series!

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