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  • intriguing mystery

    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 perhaps not having read the previous books had a bearing on my opinion. I'm sure the fans of this series will enjoy the next instalment. With thanks to #NetGalley, Boldwood Books and the author for my free advanced reader copy to review in exchange for an honest opinion.

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  • Interesting characters!

    pets, family-dynamics, friendship, threats, murder, murder-investigation, England, amateur-sleuth, cosy-mystery 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 locally 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 mystifies enough to hire Max to help. Lots of family issues when they'd rather just be seeing to their wedding, but the murderer wasn't done yet. Good sleuthing and interesting characters backed up by some lovely dogs. I enjoyed it very much! I requested and received a free ebook from Boldwood Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • A Thoroughly Good Read!

    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 things and quickly - can the local history society point them in the right direction? This is my first novel in this series, and it certainly won't be the last as this kind of mystery is right up my street. A wide range of characters and plentiful suspects, it takes a bit of brain work to uncover the guilty. Along with the investigation, there is lots of other stuff going on and it all adds up to a very enjoyable read. The author has the balance just right with the range of residents of all differing personalities and - it won't surprise anyone to know - I adored the animals too. As with all the best enigmas, it's all plausible which just adds to the story. A thoroughly good novel, recommended to lovers of a good murder mystery and one I'm happy to give 4.5*.

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  • Secrets, Murder and Romance...Fun Read!

    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 discover clues which lead them down twisty paths. Both are parents to grown children with problems of their own as well so there is no shortage of subplots and family drama. While reading this fun book I had an insatiable chocolate craving! I like that the protagonists are middle aged and have life experience. Cozy mystery readers, reach for this book along with slabs of cake...you'll want both! My sincere thank you to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this delightful book in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated.

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  • A Real Treat

    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 advise him that she has been receiving similar unpleasant messages, he agrees to meet her in the woods. Whilst there, his sheepdog and springer spaniel unearth a body... My first read of this series, I dived in headfirst and found I really enjoyed this novel. Frances Evesham has drawn a great character in baker and chocolatier, Libby Forest and I also liked her sidekick and fiance, Max. Libby and Max have a great working relationship and I enjoyed their romantic interludes also. The plot was well thought-out and there were multiple suspects to home in on to satisfy my armchair detective propensities. I was pleased to meet other villagers and discover their personality traits and life stories. The several twists and turns threw me off-course as I tried to figure out the culprit's identity, alongside Libby and Max. With the vivid, credible characters and drama-filled relationships Murder at the Gorge was a compelling and sweet (though certainly not too sugary in spite of all the chocolatey-ness and scrummy cakes) cosy mystery that totally captured my attention once I had started reading, and I didn't want to put it down. Enthralled right until the end, I can't wait to see what treats might be in store in book eight. A gripping read that really worked well as a standalone, it has definitely whetted my appetite for catching up with the earlier instalments in the series. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Boldwood Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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