Book List in Order:17 titles

  • When an American stranger turns up claiming to be the rightful owner of the school's magnificent country estate, teacher Gemma Lamb fears losing not only her job and her home, but also her hopes for a relationship with charismatic PE teacher Joe...


  • When Sophie Sayers joins a writers' retreat on a secluded Greek island, she's hoping to find inspiration and perhaps a little adventure. Away from her rural English comfort zone, she also takes stock of her relationship with her boyfriend Hector.But ...


  • In the first of this new series of fun quick reads, a charity knitting project is about to begin in a remote Cotswold village - what could possibly go wrong? When that village is Wendlebury Barrow, the setting of the popular Sophie Sayers Villag...


  • When Gemma Lamb takes a job at a quirky English girls’ boarding school, she believes she’s found the perfect escape route from her controlling boyfriend – until she discovers the rest of the staff are hiding sinister secrets: Hairnet, the eccen...


  • When Bunny Carter, the old lady from the Manor House, is discovered in an open grave, Sophie Sayers is sure it’s a case of foul play. But when it comes to suspects, she’s spoiled for choice.One of Bunny’s squabbling children from three differen...


  • While Sophie and her friends celebrate Valentine's Night in The Bluebird, a dead body plummets to the bottom of the village well - and nobody hears it fall.In this close-knit community where everyone knows each other's business, is it possible for an...


  • When Sophie Sayers’ plans for a cosy English country Christmas are interrupted by the arrival of her ex-boyfriend, her troubles are only just beginning. Before long, the whole village stands accused of murder.Damian says he’s come to direct the v...


  • Just when Sophie Sayers is starting to feel at home in the Cotswold village of Wendlebury Barrow, a fierce new vicar arrives, quickly offending her and everyone else he meets. Banning the villagers’ Halloween celebrations seems the last straw, part...


  • When Sophie Sayers inherits a cottage in a sleepy English Cotswold village, she's hoping for a quieter life than the one she's running away from. What she gets instead is a dead body on a carnival float, and an extraordinary assortment of suspects. ...






  • These 15 warm, witty short stories take an affectionate look at the institution of marriage, offering five gentle tales about each of the following stages: seeking a partner, committing to marriage, and surviving the long haul. Each story involves di...


  • A heartwarming single short story (4000 words) set in England at the start of the Second World War, focusing on family and relationships in adversity, told from the viewpoint of a young girl, Violet Palmer, whose favourite toys are the damaged toy...


  • This anthology has been compiled as a souvenir of the first ever Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, a new free celebration of books and reading, held in a small Cotswold village in Gloucestershire, England. It contains samples of the works of all ...


  • When Emma, a young English journalist, is required to babysit in a dark country house on the longest night of the year - the winter solstice, 21st December - she must confront both her fear of the dark and her unresolved grief for her much-loved late...


  • This collection of twelve humorous short Christmas stories, averaging 1,000 words apiece, will delight anyone struggling with their own plans for the festive season. The tales form an entertaining catalogue of how characters of all ages respond to th...


  • Flash fiction, sudden fiction, microfiction, ultra short fiction - call them what you will, these twenty wry and witty short stories examine change at every stage of life, in a natural progression from birth to death. Mostly lighthearted, but often m...


  • A light-hearted, old-fashioned short story for the festive season. Find out what happens when a new young Queen, bored of wild boar, challenges her huntsmen to find a new dish fit for the royal Christmas feast. Is this tale the real reason that we e...


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    A fun short story in which a woman discovers the secret of turning chocolate into gold... but which will she prefer? This story also features in Debbie Young's flash fiction collection, Quick Change. ...