Libby Sarjent

14 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 345 ratings

Murder in Steeple Martin Summary

Ex-actress Libby Sarjeant is producing and directing a play in her home village of Steeple Martin. She never expected her exciting new venture to lead to romance: and she certainly didn't expect mystery, intrigue, and murder. When a series of accidents culminates in murder being committed, Libby is compelled to find out if its roots are in the past or the more sordid present. A cast of local characters alternately helps and hinders her, including Fran the sceptical psychic and Sidney the guard cat.
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  • Book 1

    • Murder in Steeple Martin

    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Ex-actress Libby Sarjeant is producing and directing a play in her home village of Steeple Martin. She never expected her exciting new venture to lead to romance: and she certainly didn't expect mystery, intrigue, and murder. When a series of accidents culminates in murder being committed, Libby is compelled to find out if its roots are in the past or the more sordid present. A cast of local characters alternately helps and hinders her, including Fran the sceptical psychic and Sidney the guard cat.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Insipid is the word

    • By Andromeda's Twin on 15-04-14

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 2

    • Murder at the Laurels

    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    When old Eleanor Bridges dies on her birthday at The Laurels nursing home, no-one except her niece, Fran Castle, suspects anything. But when the will goes missing, and Fran's newly discovered relatives appear to be doing everything in their power to obstruct investigations, she enlists the help of her friend Libby Sarjeant. Together they uncover sinister happenings in the past - including greed and elements of witchcraft - that provide a host of motives for murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kept me awake until 2am!

    • By Ann in Durham on 07-09-13

    Regular price: £24.39

  • Book 3

    • Murder in Midwinter

    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Bella Morleigh is astonished when she is left a derelict theatre by her Aunt Maria, a relative she didn't even know existed. The Alexandria theatre has been in the family for years, and Aunt Maria was determined that it should stay that way. However, when Bella visits the place for the first time she finds more than she bargained for: a dead boy. Inspector Connell advises her to call in the help of local psychic Fran Castle.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyable.

    • By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 08-01-15

    Regular price: £26.19

  • Book 4

    • Murder by the Sea

    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    When a body is discovered on a rocky little island in the middle of Nethergate Bay, the media swoop on the seaside town. Soon an enquiring hack discovers that local resident Fran Castle has previously aided the police using her psychic abilities.

    Brought into the investigation, Fran naturally asks her friend Libby Sarjeant, the middle-aged actress and crime-solver, to help, but they soon find themselves up to their knees in more mud and murder than they could possibly have anticipated.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Awful

    • By Ruth on 15-09-18

    Regular price: £18.29

  • Book 5

    • Murder in Bloom

    • Libby Sarjeant Mystery Series
    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Floundering in the footsteps of a deliberately downplayed police enquiry, Libby manages to stir up more mud than the rotavator. When television personality Lewis Osbourne-Walker buys Creekmarsh Place, near Steeple Martin in Kent, Libby Sarjeant's son Adam is employed to help with the renovation of the garden. What he doesn't expect is to uncover a long buried skeleton.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another brilliant mystery.

    • By Susan Alibone on 07-05-17

    Regular price: £19.39

  • Book 6

    • Murder in the Green

    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Libby Serjeant and her friend Fran become involved in the strange rituals of the local Morris Men, when one of them is found dead on May Day and another seems to have vanished into thin air.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the best one so far.

    • By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 29-01-15

    Regular price: £13.99

  • Book 7

    • Murder Imperfect

    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Pantomime director Libby Sarjeant has her hands full combining direction and detection when she’s asked to look into threatening letters sent to Harry’s gay friend Cy. At first she believes it to be a simple case of prejudice, but soon Libby uncovers links to particularly nasty crimes in the past, revelations that have catastrophic effects.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • another good story

    • By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 27-01-15

    Regular price: £15.09

  • Book 8

    • Murder to Music

    • Libby Sarjeant Mystery
    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In her eighth case, amateur detective Libby Sarjeant and her psychic investigator friend Fran Castle are invited to look into a house that is reputedly haunted. For once, Libby can be as nosy as she likes without being accused of getting in the way of a police investigation. However, when they unearth 50-year-old graves in the gardens, the police are bound to cramp their style. Someone alive today doesn’t want them interfering either, and their lives are in danger as they try to unravel the mystery of a ghost who plays Debussy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a different narrator

    • By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 30-01-15

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 9

    • Murder at the Manor

    • Libby Sarjeant Mystery
    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Steeple Martin sleuth Libby Sarjeant and her partner Ben are hosting a writers’ weekend reunion at Ben’s family home, The Manor, when a body is discovered in the grounds. Even though Scotland Yard is on the case, Libby feels impelled to investigate a murder on her home patch. Their enquiries take Libby and her psychic investigator friend Fran Castle to historic Dorset, where they uncover a complex web of writers’ jealousies that has further tragic consequences before Libby uses all her wiles to get at the truth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator

    • By Gwen Owen on 29-03-13

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 10

    • Murder by Magic

    • Libby Sarjeant Mystery
    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • narrator error...

    • By Trevor on 05-05-13

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 11

    • Murder in the Monastery

    • Libby Sarjeant, Book 11
    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    The eleventh book in the Libby Sarjeant series of British murder mysteries which features a retired actress as the female sleuth and is based in the picturesque village of Steeple Martin. Libby Sarjeant is invited to look into the provenance of a jewelled Anglo-Saxon reliquary which has appeared on a website. The nuns at St Eldreda's Abbey are curious, as it apparently contains a relic of St Eldreda herself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not so keen on this narrator

    • By Renka on 06-10-14

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 12

    • Murder in the Dark

    • Libby Sarjeant Mystery
    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    An unidentified woman’s body is found in a remote garden in Kent. With the owners not in residence, the only people with legitimate access are the caretaker, Johnny, and landscape gardeners Adam Sarjeant and his employer, Mog. Afraid of her son falling under suspicion, Libby Sarjeant, with her friend Fran, are determined to find the murderer, with or without the assistance of the police in the person of Chief Detective Inspector Ian Connell.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Murder

    • By Sharron on 08-04-18

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 13

    • Murder in a Different Place

    • Libby Sarjeant Mystery
    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    The 13th book in Lesley Cookman's best-selling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series follows Libby and the gang as they visit the Isle of Wight for the funeral of an old friend. For once there is nothing suspicious about the death, but their invitation to the funeral comes from elderly cousins who do have an unexplained death in the family. As her best friend, Harry, seems to be involved somehow, Libby is determined to ignore the growing reluctance of the cousins to help as she investigates.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great fun

    • By Sharron on 03-02-18

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 14

    • Murder out of Tune

    • By: Lesley Cookman
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    A member of a local ukulele group is found dead in Steeple Martin's churchyard. Libby's first reaction is relief that the victim isn't anyone she knows. She and the usual suspects have other things to occupy them, as they are gearing up for a Christmas concert and pantomime in the Oast Theatre, but when Libby's cousin gets romantically involved with a man in whom the police are taking an interest, she can't help asking a few questions - and getting into trouble....

    Regular price: £19.29