Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Murder on the Run by Lesley Cookman
Series: Libby Sarjeant #17
Release Date: December 1st and January 31st
Publisher: Accent Press
Genres: Cosy Crime

The world of running is completely alien to Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe, but when Libby’s son Adam and Fran’s stepdaughter Sophie join the Nethergate Harriers, they have to take an interest. And when one of the runners goes missing in the middle of the Nethergate 5K, they take more than an interest! It’s not long before a body is found – and Libby and Fran are caught up in another investigation…

The seventeenth instalment in the hugely popular Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series.

This is my first foray into the world of Libby Sarjeant and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Dubbed cozy crime genre this book reminded me of a hybrid of Midsomer Murders and Ms Marple mysteries. Libby Sarjeant it seems always finds herself embroiled in local mysteries. When her son and his girlfriend enter a local run, Libby doesn't imagine that it would lead to her being at the centre of yet another crime when one of the runners from the local running group goes missing during the run. She appears to have disappeared into thin air! Libby and her friend Fran desperately try to stay out of the case but the locals all assume they are part of the investigation and very soon they find themselves at the centre of everything whether they want to be or not when the ones they love may now be in danger.

A great book to disappear into for a while and lose yourself in the characters and location. While its not necessary to have read the previous books in the series I think I would perhaps at some point like to go back and do that as given the host of characters it would be good just to see how these characters have developed over the series. Thankfully the author has provided a handy character list at the beginning of the book to help identify each character. I liked this book and enjoyed the surprises it threw in along the way. The story flows at just the right pace and Lesley Cookman has done a great job in writing characters with interesting back stories. I particularly liked Fran and her gift! Great book. Definitely worth a read and investing in the series. 

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Lesley Cookman is a former model, actor, DJ and air stewardess, among other things. She has been writing for money for nearly 40 years (no, I know she doesn’t look old enough), her particular areas of interest being Theatre, Old Time Music Hall and Pantomime. She lives on the Kent Coast and has four grown up Performing Children and two cats.


One Response so far.

  1. That's a lovely review - and the tour seems to be going great guns! Couldn't believe how many Twitter notifications there were this morning. Hope we can do it again - perhaps for Libby 18?

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