Murder at the Laurels

Murder at the Laurels The second in the Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery Series Could it have been murder When old Eleanor Bridges dies on her birthday at The Laurels nursing home no one except her niece Fran Castle suspec

  • Title: Murder at the Laurels
  • Author: Lesley Cookman
  • ISBN: 9781905170845
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • The second in the Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery Series.Could it have been murder 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 heThe second in the Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery Series.Could it have been murder 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 herfriend Libby Sarjeant Together they uncover sinister events in the past, greed and elements of witchcraft, all of which provide a multiplicity of motives, and it isn t until a second body is discovered that the murderer is unmasked.

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    1. Time taken to read - 4 days on and offPages - 368Publisher - Accent Press LtdBlurb from the back coverSteeple Martin amateur detective Libby Sarjeant's friend, and sleuthing partner, psychic investigator Fran Castle, suspects that there is something suspicious about the death of her aunt in a nursing home. When Fran's long-lost relatives turn up and seem either unconcerned or obstructive, Libby and Fran are sure something is wrong, particularly as the will is missing.As usual Libby needs little [...]

    2. Libby Sarjeant's friend Fran Castle hears of the death of her long estranged Aunt Eleanor's death. When she visits The Laurels nursing home where her aunt died Fran gets some very disturbing impressions. Fran has learned to trust her psychic impressions and they are reinforced when she meets her relations who seem unaffected by Aunt Eleanor's death and reluctant to answer her questions.Fran and Libby are soon on the trail and their instincts are confirmed when it proves that Eleanor was murdered [...]

    3. I listened to this on Audiobook and really enjoyed it. I love these mysteries. They’re packed with character and humour, with enough of the paranormal to make me love them. They’ve also got all the mystery and intrigue with none of the gore or grim detail. This is the second book of the series and focuses on the mystery surrounding the death of Fran’s aunt Eleanor. The old lady’s death doesn’t seem surprising until Fran starts seeing visions, which are repeatedly corroborated by the po [...]

    4. Better than the firstI'm sure part of the reason I liked this better than the first book is because I read the first. It's so much easier picking up on the story when you know the characters going in. I would still like more descriptions of the village and surrounding area. The setting was one of the reasons I chose the first in this series. I am looking forward to the next book

    5. I picked this up not realising it is a part of the series. There are a lot of references to people who are not part of the central plot, that are perhaps interesting to someone following the series but not otherwise. In fact it was most confusing. That said, the book was an interesting read. A kind of present day Agatha Christie. The plot was good and despite the psychic references, it was easy to follow. I wouldn’t mind picking up more of the series after my reading challenge is done.

    6. Good mystery, with Fran having her visions and remembering parts of her childhood she had forgotten, and realising her uncle had been murdered by her Aunt, many years ago, then the aunt is murdered in the nursing home she now lives in. Libby ropes a reluctant Fran into investigating.

    7. In "Murder at the Laurels", Lesley Cookman combines murder, embezzlement and a past affair into a tension-packed mystery. It begins with the murder of Eleanor Bridges at the Laurels Nursing Home. No one suspects foul play except her niece Fran Castle who senses a suffocating darkness in the room where she died. With a short list of culprits and no obvious motive Fran enlists the sleuthing skills of her friend Libby Sarjeant to help unmask the murderer. I found the action and intensity of the plo [...]

    8. First Line: "How many more do you want, then?" Libby Sarjeant pushed a wisp of damp, rusty coloured hair off her brow.Middle-aged actress come investigator Libby Sarjeant has settled down to life in the village of Steeple Martin. Her small cottage suits her. She sells oil paintings to a local gallery, and it looks as though her romance with Ben is taking a turn for the better. If only life was as smooth for her friend, Fran Castle.Fran, who lives in London and is a bit clairvoyant, has been work [...]

    9. This was another fun, engaging cozy read from this author, and her depiction of the quirky characters and life in a small English village were well-done. One thing I found very interesting and humourous was the liberal amount of drinking and eating in pubs the characters indulged in at every opportunity! :)Libby was once again likeable, funny, a bit eccentric and quite normal for a middle-aged woman with some self-esteem and self-image issues. She drank, she smoked, and she indulged her insatiab [...]

    10. When I want to get into the 'twee murder mystery' frame of mind I always pick up Lesley Cookman. Her characters are likeable and funny, but also verging on caricature. The plot for Murder at the Laurels is very traditional. Libby's friend Fran has an estranged aunt via marriage, who promptly cops it, leaving a small number of suspects. Aunt Eleanor lives in a care home, and immediately the owner of the home and two nurses are considered 'in on it'. Having worked in a care home I was concerned at [...]

    11. This is the second of Lesley Cookman's Libby Sarjeant (with a J) books I've read, and I've enjoyed it very much. In this one we get to know Libby's friend and 'remote viewer' Fran a lot better. As always, Lesley handles a huge cast with great deftness. Every character is different and recognisable, the way our personal friends are. Each person, or couple, has their own story which winds through the main thread of the murder and 'whodunnit.' As the book is written mostly in dialogue this is a rem [...]

    12. Could it have been murder? When old Eeanor 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 events in the past, greed and elements of witchcraft, all of which provide a multiplicity of motives, and it isn t u [...]

    13. The second book in the series. This time an aunt of Fran's dies at a nursing home called The Laurels. At first all seems normal -- death is not unexpected amongst the elderly -- but soon it's anything but normal. The death is declared to be a murder and Libby Serjeant and Fran investigate.They are an engaging pair of sleuths with relatively normal friends, the usual problems of 50-something women, and a lot of curiousity. I will read the next in the series and look forward to their further adven [...]

    14. The second in this series and I am pleased to see all the characters wfrom the first book are again present. This time the murder that needs solving brings with it background knowledge about Fran - again with flashbacks to the past as well as old and new romances. Good second novel which I read in a day.

    15. Have become hooked on the series and find myself delighted with characters as they stumble from murder to murder. There are many plot twists which kept me guessing to end. Look for a series of fun characters this is the author who provides.

    16. Cookman has well developed characters and a story which moves at appropriate pace. Couple of slow places so 4 1/2 stars rather than 5.

    17. At times it feels as if I'm reading a children's book (The Five spring to mind). I have overlooked the blushing and fiddling parts and still enjoyed the book as such.

    18. Slow starting but really picks up as mystery develops. As another reviewer stated never saw ending coming. Good twists with characters developing as story progressed.

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