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Lesley Cookman - Author

About the Author

Lesley Cookman is a freelance features writer and editor. Lesley turned to short fiction for the women's weekly magazines in the nineties, taught Creative Writing for the Adult Education Service and the WEA, and following her Master's Degree in 2003 edited the first Sexy Shorts collection for Accent Press.

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Other books by Lesley Cookman

Murder and the Glovemaker's Son

Murder and the Glovemaker's Son

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2018

A new title in the Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery series by bestselling author Lesley Cookman. Set in the Kent village of Steeple Martin this series has a loyal following from around the globe. The Oast Theatre in Steeple Martin is hosting a touring production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which is attracting a lot of attention. But very soon it begins to attract attention of an entirely different kind, when a document goes missing along with its owner. When a body turns up, Libby Sarjeant and Fran Wolfe become involved with the investigation with the help, naturally, of their friends and relatives.

Murder Most Fowl

Murder Most Fowl

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: eBook Release Date: 21/12/2017

It is almost Christmas, and pantomime rehearsals are well under way. Once again, local butcher Bob is playing the dame, but the whole production is put under threat when someone sabotages his business. Libby Sarjeant recruits Fran Wolfe to help find the culprit and restore the Steeple Martin pantomime.

Murder by the Barrel

Murder by the Barrel

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

The eighteenth book in the popular cosy crime series by bestselling author Lesley Cookman When the sleepy village of Steeple Martin announces its first beer festival, the locals are excited. Beer, sun and music, what could possibly go wrong? But when an unexpected death shakes the village, it's up to Libby Sarjeant to solve the puzzle. Was it just another rock star death or is there something more sinister afoot?

Murder by the Barrel

Murder by the Barrel

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

A new title in the popular cosy crime series by bestselling author Lesley Cookman When the sleepy village of Steeple Martin announces its first beer festival, the locals are excited. Beer, sun and music, what could possibly go wrong? But when an unexpected death shakes the village, it's up to Libby Sarjeant to solve the puzzle. Was it just another rock star death or is there something more sinister afoot?

Entertaining Death

Entertaining Death

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2017

The second instalment in the Alexandrians series of mysteries set in Edwardian-era Kent by popular crime novelist Lesley Cookman.

Murder on the Run

Murder on the Run

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2016

The world of running is completely alien to Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe, but when Libby's son Adam and Fran's stepdaughter Sophie join the Nethergate Harriers, they have to take an interest. And when one of the runners goes missing in the middle of the Nethergate 5K, they take more than an interest! It's not long before a body is found and Libby and Fran are caught up in another investigation The seventeenth instalment in the hugely popular Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series.

Murder on the Run

Murder on the Run

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2016

The world of running is completely alien to Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe, but when Libby's son Adam and Fran's stepdaughter Sophie join the Nethergate Harriers, they have to take an interest. And when one of the runners goes missing in the middle of the Nethergate 5K, they take more than an interest! It's not long before a body is found - and Libby and Fran are caught up in another investigation... The seventeenth instalment in the hugely popular Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series.

Murder Dancing

Murder Dancing

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2016

The sixteenth in the acclaimed Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series by Lesley Cookman. Max Tobin brings his all-male dance company to Steeple Martin, with his new ballet Pendle, based on the infamous Pendle Witch Trials, due to be performed at the Oast Theatre. There have been unpleasant incidents during rehearsals in London, and Max asks Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe to look into them. To everyone's surprise, the incidents continue at the Oast and their seriousness escalates until, inevitably, someone is murdered. While the police look into the murder, Libby and Fran wonder why someone seemed so set against the ballet. Were occult forces at work, or was there a more worldly, personal motive?

Murder in the Blood

Murder in the Blood

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2015

Libby Sarjeant and friends are taking a well-earned holiday at a village on the Turkish coast - but despite their best intentions it seems that murder has even followed them there. When out on a boat trip they discover a body, but at first it has nothing to do with them, for once ... until they find out that the deceased was English - and so are the suspects.

Murder Out of Tune

Murder Out of Tune

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

A member of a local ukulele group is found dead in Steeple Martin's churchyard. Libby's first reaction is relief that the victim isn't anyone she knows. She and the usual suspects have other things to occupy them as they are gearing up for a Christmas concert and pantomime in the Oast Theatre but when Libby's cousin gets romantically involved with a man in whom the police are taking an interest, she can't help asking a few questions - and getting into trouble...

Murder in a Different Place

Murder in a Different Place

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

In this, the thirteenth book in the Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series, Libby and the gang visit the Isle of Wight for the funeral of an old friend. For once there is nothing suspicious about the death, but their invitation to the funeral comes from elderly cousins who do have an unexplained death in the family. As her best friend Harry seems to be involved somehow, Libby is determined to ignore the growing reluctance of the cousins to help as she investigates.

