Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries

A fun series of classic cosy mystery novels set in an English village

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Cover of Best Murder in Show
Available in paperback and ebook

The Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries follow the exploits of a young English woman who inherits a country cottage from her Great Auntie May, a famous travel writer, and starts a new life in a little village in the Cotswolds. It’s not long before she realises that you don’t have to travel beyond the village of Wendlebury Barrow to have adventures.

With a cast of loveable English eccentrics and an idyllic Cotswold setting, the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries will run through the cycle of the country year, with the following titles:

A new page for each book will be added to this website as each becomes available to order or pre-order. If a title above shows a link, click it for more information about that book.

STOP PRESS: A bonus eighth book, A Fling with Murder, will end the series, in which Sophie takes Hector to meet her parents in the Scottish Highlands – involving several attempts on his life…

Once the cycle of seven + one books is complete, I’m also planning some fun spin-offs  – books written by or about some of the characters in the series:

  • The Wendlebury Writers’ Christmas Anthology
    (as featured in Murder in the Manger)
  • May Sayers Comes Home
    (the back story of her romance with Joshua)
  • Travels with My Aunt’s Garden
    (a collection of Sophie’s columns for the Wendlebury Barrow Parish News)
  • Hermione Minty’s The Girl with Forget-me-not Eyes
    (the pseudonym of one of the characters in the book)\

If you enjoy M C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin books, Agatha Christie‘s Miss Marple and Poirot books, and The Vicar of Dibley, you’ll love Sophie Sayers!

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A cracking example of cosy crime – Katie Fforde, bestselling romantic novelist

Debbie Young delves into the awkwardness of human nature in a deft and funny way: think Miss Marple meets Bridget Jones. – Belinda Pollard, Wild Crimes series

Debbie Young’s books are both cracking mysteries and laugh-out-loud funny. Murder in the Manger contains one of the funniest openings to a book. Period. I can’t get enough of them and tell the whole world to buy them. – Wendy H Jones, author of the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries

I have a feeling that reading the Sophie Sayers Mysteries as a set may become an annual thing. – Laura Bonnici, aka @LozieMay on Twitter