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Murder at the Gorge

(Exham on Sea Mysteries #7)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,081 ratings  ·  82 reviews
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Published November 17th 2020
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Claire A lot of the action takes place on and around the Clifton Suspension Bridge - the main characters don't live far away from it :-)…moreA lot of the action takes place on and around the Clifton Suspension Bridge - the main characters don't live far away from it :-)(less)
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Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm really glad to have discovered this lovely series of mysteries. While it can certainly be read as a standalone ( I really admire the way Frances Evesham put all the background knowledge to make a newcomer feel completely at home in Exham-on-Sea), I am going to go back and read the first six books.
Libby Forest and Max Ramshore are preparing for their wedding, while two seemingly unconnected things happen. Max's ex-wife, a blast from the past, calls him and asks for his help. She has been gett
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder at the Gorge is the seventh instalment in the Exham-on-Sea Cosy Crime Mysteries series, featuring widowed chocolatier and cake baker Libby Forest and her other half and partner in crime former banker turned cyber crime investigator, Max Ramshore. Private Investigators Max and Libby are preparing to finally get married, and Libby is rushed off her feet trying to make plans for the small wedding ceremony. She attends a local History Society meeting that takes place at cafe owner Angela’s la ...more
Murder at the Gorge is the seventh instalment in the Exham-on-Sea Mysteries series. The story starts well and I was intrigued even before I had swiped my e-reader to take me to the second page. In this episode, Libby Forest's PI services are required when sinister nursery rhymes are being sent anonymously to Exham-on-Sea residents. When the ex-wife of Libby's fiancé, Stella, emails Max Ramshore, who is also Libby's partner-in-crime and a former banker turned cybercrime investigator, to advis ...more
Jul 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
A good mystery with the lead up to a wedding as well.
Barbara Rogers
Sep 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Barbara’s Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Series: Exham On Sea Mysteries #7
Publication Date: 11/17/20
Period: Contemporary – Exham on Sea, UK
Number of Pages: 256

This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first. The first book I read, Murder At the Lighthouse, was also the first book in the series and I was delighted to see how much the characters and relationships had grown between the first book and this one. The mystery is well-plotted and there are lots of red h
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Forest and Ramshore are detectives extraodinaire. Libby asks questions and Max is an internet whiz. Between the two of them they have been successful in solving crimes. In fact, the local police department considers them a good resource.

Now, it is right before their winter wedding. This is a second marriage for both of them. There are adult children, back stories and suddenly, Max’s ex-wife, Stella, appears. She is in need of his help.

This is a well done mystery. With each new clue, there seems
Carol Evans
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Murder at the Gorge is number seven in the series, but the first I’ve read. It worked well as a stand-alone, but I feel like I might have been more invested in the relationship between Max and Libby and their wedding preparations if I had read the series from the beginning. Max Ramshore, a former financial advisor, and his fiancée Libby Forest, a baker and chocolate maker, have formed a private investigation agency and are sometimes called upon by the police to assist in local inquiries. They me ...more
Nadishka Aloysius
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had not read the previous books in the series but I had no trouble following the story. Actually, this was so good I will probably go back and read the others as well!
The story begins with Libby and Max planning their wedding. The lead up to their nuptials though is marred with a mystery when two people are killed and many residents in the village (including Max and Libby) receive weird emails. Things escalate when Libby is kidnapped just before her wedding. Of course, everything ends well an
Libby Forest, (baker, chocolatier) and her soon to be second husband Max Ramshore (professional internet sleuth) are up to their necks in the latest murder and weirdness. Some nutter is targeting some people both locals and some related to locals (like Max's less than delightful ex wife) with emails of personalized nursery rhymes. The first murder victim apparently didn't get her email until after her death, and the police are mystified enough to hire Max to help. Lots of family issues when they ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the seventh book in the Exham-on-Sea murder mystery series by Frances Evesham.

I felt like this was a cross between a police procedural and a cozy mystery. Probably more of the latter than the former. The couple is great at solving crimes that even the police call on them for help now and then. Right before the two are to be hitched, Max’s ex-wife shows up after she is being threatened through her email account. Max fails to tell Libby about it and it sets up a perfect storm that
Rating 4.5/5*

How have I missed reading the other books by this talented author?!?!? This is the seventh book in this series but the first one that I’ve read and I really need to read the others now!