Murder in the Monastery

Murder in the Monastery

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2013

The eleventh book in the Libby Sarjeant series of British murder mysteries which features a retired actress as the female sleuth and are based in the picturesque village of Steeple Martin. Libby Sarjeant is invited to look into the provenance of a jewelled Anglo-Saxon reliquary which has appeared on a website. The nuns at St Eldreda's Abbey are curious, as it apparently contains a relic of St Eldreda herself. Libby's friend Peter obtains permission to mount a play based on St Eldreda's story in the ruins of the original monastery called, naturally, Murder In The Monastery. And then, inevitably, a real body is discovered, and Libby and her friend Fran find out that this is not the first.

Murder in the Dark

Murder in the Dark

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2013

The twelfth book in the Libby Sarjeant series of British murder mysteries which features a retired actress as the female sleuth and are based in the picturesque village of Steeple Martin. An unidentified woman's body is found in a remote garden in Kent. With the owners not in residence, the only people with legitimate access are the caretaker, Johnny, and landscape gardeners Adam Sarjeant and his employer, Mog. Afraid of her son falling under suspicion, Libby Sarjeant, with her friend Fran, are determined to find the murderer, with or without the assistance of the police in the person of Chief Detective Inspector Ian Connell.

Murder by Magic

Murder by Magic

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

The tenth book in the Libby Sarjeant series of British murder mysteries which feature a retired actress as the female sleuth and are based in the picturesque village of Steeple Martin. Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe are asked to look into the sudden and unexplained death of a devoted churchgoer. The police appear to have lost interest, but the villagers are certain that their new lady vicar has something to do with it! But if it is murder, how was it done? Could it be - magic?

Murder in Steeple Martin

Murder in Steeple Martin

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2012

New edition includes map of Steeple Martin, list of characters and free bonus chapter from the next title in the bestselling Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery series. Artist and ex-actress Libby Sarjeant is busy directing a play for the opening of a new theatre in her village when one of her cast is found murdered. The play, written by her friend Peter, is based on real events in his family, disturbing and mysterious, which took place in the village during the last war. As the investigation into the murder begins to uncover a tangled web of relationships in the village, it seems that the events dramatised in the play still cast a long shadow, dark enough to inspire murder. Libby's natural nosiness soon leads her into the thick of the investigation, but is she too close to Peter's family, and in particular his cousin Ben, to be able to recognise the murderer?

Murder in Midwinter

Murder in Midwinter

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2012

New edition of the bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series that includes a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter from the next title in the series. Kent village sleuth Libby Sarjeant and her psychic investigator friend Fran Castle befriend Bella Morleigh, who has inherited a derelict theatre. When an unknown body is discovered inside the theatre, they feel duty bound to help with the investigation. Although Libby is rather distracted by the preparations for her friends' Civil Partnership ceremony, she's getting the hang of using a computer to dig for information. However, when a second body is found it is one of Fran's psychic moments that makes the connection between the deaths; a connection with startling results.

Murder in the Green

Murder in the Green

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2012

New edition of this bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series including a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter of the next title in the series. Amateur sleuth Libby Sarjeant and her psychic investigator friend Fran become involved when a member of a local Morris Dancing side is found dead on May Day. Driven in part by her interest in Morris lore, Libby leaves her comfort zone in Kent and travels to Cornwall where she sees the darker side of Morris and its links to Satanism. Back home in Kent, she and Fran begin to unravel the facts behind the murder and the cleverness of a completely unsuspected killer.

Murder to Music

Murder to Music

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2012

New edition of the bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series which includes a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter of the next title in the series. In her eighth case, amateur detective Libby Sarjeant and her psychic investigator friend Fran Castle are invited to look into a house that is reputedly haunted. For once, Libby can be as nosy as she likes without being accused of getting in the way of a police investigation. However, when they unearth 50-year-old graves in the gardens, the police are bound to cramp their style. Someone alive today doesn't want them interfering either, and their lives are in danger as they try to unravel the mystery of a ghost who plays Debussy.

Murder at the Manor

Murder at the Manor

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

New edition of the ninth title in the bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series including a map, cast of characters and a bonus chapter of the next title in the series. Steeple Martin sleuth Libby Sarjeant and her partner Ben are hosting a writers' weekend reunion at Ben's family home, The Manor, when a body is discovered in the grounds. Even though Scotland Yard are on the case, Libby feels impelled to investigate a murder on her home patch. Their enquiries take Libby and her psychic investigator friend Fran Castle to historic Dorset, where they uncover a complex web of writers' jealousies that has further tragic consequences before Libby uses all her wiles to get at the truth.

