The cover of Murder at the Gorge by Frances Evesham

Murder at the Gorge by Frances Evesham is the seventh book in the Exham-on-Sea Murder Mystery series.

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for sending me an Advanced Review Copy of Murder at the Gorge in return for an honest review.

Earlier this year I read the A Village Murder by Frances Evesham (the first book in the Ham-Hill Mysteries series), so I am delighted to take part in the tour for her latest book, Murder at the Gorge.

One of the villagers in Exham receives a strange anonymous email with a nursery rhyme. A few days later, she is found dead — pushed from the Clifton Suspension Bridge (the bridge on the cover!). Meanwhile, Max’s ex-wife has also received a nursery rhyme and some concerning photographs from a stalker. Libby and Max are amateur investigators and help the police with their enquiries. Can they figure out the identity of the Nursery Rhyme Killer before it’s too late?

Murder at the Gorge is released today (17th November 2020) and is available in Kindle, paperback and audiobook from Amazon.

My review

This is the first book in the Exham-on-Sea Murder Mystery series that I’ve read, but I found this book easy to follow. I really enjoyed it and I definitely will be checking out the previous books in the series to catch up. While there are references to events from the previous books, this all was done in character and felt very natural. There was no big ‘info dump’ about the previous murder mysteries!

The main characters of Libby and Max are fantastic! I really took to them both straight away. Their relationship felt very loving and realistic. I really like reading realistic, loving relationships in books and you can feel their chemistry come across really well! I also loved their two dogs, Bear and Shipley, who also feel very realistic with different personalities! There is also a great cast of side characters alongside Libby and Max — both eccentric older characters as well as younger characters.

The story itself was a great read. It moves along at a good pace with the perfect combination of character-driven elements alongside the mystery. A lot of the mystery involves technology, as Max is an expert in IT security. I liked this element, which gives the cozy murder mystery genre a very modern twist.

Overall, Murder at the Gorge is a must-read for fans of murder mysteries. I instantly warmed to the main characters of Libby and Max, and was rooting for them throughout the book. It’s well paced, with a fantastic modern twist on the traditional murder plot — the perfect read for rainy evenings!

The blurb for Murder at the Gorge

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.

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The author of Murder at the Gorge, Frances EveshamAbout the author, Frances Evesham

Frances Evesham is the author of the hugely successful Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries set in her home county of Somerset. In her spare time, she collects poison recipes and other ways of dispatching her unfortunate victims. She likes to cook with a glass of wine in one hand and a bunch of chillies in the other, her head full of murder―fictional only.

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Murder at the Gorge is released today (17th November 2020) and is available in Kindle, paperback and audiobook from Amazon.

Blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources

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