It is set in the delightful small community of Exham-On-Sea in Somerset where Libby Forest and her soon-to-be husband Max Ramshore live. As their wedding approaches family – and his ex-wife – together with a murder and mysterious, anonymous nursery rhyme emails to a variety of residents leave everyone
Jan 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2022
My favourite cozy mystery series and I'm happy when a new book arrives! Libby, Max, Mandy, the dogs, chocolates, set in the village of Exham on Sea, what more is there to wish for? A murder happens and villagers get mysterious riddles via e-mail. Besides wondering who's behind it, the question that kept me reading was, will Libby and Max get married, or will something come in between?

2022 Books #9
Jade Drain
Mar 08, 2022 rated it liked it
To start I wasn’t sure about the book wasn’t that gripped. It was only the last few chapters that had me wanting to finish it. Last few chapters were good but otherwise book felt a bit repetitive
Karren Hodgkins
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Having read a book by this author and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was really looking forward to reading Murder at the Gorge. And yet I just couldn't really get into it.

I'm sure there will be readers who appreciate the build up to the wedding, the baggage of the middle aged couple and the back story of some of the family members but, for me, it detracted from the murder mystery. The mystery itself was quite intriguing with some lovely red herrings!

I know this is the seventh in the series and perhap
Dana Cowen
Jul 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
Easy read went fast!!!!
MURDER AT THE GORGE, book #7 in Exham on Sea Mystery series by Frances Evesham. I listened to the audio version nicely read by Charlotte Strevens.

MY RATING GUIDE: 3.5 Stars. I enjoyed it. This was an easy, comfortable listen. A Clean mystery.
1= dnf/What was that?; 2= Nope, not for me; 3= This was okay/cute; 3.5= I ENJOYED THIS; 4= I liked it a lot; 5= I Loved it, it was great! (I seldom give 5 Stars).

MURDER AT THE GORGE is a Contemporary British/Cozy Murder Mystery set in the English seaside vi
Alyson Read
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is number seven in the series and the first of these I have read. It worked fine as a stand alone, although I have to say I am now eager to read more about all the previous cases that were mentioned. The story features Max Ramshore, a former financial advisor, and his fiancée Libby Forest, a baker and chocolate maker, who together have formed a private investigation agency and are often called upon by the police to assist in local enquiries, with a few notable cases under their belts alread ...more
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing another of Frances’ books called ‘A Village Murder’ a little while ago. I really enjoyed reading it so when I was invited to take part in the blog tour for ‘Murder At The Gorge’, I grabbed the chance with both hands. ‘Murder At The Gorge’ is actually the seventh book in the Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries series. I couldn’t wait to start reading and so I jumped straight in with both feet. Oh boy, ‘Murder At The Gorge’ is another fabulous read from France ...more
Dec 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Cosy crime fans will not want to miss Frances Evesham’s latest novel in her Exham-On-Sea series, Murder at the Gorge.

When the inhabitants of Exham-On-Sea start getting anonymous emails containing seemingly harmless nursery rhymes, the perplexed community do not know whether to dismiss them as a joke or whether there is something far more sinister going on. What could these nursery rhymes possibly mean? Why are they being sent to everybody around town? Initially everyone thinks that they are a ha
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the villagers in Exham receives a strange anonymous email with a nursery rhyme. A few days later, she is found dead — pushed from the Clifton Suspension Bridge (the bridge on the cover!). Meanwhile, Max's ex-wife has also received a nursery rhyme and some concerning photographs from a stalker. Libby and Max are amateur investigators and help the police with their enquiries. Can they figure out the identity of the Nursery Rhyme Killer before it's too late?