Murder at the Laurels

Murder at the Laurels

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

New edition of the bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series that includes a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and bonus chapter from the next title in the series. Steeple 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 persuasion to start investigating, even if she doesn't see herself as Miss Marple. They discover surprising links to Fran's own past but, as the murders multiply and the police take over, can the amateur sleuths keep on the trail?

Murder by the Sea

Murder by the Sea

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

Fourth title in the bestselling Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series. This new edition contains a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter from the next title in the series. Psychic investigator Fran Castle gets a request from the police to help when a body is discovered on a rocky island in the middle of Nethergate Bay. Libby Sarjeant, Fran's sleuthing partner, is on the case too, as they delve into the shameful world of the exploitation of illegal immigrants. Libby's partner Ben is concerned that her occasionally over-enthusiastic investigations might get her into trouble: his worries seem justified as Libby and Fran get on the trail of a war-time fascist spy and they become a nuisance to a killer.

Murder in Bloom

Murder in Bloom

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

New edition of this bestselling murder mystery series that includes a map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter of the next book in the series. Middle-aged artist-come-investigator Libby Sarjeant's son Adam has uncovered a body with his rotovator in Creekmarsh Place, where he is working as a gardener for TV personality Lewis Osbourne-Walker. The police seem to think there is no connection with the current owner but Libby, naturally, can't just leave it at that. With her psychic friend Fran's mind on other things, Libby has to go it alone. A murder in London inspires the police to dig deeper and Libby, determined to help her new friend Lewis, stirs up more mud than Adam's rotovator.

Murder Imperfect

Murder Imperfect

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2012

The seventh title in the Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series based in the fictional village of Steeple Martin, Kent. New edition includes map of Steeple Martin, cast of characters and a bonus chapter from the next title in the series. When sleuth-come-pantomime director Libby Serjeant learns of threatening letters sent to Cy, a friend of her friend Harry, at first she assumes it's just anti-gay prejudice. With her partner Ben having moved in to her cottage, and son Adam also at home nursing a broken leg, as well as having the panto to cope with, Libby is at first reluctant to get involved. However, when murder follows, Libby and her psychic investigator friend Fran are drawn into another investigation in which the shadows of the past have a dramatic effect on the present, with dangerous consequences for them both.

How to Write a Pantomime

How to Write a Pantomime

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2007

There are thousands of pantomimes staged throughout the world every year, most of them in Britain. Most groups, whether they be amateur drama societies, schools, Women's Institutes or Village Hall committees are constantly on the lookout for something fresh and original. This is often a matter of economics, as professional pantomimes can be costly in terms of performing rights, let alone the cost of scripts. This book is aimed at those people who take part in this increasingly popular hobby, and at the writer who wishes to write a pantomime, either for a local group, or, indeed, for mass publication.

Murder in Steeple Martin

Murder in Steeple Martin

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2006

New edition includes map of Steeple Martin, list of characters and free bonus chapter from the next title in the bestselling Libby Sarjeant Murder Mystery series. Artist and ex-actress Libby Sarjeant is busy directing a play for the opening of a new theatre in her village when one of her cast is found murdered. The play, written by her friend Peter, is based on real events in his family, disturbing and mysterious, which took place in the village during the last war. As the investigation into the murder begins to uncover a tangled web of relationships in the village, it seems that the events dramatised in the play still cast a long shadow, dark enough to inspire murder. Libby's natural nosiness soon leads her into the thick of the investigation, but is she too close to Peter's family, and in particular his cousin Ben, to be able to recognise the murderer?

Sexy Shorts for Christmas

Sexy Shorts for Christmas

Author: Lesley Cookman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2003

Sexy Shorts for Christmas is packed full of fun, raunchy reads by top international writers such as Robert Barnard, Katie Fforde, Jo Mazelis and Christina Jones. A true `feel good' and `do good' book - each copy sold will raise GBP1 for Breast Cancer Campaign. Aimed at the mainstream women's fiction market the book will attract readers familiar with the authors and those who enjoy the growing women's short fiction magazine market. Sexy Shorts for Christmas is a seasonal book with great stocking filler appeal. Full list of contributors in alphabetical order: Carolyn Agosta, Robert Barnard, Lynne Barrett-Lee, Tina Brown, Lesley Cookman, Hazel Cushion, Sue Dukes, Katie Fforde, Liza Granville, Jeanette Groark, Bill Harris, Rosie Harris, Christina Jones, Jan Jones, Bernardine Kennedy, Sara MacDonald, Caroline Mackworth-Praed, Jo Mazelis, Linda Mitchelmore, Sue Moorcroft, Biddy Nelson, Sarah Salway, David Wass, Jane Wenham-Jones, Pam Weaver, Sophie Weston, Liz Young.

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