Murder on the Tor (Exham on Sea Mysteries, #3) 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:  4.7  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

A silent child, a necklace of amber beads, and a body on Glastonbury Tor add up to more cosy crime in the third Exham on Sea Mystery.

Love small town murder mysteries, the English seaside, clever animals and cake? Don’t miss Murder on the Tor, as Libby digs deep into the past to solve a modern murder mystery in Somerset, helped by her Goth lodger, Mandy, a dog called Bear, and a disgruntled marmalade cat.

Can Libby find the murderer, resolve her feelings for fellow sleuth Max and learn the truth about her husband’s murky past?

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, #3

Length:  122 pages

Release Date:  2016-05-17



Libby remembered Bear. “Did you see my dog? A big, cuddly one. He’s up here, somewhere.” The girl smiled, showing tiny white teeth, and pointed up the hill to the tower. Libby screwed her eyes against the sun, but saw no sign of Bear. A finger of ice crept up her back. She shivered and turned to speak to the child, but the words froze on her tongue. The girl had disappeared.


My Opinion

When not creating fancy chocolates, Libby Forest loves to roam about with Bear; a strange encounter and a death at the Tor are just the beginning of another set of mysteries to be solved. In addition, there is still the matter of her late husband Trevor and his participation in fraud.

With Murder on the Tor, 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. This book intensified my feeling of being home, an invisible inhabitant of Exham on Sea. I was as keen on solving the open issues as Libby herself. I had a great time reading Murder on the Tor – 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 Full of surprises
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 Tor? Or – if you did not yet read Murder on the Tor – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





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