Murder at the Cathedral (Exham on Sea Mysteries, #4) Frances Evesham #BookReview @FrancesEvesham

Cover: Murder at the Cathedral
(Exham on Sea Mysteries, #4)
by Frances Evesham

I purchased this book (mobi format).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

What if the police suspect your best friend of murder?

There’s a body in the cathedral library, among the priceless books chained to the shelves, and it seems Libby Forest’s friend, Angela, could be the killer.

The last thing female sleuth Libby needs is another investigation into a mysterious sudden death. There’s enough on her plate already. The fast-growing cake and chocolate business takes all her time, her apprentice has problems, and even Bear, Libby’s beloved dog, is determined to create havoc.

She’d like to leave detection to the police, but when her friend becomes the prime suspect Libby once more takes on the role of amateur sleuth and finds herself entangled with the respectable ladies of the local Knitters’ Guild, who plan to spring a surprise on the quiet cathedral city.

With a cast of indefatigable knitters, a lively Exham on Sea grapevine and a missing cat, the green fields, rolling hills, and sandy beaches of the West Country are a perfect setting for crime, intrigue and mystery, with a touch of mid-life romance.

If you love murder mysteries, cosy crime, dogs, craft and chocolate, you’ll enjoy this instalment in the fun series of whodunnits set in a small English seaside town in Somerset, full of quirky charm and eccentric inhabitants, with a female protagonist torn between independence and a new, enticing career as a private investigator.

Download the story now to follow the trail and discover the killer.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Cozy Craft & Hobby Mysteries
> Cozy Crafts & Hobbies Mystery
> Amateur Sleuths
Series: Exham on Sea Mysteries, #4
Length: 203 pages
Release date: 2017-02-10


His gaze fell on Libby. “Well, well.” He fingered his chin. “Fancy meeting you here, Mrs Forest. Often turn up, don’t you, when there’s a crime? I’ll be suspecting you’re behind the murder, if you’re not careful. Haha.” The laugh was unconvincing, the small black eyes sharp. “Trying to get one over on the police, I suppose.”

My Opinion

Libby’s business is blooming, leaving her not much time to sleuthing; she only steps in when her friend becomes a suspect.

With Murder at the Cathedral”, Frances Evesham has created a nicely woven suspense story with local flair and a touch of romance. The story comprises a broad variety of lovingly elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions to solve the murder cases. This book intensified my feeling of being home, an invisible inhabitant of Exham on Sea. I was as keen on solving the crimes as Libby herself. I had a great time reading Murder at the Cathedral” – 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, as well as Max 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:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (no details, mentions only)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent)

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.

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What about you?  What did you think about “Murder at the Cathedral”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Murder at the Cathedral” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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New Release

Dear friends and readers,
Enjoy Frances Evesham’s fourth story in the Exham on Sea series!

Frances Evesham Mystery Writer

Murder at the Cathedral


The respectable ladies of the Knitters’ Guild plan a surprise for the cathedral city. The surprise isn’t meant to include murder…

Besides, the last thing Libby Forest needs is another murder inquiry. She’s already struggling with the demands of her cake and chocolate business and trying to understand Mandy the Goth’s strange behaviour. Max urges her to make a difficult decision and Bear, the enormous sheepdog, causes havoc in the gentle surroundings of the beautiful, tiny cathedral city.

Libby vows to resist the temptation to investigate a sudden death in the cathedral, until her friend Angela falls under suspicion…


Love murder mysteries, cosy crime, dogs, crafts and chocolate? You’ll enjoy this instalment in a fun series of mysteries, set in a small English seaside town in Somerset, full of quirky charm and eccentric inhabitants, with a female protagonist torn between her independence and a…

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