Murder Before Evensong

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781474612654

Price: £16.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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The first novel in the Reverend Richard Coles’ Canon Clement Mystery series

‘I’ve been waiting for a novel with vicars, rude old ladies, murder and sausage dogs … et voila!’
Dawn French

‘Whodunnit fans can give praise and rejoice’
Ian Rankin

‘A warm funny joy from start to finish’
Sarah Millican

‘You’ll want to take a front row pew in Champton while this delicious series unfolds’
Janice Hallett

‘An absolute joy from cover to cover – funny, clever and wonderfully plotted. Praise be!’
Adam Kay

Murder Before Evensong has all the elements that make up a classic detective story: a pitch-perfect setting, a genuine puzzle, a gruesome murder (or more) and engaging characters. I enjoyed it very much’
Philip Pullman

‘Glorious’
Robert Webb

‘Perfect for those who like their cosy crime to have a cutting edge’
Ben Aaronovitch

‘Champton joins St Mary Mead and Midsomer in the great atlas of fictional English villages where the crimes are as dastardly as the residents delightful. Only Richard Coles could pull this off so joyfully and with such style’
Damian Barr


Canon Daniel Clement is Rector of Champton. He has been there for eight years, living at the Rectory alongside his widowed mother – opinionated, fearless, ever-so-slightly annoying Audrey – and his two dachshunds, Cosmo and Hilda.

When Daniel announces a plan to install a lavatory in church, the parish is suddenly (and unexpectedly) divided: as lines are drawn, long-buried secrets come dangerously close to destroying the apparent calm of the village.

And then Anthony Bowness – cousin to Bernard de Floures, patron of Champton – is found dead at the back of the church, stabbed in the neck with a pair of secateurs.

As the police moves in and the bodies start piling up, Daniel is the only one who can try and keep his fractured community together… and catch a killer.

Reviews

I've been waiting for a novel with vicars, rude old ladies, murder and sausage dogs ... et voila!
Dawn French
Murder Before Evensong has all the elements that make up a classic detective story: a pitch-perfect setting, a genuine puzzle, a gruesome murder (or more) and engaging characters. I enjoyed it very much.
Philip Pullman
Glorious.
Robert Webb
Richard Coles is one of the most sparkling, entertaining, clever and lovable people in public life, as rare and precious to British culture as a Norman cathedral.
Victoria Coren Mitchell
Beautifully written and a warm funny joy from start to finish.
Sarah Millican
Champton joins St Mary Mead and Midsomer in the great atlas of fictional English villages where the crimes are as dastardly as the residents delightful. Canon Daniel Clement must solve mysteries temporal and theological while surviving his parishioners tender ministries. Delightful! And only Richard Coles could pull this off so joyfully and with such style. Biscuit-thieving Cosmo, too, will soon have his own fan club.
Damian Barr
The Reverend Richard Coles gives us a serpent in England's pastoral Eden - and whodunit fans can give praise and rejoice.
Ian Rankin
Perfect for those who like their cosy crime to have a cutting edge.
Ben Aaronovitch
Murder Before Evensong is like a walk in the country on a warm summer's evening... one during which your fellow ramblers can be murdered horribly at any moment. Canon Daniel Clement is an inscrutable and erudite detective, while four-legged sidekicks Hilda and Cosmo are his delightful foils. You'll want to take a front row pew in Champton while this delicious series unfolds.
Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal
An absolute joy from cover to cover - funny, clever and wonderfully plotted. Praise be!
Adam Kay

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