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Publication Order of Exham on Sea Mysteries Books

Murder At the Lighthouse (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on the Levels (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on the Tor (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Cathedral (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Bridge (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Castle (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Gorge (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Abbey (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Ham-Hill Murder Mysteries Books

A Village Murder (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Racing Murder (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

An Independent Woman (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Danger at Thatcham Hall (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Ben's Underground Adventure (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragon Ring (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Frances Evesham is a historical and cozy mystery author who writes Agatha Christiesque novels. Like many other readers in the genre, she is a huge lover of the likes of “Murder She Wrote,” “Miss Marple,” “Sherlock Holmes” and the grand tradition of mystery novels that come with amateur private investigators, villains that need to be brought to justice and fascinating puzzles to resolve. Her love for mystery and debut into the fiction writing world resulted from a walk on a tranquil Somerset beach where she found a nine legged rate Victorian light house. It is from this that she became interested in writing historical novels such as “Murder at the Lighthouse” that she published in 2015.

Evesham has always been fascinated by Victorian history and she cannot believe that she gets to spend her days writing about it. She knows a lot of Victorian trivia and has a fascination with Victorian women that seem so human yet very complex. The fact that they had repressed passions, ambition and had to hide their longings due to the stifling conventions of society is intriguing to her. She currently lives in a small seaside town very similar to what is the setting of the “Exham on Sea” contemporary crime series. She loves to write surrounded by narrow roads, green levels and wonderful rolling hills that provide the inspiration for her novels. She finds it the best place to indulge in her love for tranquil places, overgrown dogs, chocolate and cake and self possessed and aloof cats. As for her inspiration for the “Thatcham Hall” mysteries, she has said that she always loved history. She could always be found reading novels set in 19th century country houses in England where hidden cottages, dusty corridors, secret rooms and gothic chapels were the setting for stories in which feisty heroines fought back against the conventions of the day.

Before Frances Evesham became an author, she worked as a road sweeper, professional communication fiend and speech therapist. She also worked for the courts helping the courts when they needed to question witnesses with special needs. Now that she is a full time author, she spends much of her time writing and has more than a dozen novels to her name. When she is not writing her novels, she likes to collect poison recipes and find inventive ways of dispatching her victims. She also loves to cook her meals while enjoying her glass of wine while the other grabs a bunch of chilies. Since she loves reading, she can often be found writing novels full of adventure, murder and mystery while she makes her evening meal. Fun fact about Frances is that she has seen the Northern Lights when she visited the Arctic Circle and now plans to go to the South Pole to see penguins.

Frences Evesham’s “Murder at the Lighthouse” is the story of Libby Forest who is relieved after the death of her husband. She had been married to an abusive husband for several years but now can sell their house and move away. She decides to get a small house in a small inbred coastal town known as Exham on Sea, where she hopes to become part of the community. She intends to open a chocolate shop and patisserie but before that she is writing a recipe book and is about to miss her deadlines with the editors. She cannot find the time to write given that she is working at the local bakery twelve hours a day. But one night while taking her dog for a walk near the lighthouse on the beach, she stumbles upon the body of a woman. The police declare the death a suicide but Libby does not believe Susie Bennett who has deep roots in the small community took her own life. Soon after, an older woman that was friends with Susie and probably knew all her secrets is discovered dead in her home. Libby is now more certain that there is something afoot. While investigating the murders, she has the inevitable run-ins with the members of the community and soon learns that her husband had left her an unsavorty gift.

“Murder on the Levels” by Frances Evesham continues to follow the adventures of Libby Forest. She is a chocolate maker and baker that has her livelihood threatened following a bizarre incident. Several members of a bike team get ill while some die from digitalis that is determined to have been in the chocolates, cakes or sandwiches from the shop she runs. She does not trust the police too much and now needs to do her own investigations. To complicate things even more, there are further revelations regarding her dead husbands dealing while he was alive. She also is struggling to repair her relationship with her daughter who is angry at her since she would not allow her to go abroad with her Peace Corps boyfriend. Things turn interesting when her young lodger is the victim in a serious hit and run accident that she believes is connected to her uncle’s death from several years earlier.

Frances Evesham’s “Murder on the Tor” opens to Libby Forest getting her life interrupted by a gruesome crime. She had been walking her friend Max’s Carpathian sheepdog only to get lost in the Glastonbury mist. Walking around the Tor, she bumps into a little girl and not long after she picks up an old beaded necklace. While walking down a hill, she meets Joe Ramshore the Detective Sergeant who happens to be the son of her friend Max. He showcases his usual exasperation and tells her that a body had been found on her doorstep and insinuates that she could have been involved. Once they get down and head to her house, they learn that the dead man is a photographer that committed suicide just before he was to exhibit his work. They get down to investigating but Libby feels that Max is not as warm as he knows him to be. Could the criminal activities of her husband be causing him to second guess their relationship?

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