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Murder at the Cathedral

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The respectable ladies of the Knitters’ Guild plan a surprise for the cathedral city. The surprise isn’t meant to include murder…

Besides, the last thing Libby Forest needs is another murder inquiry. She’s already struggling with the demands of her cake and chocolate business and trying to understand Mandy the Goth’s strange behaviour. Max urges her to make a difficult decision and Bear, the enormous sheepdog, causes havoc in the gentle surroundings of the beautiful, tiny cathedral city.

Libby vows to resist the temptation to investigate a sudden death in the cathedral, until her friend Angela falls under suspicion…

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Love murder mysteries, cosy crime, dogs, crafts and chocolate? You’ll enjoy this instalment in a fun series of mysteries, set in a small English seaside town in Somerset, full of quirky charm and eccentric inhabitants, with a female protagonist torn between her independence and a new, enticing career as a private investigator.

The fourth story in the Exham on Sea series takes Libby to Wells Cathedral, where an unusual chained library protects ancient and valuable books. When a visiting scholar dies Libby plans to leave investigation to the police, but despite her intentions, loyalty to a friend overcomes her resistance, and she’s sets out to find the killer.

With a cast of indefatigable knitters, a lively Exham on Sea grapevine and a missing cat, the green fields, rolling hills, and sandy beaches of the West Country are a perfect setting for crime, intrigue and mystery.

For lovers of Agatha Christie novels, Midsomer Murders, lovable pets and cake, the series offers quick crime stories to read in one sitting, as Libby and her friends solve a mix of intriguing mysteries.

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Murder on the Tor:Exham on Sea Mysteries Book Three

Murder on the Tor: out now

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 A body on Glastonbury Tor, a sudden mist, a silent child and an old, amber necklace.

Libby, haunted by her husband’s murky past and struggling with her feelings for secretive Max, battles to uncover the truth behind the murder of a photographer on Glastonbury Tor.

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The green fields, rolling hills and sandy beaches of the West Country provide the perfect setting for crime, intrigue and mystery.

For lovers of Agatha Christie novels, Midsomer Murders, lovable pets and cake, the Exham on Sea Mystery series offers a continuing supply of quick crime stories to read in one sitting, as Libby solves a mixture of intriguing mysteries and uncovers the secrets of the small town’s past.

Discover more about the series and my other books on my Author page here.

Five Fun Facts: a Unique Lighthouse

The Unique Nine-Legged Lighthouse at Burnham on Sea

Nine wooden legs 

The waters of the River Parrett meet the Bristol Channlighthouse_600_800el at Burnham on Sea. Notoriously  dangerous, with a huge range of 40ft, the tide in the area is the second highest in the world. The builders of the nine-legged Low Lighthouse also had to contend with shifting sands and mud-flats that would soon destroy the foundations of a conventional stone building. Wooden stilts were an ingenious solution that make the lighthouse unique in the UK.

Victorian ingenuity

The Victorians built the Low Lighthouse in 1832, a time of enormous interest in technology and travel,  to replace the Round Tower. This was  a tall building originally situated next to the Church, funded by the local  curate on condition the Burnham fishermen and residents paid for its upkeep.

The Low Lighthouse fell out of use in the 20th century but was recommissioned in 1983 and now flashes every 7.5 seconds.

Leading lights

The Victorians built another lighthouse, the Tower or High Lighthouse,  at the same time, and the two buildings worked together to lead navigators through the River Parrett. The Tower is now a private house.

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lighthouse-550The Grade 11 listed Low Lighthouse is a wooden square, constructed on strong oak legs, with a single, dramatic, vertical red stripe. Set at a height of 36ft, the light reaches 23ft above the high spring tides and shines out over 9 miles.

 

Murder at the Lighthouse

The Low Lighthouse stars in the first Exham on Sea Mystery. Libby Forest finds a body on the beach under the lighthouse and discovers her unexpected gift for investigation, helped by Bear, the gigantic Carpathian Sheepdog and Fuzzy, her aloof marmalade cat.
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More facts and figures about the Burnham on Sea lighthouses at the uklighthouse website