Rev Richard Coles’ crime debut cover revealed

Jan 24, 2022

The cover for Murder Before Evensong, the first novel in the Reverend Richard Coles’ Canon Clement Mystery series has been revealed by Waterstones, and is now available for pre-order. The Signed Exclusive Edition comes with sprayed edges, and all editions will feature dachshund endpapers!

Perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club, the crime debut from Reverend Richard Coles sees the sleepy parish of Champton descend into unexpected chaos, setting Canon Daniel Clement on a hunt for a murderer…

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 secateurs.

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.

Murder Before Evensong is published on the 9th June 2022 by W&N.