Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT MURDER ON THE TOR by @FrancesEvesham #Mystery #Fridayreads

Today’s team review is from Karen, she blogs at

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Karen has been reading Murder on the Tor by Frances Evesham


My Opinion

When not creating fancy chocolates, Libby Forest loves to roam about with Bear; a strange encounter and a death at the Tor are just the beginning of another set of mysteries to be solved. In addition, there is still the matter of her late husband Trevor and his participation in fraud.

With Murder on the Tor, Frances Evesham has created a nicely woven suspense story with local flair. The story comprises a broad variety of lovingly elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions to solve the murder case. This book intensified my feeling of being home, an invisible inhabitant of Exham on Sea. I was as keen on solving the open issues as Libby herself. I had a great time reading Murder on the Tor – it is a very enjoyable read. I was drawn into the story right away, enjoying the Exham on Sea flair. Libby, Mandy, Fuzzy and Bear are likeable characters – I am looking forward to reading more about them and the mysteries they are going to face.

This is for you if you like shorter reads, female sleuths, cosy suspense, pets and seaside towns, and the Midsomer Murders.

A suspenseful easy read in a series to watch out for.

Highly recommended.

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Today’s Team review is from Cathy, she blogs at

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4.5* out of 5*

If you’ve been following the Exham on Sea Mysteries you’ll know that Libby Forest always manages, however rashly, to be in the thick of the action. This story is no exception. About to walk up Glastonbury Tor with Bear, the huge Carpathian sheepdog, who now belongs to handsome and still secretive Max Ramshore. Before Libby and Bear could begin their walk a heavy mist falls, obscuring the Tor. As Bear disappears into the mist Libby hears a howl. Reluctantly following Bear she eventually breaks through the mist into bright sunshine and sees a young girl who disappears as Libby turns to speak to her. With a frightened Bear and an Amber necklace, which Libby finds in the muddy ground, she makes her way back down the Tor. Nearing the bottom of the hill, Libby sees Detective Sergeant Joe Ramshore, Max’s son, along with several other policemen. They’d had a call about a dead man on the Tor.

Libby and Max’s suspicious are roused when they discover the body on the Tor is that of a local photographer whose exhibition Max was going to attend the next day. The death is being classed as a suicide. Joe Ramshore has his doubts and tacitly agrees to Max and Libby following their own lines of enquiry.

A well paced story with a detailed plot, written in a natural, flowing style. Libby and Max’s shaky relationship takes a backward step when Max seems more reticent than ever and Libby doesn’t understand why. The two amateur sleuths uncover more than they bargain for, and discover the murder on the Tor is a small part of a much bigger picture, as they delve into dangerous secrets from the past, involving Libby’s late husband and members of the community.

This is my favourite of the stories so far, the characters are developing and the fact the murder uncovers years of criminal activities gives it depth. The guilty parties deserve their comeuppance and I love the role Bear plays in the story. Again, I’m very familiar with, and love, the setting. I’ve walked up the Tor and it’s one of those places that does have its own unique atmosphere, which could be influenced by the weather. I can imagine how creepy it would feel to be wandering around in the mist. Love the cover image too.

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Today’s team review is from Jenny, she blogs at

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Jenny has been reading Murder On The Tor by Frances Evesham


Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber’s Review Team.
Murder on the Tor is the latest Exham on Sea Mystery by Frances Evesham. There are two previous titles and they can be read as standalones or as part of a series. Murder on the Tor is well-paced and written in an easy conversational style. It has an intricate plot involving amber beads, a glimpse of the seventies, dangerous jealousies and homemade chocolates, all set in the glorious Devon countryside.

Our two detectives, Libby and Max, continue their tentative romance from an earlier story, while following a trail of confusing clues about a new murder. In the end, the mist lifts and the truth is revealed, not only about the Murder on the Tor, but also about Libby’s deceased husband, Trevor and his gang of crooked friends.

My favourite character has to be Bear, the gentle giant of a dog. The account of how Bear manages to help a young girl communicate is very touching. For readers looking for a quick cosy mystery – with hidden depths – I thoroughly recommend this delightful read.

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Today’s Team Review is from Liz, she blogs at

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Liz has been reading Murder On The Tor by Frances Evesham

Murder on the Tor by Frances Evesham

Murder on the Tor is the third of Frances Evesham’s Exham-on-sea mysteries.   Once again Libby Forest’s life is interrupted by a crime on her doorstep. While walking Bear, the Carpathian sheepdog, for her friend Max, she finds herself lost in the mist on Glastonbury Tor. Briefly she meets a little girl and then she finds an old beaded necklace. Headed down the slope she is alarmed to encounter Detective Sergeant Joe Ramshore, Max’s son, who treats her with his usual exasperation. A body has been found and he implies that she has something to do with it.

Once Libby and Max realise that the apparent suicide is a photographer whose work is about to be exhibited locally, they decide to resume their investigations. Libby is upset that Max is not as warm as he used to be. Is their relationship going nowhere? Have the illegal activities of her deceased husband caused Max to step back?

The serious nature of the dangerous probing into past deeds is lightened by the actions of some of the other characters; Mandy, the out of place Goth, Marina, Libby’s “friend” who is too lazy to walk her own dog and Jemima Blackwell, the eccentric retired Classics teacher, whom they catch stealing photographs.

Libby is a foolhardy heroine which adds to the excitement of an eventful plot and the culprits are well chosen. The cast of colourful characters are a lively backdrop and the reader is tantalised by more information about Libby’s former husband.

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