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City Books presents: Rev Richard Coles: Murder Before Evensong

In partnership with City Books, Hove, we are delighted to introduce the Reverend Richard Coles to Ropetackle, to launch his first novel MURDER BEFORE EVENSONG – the first in the 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 in the church, stabbed in the neck with a pair of secateurs. As the bodies start piling up, Canon Daniel attempts to keep his fractured community together… and catch a killer.

‘A warm funny joy from start to finish’ Sarah Millican

‘The Reverend Richard Coles gives us a serpent in England’s pastoral Eden – and whodunnit fans can give praise and rejoice’ Ian Rankin

‘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

Richard Coles is the presenter of Saturday Live on BBCRadio 4. He is the only vicar in Britain to have had a number one hit single and he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing. He read theology at King’s College London and now lives in his parish in rural Northamptonshire. ‘Murder Before Evensong’ is his first novel.

Photo credit: NMP Live Ltd.

Book Launch

Wednesday 22nd June 2022 - Starts 7pm


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