Murder on the Levels (Exham on Sea Mysteries, #2) 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:  4.8  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Love cosy crime, murder mysteries, clever animals and chocolate? Don’t miss Murder on the Levels, the second Exham on Sea mystery, set in a seaside town in Somerset.

Two cyclists die on the Somerset Levels, and the Exham bakery gets the blame. Libby Forest runs into danger as she sets out to solve the mystery, save the bakery and rescue her career, helped by Bear, the enormous Carpathian Sheepdog, Fuzzy, an aloof marmalade cat and the handsome, secretive Max Ramshore.

Set in the coastal resort of Exham on Sea, Murder on the Levels features a cast of local characters, including Mandy the teenage Goth, her new boyfriend, Steve, Frank the baker 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 delicious food, the series offers a continuing supply of quick crime stories, each short enough to read in one sitting, as Libby solves a mixture of intriguing mysteries and uncovers the secrets of the past.


Genre(s):  Mystery

Series:  Exham on Sea Cosy Crime Mysteries, #2

Length:  125 pages

Release Date:  2016-02-03



“There’s been an accident. The cycling club, out on the Levels.”

That couldn’t be right. Everyone was fine when Libby left. “What sort of accident? A road crash?”

“Apparently not.”


My Opinion

Libby Forest still works at Frank’s bakery, creates fancy chocolates; life is good until two cyclists die from poisoning.

With Murder on the Levels, 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. With every book, I grow more fond of Libby and Exham; this time it already felt like coming home. I had a great time reading Murder on the Levels – 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, and the Midsomer Murders.

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

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Writing Great
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:

Amazon:  Frances Evesham
Amazon (UK):  buy link
Amazon (US):  buy link


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 on the Levels? Or – if you did not yet read Murder on the Levels – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





4 thoughts on “Murder on the Levels (Exham on Sea Mysteries, #2) by Frances Evesham

    • Thank you for writing this wonderful series, Frances. I am looking forward to reading much more about your Exham on Sea ‘friends’. 🙂

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