Reviews of “Murder by the Book”

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New interesting book – Amazon Customer

“Great author. Keeps me captivated.”


Sophie Sayers does it again! – “michaelmac43”

“Debbie Young has done it again. I really liked ‘Best Murder in Show’ and this new book takes us back to the village of Wendlebury Barrow and the delightful Sophie Sayers, who now has a love interest that might just shock the neighbours.

“The novel is described as a cosy mystery and that’s exactly what it is: deceptively calm rural English life undershot with menace. The picture Ms Young paints is so compelling, I tried to find the place; but my satnav couldn’t locate it.”


A book for bedtime – Sue A

“I really love these Sophie Sayers mysteries. Easy reading, perfect for bedtime. By book 4 I’m really getting a feel for the characters. Interesting to see some new ones come in this time, and others given more prominence. A real page turner but in a gentle sort of way – no tension which is what I like about them. So glad there are more to come!”


Addictive Story – “London Lass”

“The Sophie Sayers series is sooo addictive! Like the cakes Sophie serves at Hector’s House, each story is delicious, with a twist or three of suspense to stop village life seeming too sugary. I can’t wait for the next one.”


Cosy, and yet… – W J S Kirton

“The fact that this is a “Sophie Sayers Village Mystery” indicates from the start that the book will belong to the section of the crime genre labelled “cosy”. And yet its opening lines introduce us to two shadowy figures indulging in some far from cosy violence which results in one of them falling to his death down the village well. Thereafter, we’re introduced to a cross-section of the inhabitants of the village of Wendlebury Barrow and learn in entertaining detail of their relationships, interactions and some relatively harmless secrets.

“The distance between that opening violence and the minutiae of their everyday lives couldn’t be greater. It’s obviously a deliberate juxtaposition on the part of the author which, by setting the violence in a simple, unthreatening context, increases its dramatic effect and, simultaneously, the reader’s curiosity.

“That curiosity is sustained very cleverly throughout the book because there’s no indication until very late in the narrative of either the identity of the two people involved or the nature of the dispute which leads to the killing. Instead, the two threads of normality and violence are drawn together by an innocent and apparently unrelated celebration the villagers are planning, which eventually creates the circumstances for the killing and gradually reveals the victim and the potential motives of several of the characters with whom we’ve become familiar.

“As we near the climax, our suspicions are made to fall on some of these same innocents in succession before the final revelation and resolution. The writing is assured, the characters well drawn, and the various plot lines are often very funny. It’s a highly entertaining and probably addictive book – addictive because these are people with whom you’ll want to spend more time.”


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