This is the first book in the Exha
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Some of the action in Murder at the Gorge takes place on the edge of Bristol, where Clifton Suspension Bridge soars over the Avon Gorge, connecting Clifton with North Somerset.” Right away, this is a plus for me. When I was in grad school, I did a summer intensive at the University of Bristol. On one of our outings, we crossed that bridge into Wales and explored Cardiff, Albervegenny, and other historic places. Not that I needed any more incentive than this is the latest Exham-On-Sea book by Fr ...more
Jul 09, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
It was okay-ish. I've read a book about Libby and Max before on my kindle, it must've been the first book. Libby and Max are amateur detectives, well maybe they are now bordering on semi-amateur. It's December and they are getting married just before Christmas and Max's scheming untrustworthy ex-wife has contacted him asking to meet. He does and she has been receiving messages and pictures of herself from behind on her phone. She is getting worried. Max then discovers a dead woman buried under s ...more
Lilly Condo
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder at the Gorge by Frances Eversham is 7th in her popular Exham-On-Sea Murder Mysteries series, which are set in her own county of Somerset.

This cozy mystery gives us plenty of surprise twists, an eclectic cast of characters, as well as, murder, naturally. It is also interwoven with the normal complications of family dynamic, the value of community, a look at the importance of an equal partnership in sleuthing, as well as, life. Throw in two dogs and a cat and you have the makings of a great
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Max and Libby are about to get married. Libby is a baker and choc0latier and working on opening a new cafe; Max used to be a banker; and they both are now detectives. Libby is at a Historical Society meeting and hears about Carys Evans getting a poison pen email with a nursery rhyme. Meanwhile, Max gets an email from his former wife, Stella, whom he hasn't heard from in years. She is worried because she is getting cyber crime emails. He goes to meet her in the woods by the gorge, and after talki ...more
Debbie Rozier
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a mystery set in Exham-on-the Sea where Max and Libby are investigative partners and are also getting ready to get married. Max is called by his ex-wife, Stella, to meet as she is getting weird emails. Max’s dogs finds a body after their meeting. At the same time Libby is at the local Historical Society meeting and one of the members tells about a resident, Carys, that received a very weird nursery rhyme email. I’ll give you one guess whose body Max found.
Other residents start getting anonymous
Grace J Reviewerlady
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Packed with everything that makes a good murder mystery!

When several locals receive emails containing nursery rhymes everyone assumes it's a joke, but when one of the recipients is found dead it takes on a more sinister slant. Libby and Max are called upon to find out what it's all about but, with their wedding drawing ever closer, they could have done without the re-appearance of Max's ex-wife. With things becoming fraught between them, the pair of investigators need to get to the bottom of thi
Christie72 (Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews)
Well-written and delightful cozy mystery/romance!

Libby has a lot going on….the new cafe she is a part of is opening, and most importantly, she is gearing up to marry her partner, Max, in the next few weeks. And, Christmas is right around the corner too. So, the last thing she and Max need to be involved in is a murder mystery, but that is exactly what they get!

Several of the citizens have received emails from an unknown source that are nursery rhymes. At first, they seem to be harmless until Ma
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
How do deceit, murder, secrets, nursery rhymes and romance all wrapped up together sound? Add dogs and scrumptious baking and chocolates for extra sweetness.

This, the seventh in the Exham-on-Sea Murder Mystery series features Libby, middle-aged baker, chocolatier and investigator and her fiancé, Max, an internet investigator.

Secrets have a sneaky way of coming out at times and in this book are revealed through nursery rhymes, the internet and murder. Libby and Max have their hands full as they
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
When the Exham-on-Sea residents are targeted by anonymous emails containing apparently harmless nursery rhymes, no one knows whether to laugh or shudder until an unexplained death touches the town. Libby Forest, baker, chocolatier and Exham’s very own resident private investigator, alongside her partner Max Ramshore, set out to solve the puzzle before more people die. But when Max’s ex-wife arrives on the scene, ahead of Max and Libby's long-awaited nuptials, things go from bad to worse. With th ...more
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Murder at the Gorge" is an excellent ending to this brilliant series. I fell in love with Libby, Max, Bear and Shipley, and the fictional town of Exham-on-Sea. I've never been to this part of Somerset but now, inspired by this wonderful series, I can't wait to go and enjoy the beauties of Dunster Castle, Minehead, Watchet, and everything else the area has to offer.
In the final instalment of the Exham-on-Sea Mysteries, Libby and Max tackle another case - one that hits dangerously close to home
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