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Frances Evesham is a British bestselling author of mystery, particularly historical mystery and cozy mystery novels.

She is best known for writing the Exham On Sea Cosy Crime Mysteries, which is set in a tiny seaside town that is quite similar to her home.

Frances was inspired to write Murder at the Lighthouse(2015), the first book of the series, when she found an isolated nine-legged Victorian lighthouse while taking a walk on a serene Somerset beach.

A keen lover of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Murder She Wrote, and the traditional whodunnits with exciting puzzles, Frances is all about amateur sleuths and villains paying for their crimes.

An author of Agatha Christie-like murder mysteries, Frances enjoys cooking while drinking a glass of wine whenever she is free.

More about Frances Evesham

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery, Mystery

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • An Independent Woman (2014)
  • Danger At Thatcham Hall (2015)


  1. Mosaic: A Colourful Collection of Short Stories (2017)

Exham On Sea Cosy Crime Mysteries

  1. Murder At the Lighthouse (2015)
  2. Murder On the Levels (2016)
  3. Murder On the Tor (2017)
  4. Murder At the Cathedral (2017)
  5. Murder at the Bridge (2017)
  6. Murder at the Castle (2020)
  7. Murder at the Gorge (2020)
  8. Murder at the Abbey (2021)

Ham Hill Murder Mysteries

  1. A Village Murder (2020)
  2. A Racing Murder (2021)
  3. A Harvest Murder (2022)


  1. Ben's Underground Adventure (2019)
  2. Dragon Ring (2020)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

An Independent Woman

Historical mystery romance set in a grand Victorian country house.

With nothing left from her childhood except a tiny portrait of a beautiful woman, some skill with a needle, and the knowledge of a dreadful secret, Philomena escapes her tormentor, Joseph, and the dank fogs of Victorian London, only for a train crash to interrupt her quest for independence and freedom.

Trapped between the upstairs and downstairs occupants of the great country house, Philomena hears whispers of the mysteries and lies that lurk in empty corridors and behind closed doors. Her rescuer, the dangerous, enigmatic Hugh, Lord Thatcham, wrestles with his own demons and makes Philomena's heart race, but she must fight her passion for she can never marry.

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1628303902
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Danger At Thatcham Hall

Ambitious lawyer Nelson Roberts, embittered by war, jilted by his fiancée, and trusting no one, aims to make his name solving the mysterious thefts and violence at Thatcham Hall, a country house in Victorian England.

Olivia Martin, headstrong and talented, will stop at nothing to overcome the conventions of the day, avoid a miserable fate as a governess and fulfill dreams of a musical future.

The pair stumble on a body. Is the farmhand's death a simple accident, or something more sinister? Who attacked the livestock at the Hall and why are the villagers so reluctant to talk? Can Nelson and Olivia overcome their differences and join forces to unravel the web of evil that imperils the Hall?

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1509201969
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


Mosaic: A Colourful Collection of Short Stories

Love short stories?

Romance, women's fiction, murder mystery or children's stories: you'll find all these, so put your feet up and enjoy fifteen quick clean reads, free from graphic sex, violence or obscene language.

Featured authors:

Sheila Daglish

Frances Evesham

Patricia Fawcett

Mary Gaul

Lucy Harper

Anne Holman

Holly Rye

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1979544894
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Exham On Sea Cosy Crime Mysteries

Murder At the Lighthouse

Have you ever found a body on the beach?

Recently widowed Libby Forest arrives in the small coastal town of Exham on Sea, keen to start a new life baking cakes and designing chocolates.

Walking on the beach one stormy autumn day, Libby and excitable Springer Spaniel ‘Shipley’ discover a dead body under the lighthouse. Convinced the death was no accident, Libby teams up with Max Ramshore, an attractive local resident, and Bear, a huge sheepdog, to confront indifference from the community and unmask the killer.

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1530020232
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Murder On the Levels

Libby's chocolates sell like hot cakes… until people die.

When a group of cyclists, all customers at the bakery in small town Exham on Sea, are poisoned, suspicion falls on the shop itself, and Libby’s food.

In partnership with attractive, blue-eyed Max Ramshore and his huge sheepdog, Bear, Libby Forest sets out to uncover the poisoner and save the bakery.

But who can she trust when even her deceased husband wasn’t all he seemed?

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1800480155
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Murder On the Tor

A ruthless killer. An ancient curse. A secret past.

When Libby Forest finds a body early one morning in mist surrounding Glastonbury Tor, she will need all her ingenuity to unscramble the threads of past myths and present secrets to discover the truth.

Meanwhile, with the help of the enigmatic Max Ramshore, can Libby uncover the whole truth of her husband's death and find peace in her new life?

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1543145007
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Murder At the Cathedral

Could your best friend be a killer?

When a body is discovered in Wells Cathedral Library, Libby Forest’s best friend Angela Miles becomes the prime suspect.

The last thing Libby needs is another investigation. but with the help of Bear, the beloved Carpathian Sheepdog, and her partner, Max Ramshore, Libby’s determined to uncover the murderer and clear her friend’s name.

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1978160408
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Murder at the Bridge

A summer wedding, a stolen heirloom, an eccentric aunt. What could possibly go wrong?

When a suspicious death follows a country wedding, Libby Forest’s instincts tell her there's something deeply amiss in the picturesque villages of Exmoor.

