Title: Murder And The Glovemaker’s Son by Leslie Cookman
Publisher: Accent Press
Publication Date: 16th August 2018
A new title in the Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery series by bestselling author Lesley Cookman.
Set in the Kent village of Steeple Martin this series has a loyal following from around the globe.
The Oast Theatre in Steeple Martin is hosting a touring production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night which is attracting a lot of attention. But very soon it begins to attract attention of an entirely different kind, when a document goes missing along with its owner.
When a body turns up, Libby Sarjeant and Fran Wolfe become involved with the investigation with the help, naturally, of their friends and relatives.
A tour of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night has arrived in the village of Steeple Martin after a letter was uncovered claiming that Shakespeare had toured with his company there. The letter is soon debunked as a fake and the letter and the owner disappear. The owner is soon found dead but the letter is missing. Another body is found with links to the touring Shakespeare company. Can Libby Sarjeant and her friends get to the bottom of this mystery before anyone else turns up dead?
So this is the 19th book in the series, yes you read that right 19th, this has to be one of the longest running book series I’ve come across in years. I actually haven’t read any of the other books myself and I found there was a handy little glossary of regular characters in the front, which helped me to make sense of who was who etc.
This is a proper cosy mystery, you don’t see the body or have it described in detail, instead it really focuses on the puzzle of the case.
The characters really make this book. Libby is quite fierce and a little bossy but I feel like the characters around her bring out her nicer side.
The book contains a lot of historical facts which I found immensely interesting like Shakespeare being a spy for Queen Elizabeth which I didn’t know and now I want to find out more about!
I have to be honest, there is quite a large cast of characters which I felt slightly over shadowed the mystery and trying to keep them straight in my head was quite hard.
Overall I would recommend Murder And The Glovemaker’s Son to anyone who enjoys a good puzzling mystery.
Lesley started writing almost as soon as she could read, and filled many Woolworth’s exercise books with pony stories until she was old enough to go out with boys. Since she’s been grown up, following a varied career as a model, air stewardess, actor and disc jockey, she’s written short fiction and features for a variety of magazines, achieved an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, taught writing for both Kent Adult Education and the WEA and edited the first Sexy Shorts collection of short stories from Accent Press in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign. The Libby Sarjeant series is published by Accent Press, who also publish her book, How to Write a Pantomime, with a foreword by Roy Hudd. She is also the author of several pantomimes and a Music Hall musical, and more recently an Edwardian mystery series, The Alexandrians, also from Accent Press. She has also written romances under the name Rosina Lesley.
She has four grown up children, two cats and lives on the Kent coast of England.
Website – http://www.lesleycookman.co.uk/
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Twitter – @LesleyCookman