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Published by Hawkesbury Press, 6 November 2017. ISBN:
Sayers has been living in the Cotswold village of Wendlebury Barrow for six
months and is beginning feel part of the village community. Every day she feels
grateful that she decided to leave her dominating and selfish boyfriend,
Damian, and live in the cottage left to her by her Great-Aunt May. Now Sophie
has a job she loves in the village bookshop, Hector’s House, and a new boyfriend,
Hector, the bookshop owner. Hector has encouraged Sophie’s dream of becoming a
writer. Sophie has joined the Wendlebury Writing Group and, as her confidence
has grown, she has initiated a joint venture between the local drama group and
the school to produce a Nativity play. What is more, Sophie has written the
play, with parts especially tailored to the various village personalities.
Sophie has made many friends, including
the warm-hearted, bubbly Carol, who owns and runs the village shop, and she is
surprised to hear that Carol doesn’t not like Christmas, until Hector explains
that a foolish and traumatic event when Carol was a teenager had destroyed her
pleasure in celebrating Christmas. Despite her ebullience, Carol is a lonely
woman who is desperate for somebody to love and cherish.
Sophie is horrified when, returning
from a night spent with Hector, she finds a white van parked outside her
cottage. Her first hopes that this is a tradesman calling upon her elderly
neighbour, Joshua, are swiftly dashed when she sees that the van has ‘Damian
Drammaticus’ emblazoned on the side. Damian, her ex-boyfriend, has decided to
reinsert himself into her life. Sophie has to fight hard to retain her
newly-found confidence and not allow Damian to dominate her, especially when he
announces that he is in Wendlebury to direct the Nativity Play. Even when he
discovers that this is an unpaid position he decides to stay, and, when Sophie
refuses to allow him to move into her cottage, he takes lodgings with Carol.
Sophie is afraid that her relationship
with Hector and her first attempt to write a play are both going to be
endangered by Damian’s unwanted return to her life, but although she is very
good at envisioning troubles that don’t exist, even in her wildest nightmares she
had not imagined that the performance of the Nativity would be disrupted by a
hysterical woman screaming that somebody had stolen her baby from the manger.
Murder in the Manger is
the third book in the series featuring Sophie Sayers. It is the cosiest of cosy
crime books, packed with eccentric and lovable characters and details of life
in a country village. It is a delightful, easy to read book with plenty of
gentle humour. A perfect Christmas read to relax with.
Reviewer: Carol Westron
Debbie 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.