I’m a British mystery author – categorised by Amazon as “Cozy”. My Libby Sarjeant series is set in the county of Kent in South East England, and my eponymous heroine lives in a village called Steeple Martin. She is a director of the Oast Theatre in the village, owned by her partner Ben, so a lot of her adventures involve productions at the theatre, but she gets involved in all sorts of strange situations, frequently where there is some kind of connection to a historical event.
Her partner in crime (!) is Fran, who is an occasional and reluctant psychic, and most of their conversations occur over cups of tea. Pots of it. And if it isn’t tea, it’s red wine, or possibly whisky, but if Fran’s driving back to her home in the little seaside town of Nethergate, she’ll have coffee.
Libby’s friend Harry, chef-patron of the Pink Geranium, a vegetarian Mexican restaurant in the village, keeps a pot of coffee going permanently on his old pour-over coffee machine, so Libby is always supplied with a large mugfull whenever she pops in to see him. Of course, she’s usually there long enough to have a glass of red wine as well.
Another meeting place for Libby and her group of friends is the pub, also in the high street. This is where Chief Detective Inspector Ian Connell frequently joins them on a Wednesday evening for an informal chat about the current case, and he always has coffee, of course! They also meet in the the foyer bar of the theatre, and many other village pubs all over my fictional area of Kent.
Libby’s drinking has prompted various reviewers to ask if Libby has – ahem – a problem, and one who said they were like Enid Blyton books with gin instead of ginger beer. (Enid Blyton being a famous old children’s author.) Another reviewer said “In this 7th book of the series Libby Sarjeant makes tea 59 (!!!) times”. It wasn’t a favourable review, and I wondered why he or she had bothered to count?
Libby has had thirteen adventures to date, and if you’d like to try them, start with the first one http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Steeple-Martin-Sarjeant-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0088OVJTQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=
Libby also likes cats (an essential for this sort of book!) and shares her house with Sidney, a silver tabby with attitude, while Fran shares hers with Balzac, a long haired black and white gentleman. If you want to find out any more about me or the books, please visit my website http://www.lesleycookman.co.uk where you will find links to my Facebook and Twitter pages and my (infrequent!) blog.