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Published by Hawkesbury Press, 3 April
2017. ISBN: 978-1-911223-13-9 (PB)
Ever since she
left university, Sophie Sayers has been following her boyfriend, Damian, around
Europe, while he takes his small acting company on tour and Sophie works as a
teacher to subsidise him and several of his free-loading friends. Damian is
handsome but self-centred and it has taken Sophie some time to realise that he
is destroying her self-esteem and quashing her ambition to write. When Sophie’s
Great Aunt May dies and leaves her a cottage in Wendlebury, a small Cotswold
village, Sophie decides to move in and build a new life for herself.
The cottage is delightful,
and the village welcomes Sophie for her great aunt’s sake. May had been a
successful travel writer and Sophie hopes that she will be able to produce some
good writing of her own, although she often feels sad and guilty that she had
neglected May in the last few years. She gets a job in her local bookshop,
Hector’s House, which is owned and run by the enigmatic Hector Munro; is
welcomed by her elderly neighbour, Joshua, and finds herself involved with the
local creative writing group and the village show. Before Sophie leaves Damien
he made some spiteful remarks about the malice of English villages and how
Sophie will find herself murdered in her bed. Unfortunately, she is extremely impressionable,
and this causes her to see dangerous criminals all around her.
Sophie has helped
with arrangements for the village show and is annoyed when a prankster spoils
things for some of the competitors on the floats that parade through the
village to the show-ground. Soon matters move from malicious pranks to murder,
when one of the amateur actors on the drama club’s float is discovered dead. Of
course, Sophie cannot resist investigating, and discovers just how dangerous a
small village can be when there is a murderer on the loose.
Best Murder in Show is the first of the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries.
It is very much a cosy crime book, with an engaging heroine, an enigmatic
secretive hero, and a cast of eccentric but mainly lovable characters peopling
the village. The plot is clever, with an unusual murder method and honestly
placed clues throughout the book. In this first book, the author has created a
delightful community that it will be a pleasure to return to. If you like your
crime cosy, with a touch of romance, you will enjoy this. An excellent holiday
read and perfect for the summer.
Young was born and raised in Sidcup, Kent. When she was 14,
her family relocated to Germany for her father’s job. Debbie spent four years
at Frankfurt International School, broadening her outlook as well as gaining
the then brand new IB (International Baccalaureate). She returned to the UK to
earn her BA (Hons) in English and Related Literature at the University of York,
then lived and worked for a while in London and the West of England as a
journalist and PR consultant.In 1991
she moved to the Cotswolds. In 2002, she married a Scot named Gordon whom she
met in Swindon – and not, as village rumour once had it, a Swede named
Scottie.In 2003, her daughter Laura was
born. Best Murder in Show was the first
in her series featuring Sophie Sayers. There are now a further three books in
Carol Westronis a successful
short story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime novels are
set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats the first in her Scene of Crimes
novels, was published July 2013. Carol recently gave an interview to Mystery
People. To read the interview click on the link below.