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Murder by Magic (Libby Sarjeant #10)

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The tenth book in the Libby Sarjeant series of British murder mysteries which feature a retired actress as the female sleuth and are based in the picturesque village of Steeple Martin.
ebook, 283 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Cheever Publishing (first published May 31st 2012)
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Early on in the book I thought: "At last! Here's an author who has made me want to read her other books! I *love* this! You mean - there are more? This is actually a series? Hooray!" and compared it to some Agatha Christies. After all, at least it is set in a small English village, with a non-police female sleuth who always gets it right (although in this one, the police seem rather more awake and alert, and generally nicer and affable).

Later on in the book, I revised my view slightly, and made
Rating: 2.7
It is not that the book is badly written, it is that it too long for nothing. I did not find any of the characters engaging, and I was annoyed as they always sound ''startled, surprised, uncomfortable'' etc. even when they do not need it. I usually love cosy mysteries but this one was more boring (for me) than cosy. Also, it is annoying the way the author keeps referring to other books within this book.
But, I think I would have appreciated better if I was familiar with all the charact
Another adventure from a crafty mystery writer. Cookman just keeps moving her characters from one murder to next with ease and a bit of fun along the way. Lots of drinking keeps characters well oiled in move to solution. Series may be read out of order as each mystery stands on its own.
Maureen Vincent-Northam
One of the best things about a book series is getting to know, and revisiting, familiar characters. The Libby Sarjeant whodunits are no exception. Murder by Magic is the tenth in the series and, although I can’t claim to have read them all yet, Libby et al are already like old friends and the fictional village of Steeple Martin is a place I’m getting to know well.

When someone is found dead in the church, Alice, Libby’s acquaintance, asks her to investigate. With more suspicious deaths and the lo
I am really enjoying this series. I especially like that characters introduced in previous books show up and become involved in the next book. This book dealt with the use of black magic to harass a female vicar and two murders. Again, the characters and their reactions make the story. Even though Libby finds herself in trouble, I find that it's not the eye rolling "oh for heavens sake, why would she do that" action on her part. While she typically ignores the command to stay out of it, when the ...more
Another with a touch of black magic but nothing offensive. Great mystery can already anticipate another in series with characters and story only improving my delight with author.
The tenth book in the Libby Sarjeant series of British murder mysteries which feature a retired actress as the female sleuth and are based in the picturesque village of Steeple Martin.

Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe are asked to look into the sudden and unexplained death of a devoted churchgoer. The police appear to have lost interest, but the villagers are certain that their new lady vicar has something to do with it! But if it is murder, how was it done?

Could it be - magic?

The murdere
Tammy Kenney
A lot of characters that I couldn't keep track of. The author kept referring back to previous solved mysteries/books. Possibly I would have liked it more if I had read these other books, but not as a stand alone. Too many theories and side stories to follow that were unnecessary. In the end the murderer was exactly who I suspected from the very beginning.
Very enjoyable cosy crime - there were a lot of characters which at times made it very confusing but I suspect this is what comes of reading out of order. I have a feeling this series could become very addictive.
another fun book from Ms Cookman.
Mary Scott
A thoroughly good read.
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