Murder Before Evensong

Murder Before Evensong

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Hardback Published on: 09/06/2022
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The first novel in the Reverend Richard Coles' Canon Clement Mystery series

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.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474612630
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 595g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 36 mm

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Murder Before Evensong
Village Life! Be Afraid!
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, it obviously flew straight to the top of the to be read towers. This is a cleverly plotted cosy cri... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Murder Before Evensong
A great debut
This book has been a long time coming. Originally announced in 2019 if I remember correctly, circumstances understandably delayed the book until now. I t... READ MORE
Book collector
Murder Before Evensong
A delightful cosy murder mystery that won’t disappoint!
This is a delightful cosy murder mystery, the first in a series featuring Canon Daniel Clement. Set in the parish of Champton St Mary, Richard Coles festoo... READ MORE
Mrs G Librarian
Murder Before Evensong
Rev Coles' Debut
As soon as I heard that Richard Coles was writing a crime mystery I eagerly anticipated it and I wasn’t disappointed. Featuring Canon Daniel Clement, the ... READ MORE
Helen J
Murder Before Evensong
The author’s character shines through
When I found out that the Reverend Richard Coles had written a work of fiction, I knew I wanted to read it immediately. I find the author intelligent and q... READ MORE
Jennifer James
Murder Before Evensong
Not A Convert
'Murder Before Evensong' centres on the village of Champton which is pulled from it's sleepy lethargy when several murders are committed. Canon Daniel Cle... READ MORE
Murder Before Evensong
A struggle to read
This was a struggle. There is a good story at the heart of this book, unfortunately, it gets lost. First thing I would like to say is that the Reverend Ri... READ MORE
Gail Williams
Murder Before Evensong
Very Good
The village of Champton is the home of Canon Daniel Clement; he is at the Rectory there as is his mum, Audrey. The peace is disturbed when Daniel makes kno... READ MORE
Bridget East
Murder Before Evensong
A very enjoyable "cosy"
The Reverend Richard Coles has many strings to his bow. He had a number one hit single with the Communards; he is an ordained priest; he’s been on Celebrit... READ MORE
Colin Edwards
Murder Before Evensong
Never trust a sleepy village
I admire Rev Richard Coles and loved the Communards so of course this jumped straight to the top of my pile. To be honest I struggled initially to wade thr... READ MORE
T Edwards
Murder Before Evensong
So cosy!
The village of Champton is the traditional bucolic English pastoral home of a cliched cast of characters. The Lord of the manor reigns benignly and the li... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
Murder Before Evensong
An entertaining and easy read
Having read a review and listened to the author being interviewed on the radio, I decided this would be a relaxing book to take on holiday. And so it prove... READ MORE
Oundle Crime
Murder Before Evensong
I remember and love the Communards...
... but I have struggled through the first 100 pages and the professional detective has just made an appearance. Given this is the case, I am already find... READ MORE
Linda Jones
Murder Before Evensong
Enjoyable to the last page!
My title says it all, apart from a bit of a slow start it is fabulous. More of a cosy crime story, which I prefer to some of modern crime writing. I want t... READ MORE
Hannah Wauchope
Murder Before Evensong
Thoughtful cosy mystery that isn't for everyone but has potential
It’s spring 1988. Canon Daniel Clement has been Rector of Champton in the West Midlands for 8 years, having moved there from a parish in London. He is ha... READ MORE
Murder Before Evensong
Murder Before Evensong
Canon Daniel Clement works hard to keep the community together after the village are divided over his announcement of the need to install a lavatory in the... READ MORE
Jane loves to read
Murder Before Evensong
Terrific cosy mystery
Canon Daniel Clement is happy in his parish. His mother keeps him company & his parishioners keep him busy. In efforts to make the church more comfortable... READ MORE
Maggie Macdonald
Murder Before Evensong
Fun but not thrilling
I started reading this on holiday in June, and released that I needed a break from all things Church, even the imaginary world of Canon Clement in the 80s ... READ MORE
Hannah Gordon