Three Funny, Feel-Good Fiction Series

Set at St Bride’s School for Girls

“A deftly comic series of perfect, feel-good reads.” – Susan Grossey

Dastardly Deeds at St Bride’s (1)

When Gemma Lamb takes a job at a quirky English girls’ boarding school, she believes she’s found the perfect escape route from her controlling boyfriend – until she discovers the rest of the staff are hiding sinister secrets.

Originally published as Secrets at St Bride’s, this book has just been reissued in a beautiful new edition by Boldwood Books with this new title and cover, in ebook, paperback and audiobook.

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Sinister Stranger at St Bride’s (2)

When an American stranger turns up claiming to be the rightful owner of the school’s magnificent country estate, teacher Gemma Lamb fears losing not only her job and her home, but also her hopes for a relationship with charismatic PE teacher Joe Spryke.

Originally published as Stranger at St Bride’s, it will be reissued on 11th October Boldwood Books with this new title and cover, in ebook, paperback and audiobook all formats.

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Wicked Whispers at St Bride’s (3)

A completely new Gemma Lamb adventure, never published before, has just been launched!

Gemma Lamb is barely back at school before unlucky-in-love Oriana is sneaking around at odd hours, handsome Joe is keeping secrets, and militant Mavis feels a scandal is brewing. Then a stranger appears – but stranger isn’t so sinister. Instead he looks rather too familiar. If Gemma can’t get him away from the schoo,l the whispers and scandal his presence could unleash may just close St Bride’s doors for good. It’s up to Gemma to save the school’s reputation, her job and her growing relationship with Joe!

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“A cracking example of cosy crime” – Katie Fforde

“This series just gets better with every new book” – Alison Morton

  • Read in order or as stand-alone novels
  • The first seven books run the course of a Cotswold village year from one summer to the next
  • Whole series will be reissued in new editions with new covers by Boldwood Books starting November 2022
  • All-new book 8 to follow April 2023

new cover for Best Murder in Show Best Murder in Show (1)

A dead body on a carnival float at the village show. A clear case of murder in plain sight, but why do none of the villagers agree?  Sophie is determined to find out – with a little help from the dashing Hector Munro, proprietor of the village bookshop. It will be reissued by Boldwood Books in ebook and paperback with this beautiful new cover on  24th November.

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The paperback will be available to order from launch day on 24th November.

The audiobook is already available from all major audiobook stores, including Amazon here:
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cover of Murder at the VicarageMurder at the Vicarage (2)

As Halloween approaches, whose body will be found outside his village bookshop? Not to mention the one buried beneath the vicar’s bonfire… Sophie struggles to save the day before anyone else can come to harm – and to get Hector back on her side. Previously published as Trick or Murder?, this book will be reissued by Boldwood Books in ebook and paperback under the new title of Murder at the Vicarage on 24th November.

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The paperback will be available to order from launch day on 24th November.

Already available as an audiobook from all major audiobook stores.

The following books in the series will be reissued in ebook and paperback by Boldwood Books shortly, also in audiobook by Saga Egmont on the dates show. Buying links and new covers to be added as they become available.  

Murder in the Manger (3)
Launching 15th December (ebook & paperback) & 27th October (audiobook)

When Sophie writes a nativity play for the village children and drama group, it soon goes off-script – and the whole community stands accused of murder. Enjoy the fun of a traditional Cotswold Christmas, with echoes of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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Murder by the Book (4)
Launching 15th December 2022 (ebook & paperback) & 2nd January 2023 (audiobook)

A dead body at the bottom of the well. But whose body and why?  Tempers flare and old feuds catch fire in the latest laugh-out-loud Sophie Sayers Village mystery about love, loyalty and family ties in the run-up to Valentine’s Day.

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Springtime for Murder (5)
Launching January (ebook & paperback) & 9th February (audiobook)

When an old lady is left for dead in an open grave, Sophie suspects foul play. When it comes to suspects, she’s spoiled for choice. A lively array of eccentrics joins the regular cast in this compelling story of family, friendship, love and loss.

Murder Your Darlings (6)
Launching January (ebook & paperback) & 9th March (audiobook)

When Sophie Sayers joins a writers’ retreat on a secluded Greek island, she’s hoping to find inspiration. Away from her rural English comfort zone, she also takes stock of her relationship with her boyfriend Hector. But scarcely has the writing course begun when bestselling romantic novelist Marina Milanese disappears…

Murder Lost and Found (7)
Launching February  (ebook & paperback) & 6th April (audiobook)

Finding a dead body in the village school’s lost property cupboard during the summer holidays is bad enough – but when the body disappears and the police refuse to investigate, it’s down to Sophie Sayers to get to the bottom of the mystery and save the village school from the threat of closure. This seventh mystery marks the end of Sophie’s first year in the Cotswold village of Wendlebury Barrow.

Sophie Sayers Book 8 (title tba)
Launching March 2023 in ebook, paperback & audiobook

Currently my work-in-progress – more details to follow on completion!


  • Quick light reads around 25% of the length of the novels (novelettes)
  • Pocket-sized paperback editions are the size of a picture postcard  
  • Ebook available from Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited
  • In the same style as The Pride of Peacocks (a Readers’ Club exclusive – scroll to foot of page to find out how to obtain your free ebook copy)

cover of The Natter of KnittersThe Natter of Knitters (1)

When Sophie Sayers takes part in a a charity knitting project, what could possibly go wrong? In Wendlebury Barrow, anything might happen – including the only yarnbombing event ever to include a real explosion.

A gentle, thoughtful mystery with no dead bodies, and a happy ending guaranteed!

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cover of the Clutch of EggsThe Clutch of Eggs (2)

Whe young Tommy’s new passion for wild birds’ eggs causes him to put the village of Wendlebury Barrow on the map for all the wrong reasons, Sophie Sayers tries to create order out of chaos.

A funny, feel-good read about friendship, love, loss and reconciliation.

Buy the ebook online, buy the paperback online, or order from your local bookshop quoting ISBN 9781911223641.

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cover of The Pride of Peacocks

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