Set in Lower Hembrow, an idyllic village in Somerset, the series follows the sleuthing adventures of four middle-aged friends – Imogen, Steph, Adam and Dan.
Imogen, Steph and Dan were classmates and had spent most of their childhood in Lower Hembrow. When Imogen moved back to Lower Hembrow from London to take over her late father’s hotel, she met the local pub owner Adam.
Adam is an ex-detective, Steph a freelance reporter, Dan an artist and Imogen specializes in landscape gardening. The four friends had met when Imogen’s estranged husband had died under suspicious circumstances at the hotel. Adam, who had recently taken over The Plough, the village pub, had set about proving Imogen’s innocence of the crime. Steph and Dan had become entangled in the investigation, and they had discovered a knack for solving crimes.
We also have a bit of romance here. Adam has fallen for Steph while Imogen and Dan are in love with each other once again. Imogen and Dan liked each other as teenagers but their relationship came to an end when Imogen’s father fired Dan from his job.
#1: A Village Murder
A Village Murder is the first book in this series. Imogen’s estranged husband is found dead in the grounds of her father’s Gregorian hotel. All fingers point at Imogen. Adam, an ex-detective who has recently made Lower Hembrow his home, decides to help prove Imogen’s innocence.
#2: A Racing Murder
A Racing Murder is the second book in this series. Young Belinda loses her first racing match to her rival Alex. The same evening, Alex is found dead in a trough. Belinda becomes a suspect and her mother requests Adam to prove her daughter’s innocence.
#3: A Harvest Murder
A Harvest Murder is the third book in this series. Harvest season is around the corner and the villagers are gearing up for festivities. A local farmer goes missing and a week later, during the Apple Day event, someone drops dead. Meanwhile, someone is out to sabotage Adam’s life. Reason? Unknown.