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Murder Before Evensong

(The first book in the Canon Clement Mystery series)
A novel by

"I've been waiting for a novel with vicars, rude old ladies, murder and sausage dogs... et voila!" Dawn French

This first in a new series is a charming, warm and witty tale of secrets and murder set among the parishioners of a quaint English village. The No.1
Sunday Times bestselling crime novel, perfect for fans of Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club series.

'Whodunnit fans can give praise and rejoice'

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 pruning shears.

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.

A delightful, cosy murder mystery with a sharp edge from the bestselling author.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"Perfect for those who like their cosy crime to have a cutting edge." - Ben Aaronovitch

"Champton joins St Mary Mead and Midsomer in the great atlas of fictional English villages where the crimes are as dastardly as the residents delightful. Canon Daniel Clement must solve mysteries temporal and theological while surviving his parishioners tender ministries. Delightful! And only Richard Coles could pull this off so joyfully and with such style. Biscuit-thieving Cosmo, too, will soon have his own fan club." - Damian Barr

"I've been waiting for a novel with vicars, rude old ladies, murder and sausage dogs ... et voila!" - Dawn French

"Murder Before Evensong has all the elements that make up a classic detective story: a pitch-perfect setting, a genuine puzzle, a gruesome murder (or more) and engaging characters. I enjoyed it very much." - Philip Pullman

"The Reverend Richard Coles gives us a serpent in England's pastoral Eden - and whodunit fans can give praise and rejoice." - Ian Rankin

"Glorious." - Robert Webb

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