Alongside her on-off partner Max Ramshore, Libby delves deeper into the mysterious goings on in Horton as a sinister new acquaintance casts a foreboding shadow over Libby’s investigations.

As people begin to disappear, it’s a race against time to uncover the Exmoor secrets before it’s too late.

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1978242913
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Murder at the Castle

Libby Forest is hot on the trail of the killer when disaster strikes closer to home.

The sudden death of an elderly volunteer at Dunster Castle rocks the Castle’s ancient calm to its core leaving members of the local History Society devastated. When the finger is pointed at a fellow volunteer, his wife Margery fears her husband of forty years may be the killer.

Libby Forest, in partnership with Max Ramshore and their two much-loved dogs, Bear and Shipley are determined to find the castle killer – no matter who it may be.

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1800480322
Publisher: Boldwood Books
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.

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1800480452
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Murder at the Abbey

An unsolved murder echoes down the corridors of Cleeve Abbey for years.

The Exham-on-Sea’s History Society's annual summer picnic comes to an abrupt end when human bones are discovered in Washford River, beside historic Cleeve Abbey.

Thrilled to find evidence of a possible centuries-old murder mystery, the members of the society organise a ghost-hunting night in the ruins of Cleeve Abbey, despite amateur sleuth Libby Forest's reservations.

Libby is a woman of many talents, a baker, chocolatier, even a reluctant sleuth, but she's no fan of the supernatural.and her doubts are justified when a friend is attacked under cover of darkness at the ghost-hunt.

Distressed and angry, Libby sets out with her new husband Max and their two dogs Bear and Shipley to uncover the connection between the murder of a sixteenth century monk and a present-day attack in picturesque Somerset.

With friends and neighbours as suspects, Libby and Max close in on the culprit only to find that others are still in danger.

There's no time to lose as the sins of the past threaten lives in the community.

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1800480551
Publisher: Boldwood Books

Ham Hill Murder Mysteries

A Village Murder

An English village can be deadly, when your past catches up with you...

In the beautiful rural Somerset village of Lower Hembrow, crammed full with English eccentrics, something is amiss...

Landscape gardener Imogen Bishop has spent the last thirty years trying to forget one fateful school night but when her estranged husband Greg Bishop is found dead in the grounds of her fathers' Georgian hotel, danger threatens to overwhelm her.

Retired police officer Adam Hennessey, hoping for a peaceful life running his traditional Somerset country pub, finds himself drawn into the unfolding drama in the hotel across the road.

Imogen, Adam and Harley the stray dog form an unlikely partnership as they try to untangle a knot of secrets, solve a murder mystery, and bring a killer to justice.

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1800480643
Publisher: Boldwood Books
A Racing Murder

A winning horse. A fierce rivalry. A sudden death.

Belinda Sandford thrills to the cheers of the crowd as her beautiful grey racehorse, ‘Butterfly Charm’, thunders past the finishing post first at Wincanton Racecourse. She feels like the luckiest girl in the world.

But joy soon turns to despair as a stewards’ enquiry overturns the result and awards the race to her long-time rival, Alexandra Deacon.

When Alex is found dead in suspicious circumstances, a host of accusing eyes turn to Belinda and her distraught mother begs Adam Hennessy, her neighbor, retired police officer and publican, to help clear her daughter’s name.

As Adam, and local hotelier Imogen Bishop, dig deep into the murky and powerful undercurrents of the horse racing world, they lay bare the lives and loves of local jockeys, grooms, trainers and owners.

They soon uncover a web of secrets hidden within the spectacular Somerset countryside as they strive to find the killer in time to prevent more murders.

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1800480728
Publisher: Boldwood Books
A Harvest Murder

One unexplained disappearance is strange, but two are sinister.

In Lower Hembrow, an idyllic village nestled beneath Ham Hill in Somerset, the villagers are preparing to enjoy the autumn traditions of the rural English countryside until Joe Trevillion, a curmudgeonly local farmer and the father of six children, vanishes.

When Adam Hennessy, the ex-detective proprietor of The Plough, the village's popular Inn, investigates, he finds ominous undercurrents beneath apparently harmless rumour and gossip.

Meanwhile, a vicious campaign of vindictiveness forces Adam and his three amateur sleuth friends to dig deep into the secret lives of their neighbors to expose the source of a cruel vendetta and prevent another death.

As they uncover the disturbing truth, the friends learn they must also lay their own past lives to rest before they can hope to make their dreams for the future come true.

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1800480803
Publisher: Boldwood Books


Ben's Underground Adventure

The country's in danger, but no one knows......until Ben goes underground. Old Mrs Bundle's heart breaks when thieves steal her most treasured possession. Ben and his friends need courage and surprising talents as they race to foil a crazy plot and save the country. If you're looking for a mystery adventure story with plenty of action, for children aged seven to ten, buy Ben's Underground Adventure now and find out whether he can save the day...

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1075150548
Publisher: Independently published
Dragon Ring

Dragons aren't real...or are they?

The dragon's ring is Arkan’s most precious possession. It keeps him alive. But one day, it's stolen, and Thomas must save his friend from a terrible fate.

Thomas needs brainpower, courage, and magic to take on Wicked Wilf, the pirate, in a night-time race to find the dragon ring.

Can Thomas save Arkan, defeat Wicked Wilf, and be home in time for tea?

Author: Frances Evesham
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 979-8565788990
Publisher: Independently published