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Best Murder in Show (Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries Book 1)
A dead body on a carnival float at the village show.
A clear case of murder in plain sight, thinks new arrival Sophie Sayers – but why do none of the villagers agree?
What dark secrets are they hiding to prevent her unmasking the murderer, and who holds the key to the mystery?
– Hector, the gorgeous but enigmatic owner of the village bookshop
– Joshua, the intrusive yet insightful old man from next door
– Carol, village shopkeeper, the fount of village gossip, not all of it reliable
And what is that mysterious ingredient that almost knocks Sophie out when she takes tea at the village bookshop? (Not the best way to start a job interview.)
Can Sophie unearth the clues tucked away in this outwardly idyllic Cotswold village before anyone else comes to harm, not least herself?
For fans of classic cozy mysteries everywhere, Best Murder in Show will make you laugh out loud at the idiosyncrasies of English country life, and rack your brains to discover the murderer before Sophie can.
“A cracking example of cozy crime” – Katie Fforde, President of the Romantic Novelists Association and international bestseller
“Miss Marple meets Bridget Jones” – Belinda Pollard, author of the Wild Crimes
“The Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries are both cracking mysteries and laugh-out-loud funny. I can’t get enough of them and tell the whole world to buy them” – Wendy Jones, author of the DI Shona McKenzie mysteries
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Trick or Murder? (Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries Book 2)
As Halloween approaches in the Cotswold village of Wendlebury Barrow, Sophie Sayers, new to the village, is suspicious of the fierce new vicar and his ban on the villagers’ seasonal celebrations.
Especially when he plans to replace them with a traditional Guy Fawkes’ Night party, and invites everyone to bring a guy (scarecrow) to burn on his giant bonfire.
Sophie thinks the vicar’s not the only one with dark secrets to hide. What about her boss, the beguiling bookseller, Hector Munro? Whose body will be found outside his village bookshop? Not to mention the one secretly buried beneath the vicar’s bonfire…
Just as Sophie had been starting to feel at home in Wendlebury, she must call on all her inner resources and trust her instincts to save the day before anyone else can come to harm – and to get Hector back on her side.
For fans of cosy mysteries everywhere, Sophie’s second adventure will have you laughing out loud as you try to solve the mystery before she does, in the company of engaging new characters, as well as familiar favourites from “Best Murder in Show”.
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Murder in the Manger (Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries Book 3)
When Sophie Sayers’ plans for a cosy English country Christmas are interrupted by the arrival of her ex-boyfriend, her troubles are only just beginning. Before long, the whole village stands accused of murder.
Damian says he’s come to direct the village nativity play, but Sophie thinks he’s up to no good.
What are those noises coming from his van?
Who is the stranger lurking in the shadows?
And whose baby, abandoned in the manger, disappears in plain sight?
Enjoy the fun of a traditional Cotswold festive season, with echoes of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as Sophie seeks a happy ending for her latest village mystery – and for her new romance with charming local bookseller Hector Munro.
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Murder by the Book (Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries 4)
Sophie Sayers’ plans for a romantic Valentine’s night at the village pub didn’t include someone being shoved to their death down its ancient well.
But as no-one witnessed the crime, will it ever be solved in this close-knit English village where everyone knows each other – and half of them are also related?
It will be solved if Sophie Sayers has anything to do with it. But can she stop eager teenage sidekick Tommy Crowe unmasking her boyfriend Hector’s secret identity in the process, causing chaos to his precarious bookshop business?
A whole shoal of red herrings will keep you guessing as tempers flare and old feuds catch fire in the latest laugh-out-loud Sophie Sayers Village mystery about love, loyalty and family ties, set in the heart of the idyllic English Cotswolds. Idyllic unless you happen to be a murder victim…
Enjoy the company of all your old friends from Sophie’s earlier adventures, while meeting entertaining newcomers who will keep the others on their toes.
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Springtime for Murder (Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries Book 5)
When Bunny Carter, the old lady from the Manor House, is discovered in an open grave, Sophie Sayers is sure it’s a case of foul play. But when it comes to suspects, she’s spoiled for choice.
One of Bunny’s squabbling children from three different husbands?
Petunia Lot from the Cats Prevention charity, always angling for a legacy?
All these and more had motive and opportunity.
But which is to blame? And can Sophie and her boyfriend, village bookseller Hector Munro, stop them before they strike again?
A lively array of eccentrics joins the regular cast in this compelling story of family, friendship, love and loss.
While the story includes plenty of Debbie Young’s renowned wit and British humour, it’s also thoughtful and poignant, reflecting Sophie’s growing wisdom, self-reliance and skill as self-appointed amateur village sleuth.
The fifth in a series which spans a Cotswold village year from one summer to the next.
Springtime for Murder may also be read as a standalone novel.
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