by Lesley Cookman
16th in Series
Publisher: Accent Press (March 24, 2016)
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
SynopsisMax 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 seriousness of the incidents 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?
About This Author
A former actor, model and freelance journalist, Lesley Cookman lives on the Kent coast in the UK, has four musicians as children, two small grandchildren and two cats, Lady Godiva and Gloria. All 14 of her Libby Sarjeant books have reached number one in their genre charts on Amazon UK.
Where are you from? Originally London, now Kent in England.
Tell us your latest news? My latest book, the sixteenth in the Libby Sarjeant Mystery series, came out on March 24th, and the first in a new series of novellas, The Alexandrians, came out on Boxing Day, 2015.
When and why did you begin writing? I wrote stories for myself and friends when I was at school, but I didn’t start writing seriously until I started feature writing for trade publications over thirtyfive years ago.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I suppose it grew on me gradually. I was earning my living as a writer from the early eighties, but I think I called myself a journalist, then.
What inspired you to write your first book? I’d had ideas that wanted to become books, but I’ve always been paid for writing, so I was unwilling to devote a huge amount of time to writing a full length novel which may, or may not, earn any money. The first in the Libby Sarjeant series started out as a dissertation when I was doing a Master’s Degree. The woman who became my publisher asked if she could see more of it – and there wasn’t any more! But she bought it anyway, so I finished it, and the rest is history.
Do you have a specific writing style? Chatty, possibly?
How did you come up with the title?Titles always start with “Murder” so the rest of the title has to reflect, if possible, the content of the story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I don’t think so, unless it’s “please don’t kill anyone!”
What would you like my readers to know? I don’t know! Do you think they’d like to know anything else? I have four grown up children, all of whom are musicians and one of whom is a writer – a published poet. I have two very young grandchildren and a cat, I’m a trained actor and still work in my local theatre occasionally. Thank you for having me!
Webpage – http://www.lesleycookman.co.uk/
Blog – http://lesleycookman.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/news
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SteepleMartinMysteries?fref=ts
Twitter – @LesleyCookman
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