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Summary

A joke? A prank? Or something more sinister?

When the Exham-on-Sea residents are targeted by anonymous emails containing apparently harmless nursery rhymes, no one knows whether to laugh or shudder until an unexplained death touches the town.

Libby Forest, baker, chocolatier and Exham’s very own resident private investigator, alongside her partner Max Ramshore, set out to solve the puzzle before more people die. But when Max’s ex-wife arrives on the scene, ahead of Max and Libby's long-awaited nuptials, things go from bad to worse.

With the town and their relationship under threat, Max and Libby need the help of the Exham History Society if they're going to find the nursery rhyme killer in time.

Murder at the Gorge is the seventh in a series of Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries set at the small English seaside town full of quirky characters, sea air and gossip.

If you love Agatha Christie-style mysteries, cosy crime, clever dogs and cake, then you'll love these intriguing whodunnits.

©2020 Frances Evesham (P)2020 Boldwood Books

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Murder, mystery, and beautiful Somerset. Flawless.

"Murder at the Gorge" is an excellent ending to this brilliant series. I fell in love with Libby, Max, Bear and Shipley, and the fictional town of Exham-on-Sea. I've never been to this part of Somerset but now, inspired by this wonderful series, I can't wait to go and enjoy the beauties of Dunster Castle, Minehead, Watchet, and everything else the area has to offer.
In the final instalment of the Exham-on-Sea Mysteries, Libby and Max tackle another case - one that hits dangerously close to home and ties the whole series together. Just like the previous books, it's beautifully written, well-plotted, sharp, yet cosy and narrated with such gentleness and compassion.
Charlotte Streven's reading is absolutely flawless and makes the book even better.
I've enjoyed the whole series so much that I almost feel a little sad I've reached the end of Libby and Max's adventures. Luckily, there are more cosy mystery novels by Frances Evesham that I'll be diving into very soon.

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Excellent story

A really good easy listening mystery. Well read, good characters. The only issue I have is with audible. This was obviously part of a series as other cases and people were mentioned of which I had no clue about. This is always happening when I read the blurb it doesn’t state anywhere that this is book # in a series of #. It is most annoying audible. Sort it out.

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perfectly pleasant

I bought this because I live near Bristol and have enjoyed Agatha Christie. this is a pleasant enough amble, with never an opportunity for a cliche missed, that is like an undemanding walk in Leigh Woods. The dialogue is afternoon tv.

Like Mrs Christie there is a full denouement in the final chapters for those who have not been paying attention throughout.

The reader is excellent.

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An entertaining cosy crime story

If you like cosy crime this will be right up your street.
I think it was marginally spoilt for me by the narrator, who would be best placed reading childrens audio books.

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Love this series

Love this cosy crime series, I’ve got every single one enjoy the continuing story. More please!

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A great cozy crime mystery with likeable characters. It was easy to engage with the story and the characters - a very enjoyable read.

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Love this series

This is such a great series. I love the characters of Max and Libby as well as their animal friends. The stories are well plotted. I would describe these books as cozy mysteries with a bit of bite.

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Sickly sweet

Forgot the narrator is so sickly sweet, like a patronising elderly grandma. Story fits her voice, that's why I avoid anything narrated by her.

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t enjoyable

an enjoyable cosy murder yarn with one or two nice twists to log you from your nap. Enjoyed it enough that km looking for another by this author

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Another good mystery in this series

Easy to follow ,good characters & plot.Have enjoyed all of the stores in this series.

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  • 19-10-21

Light, Interesting Murder Mystery

This is not my typical style of mystery, but it kept me interested with nicely developed characters and pleasant narration. I'd read another of Evesham's mysteries and find her style to offer a nice break from some of the heavier subject matter contained in my regular repertoire of often brooding and intense psychological thrillers. That said, I genuinely enjoy her writing style and would recommend this as a nice, light, satisfying read. Recommend.

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  • 02-10-21

Complex excitement with relaxing style

There may have been too many complexities thrown into the story but it flowed well and all mysteries were completely cleared up in the end. I enjoy the way the dogs are utilized in the series to provide a stabilizing and de-stressing influence on the plot and the characters and longed to see more of them in this story. I liked the reference to Nancy Drew and this series does have that old timeNancy Drew like feel to it.

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  • Cathie Byers
  • 18-10-21

Wow, very good story!

I really enjoyed listening to this story. A lot of suspense in the story line. I was on the edge of my seat.

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  • Scotty P
  • 27-04-22

Super fun

I really liked the book it was really fun and I had no idea who did it until the end I hope you all enjoy to

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  • 22-10-21

easy listening

loved the story and characters. always wanted to live in a small village
enjoyed very much

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  • roseanna banana
  • 15-10-21

very good mystery.

I really enjoyed this book. I've always enjoyed a good mystery and this one had many great twists and turns. The characters were interesting and most had very good personalities. The description of the gorge was down right scary. Frances Evesham has a great series going here. Charlotte Strevensdoes a fabulous job narrating these books.

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  • Coby
  • 11-10-21

Fun and entertaining

Love the English setting, the dogs and the mystery. The narrator definitely makes the story so much better.

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  • barbara
  • 06-10-21

Murder at the Gorge

Really love these murder stories, especially while doing my hobbies. Definitely will be listening to more of them. The characters and narration are very good.

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  • Stella
  • 22-06-22

Good one!

A reliable easy read. Like an old friend come to visit. I really enjoy the narration.

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  • Nancy L. Jaeger
  • 13-06-22

Fun stories, but too much stereotyping

I’ve listened to two of these Frances Evesham stories now and while both of them were enjoyable stories, it bothered me that the women were frequently portrayed as “gossiping” and that the married women seemed to be petrified that the single women were after their husbands. Those just seem like outdated clichés that shouldn’t be appearing anymore in books set in the 2020s.