Nell Ward Series

by Sarah Lovett-Yarwood

A Murder of Crows

Dr Nell Ward is an ecologist, not a detective. But when she’s the prime suspect in a murder, only her unique set of skills could help to clear her name…

In the sleepy village of Cookingdean, Dr Nell Ward is busy working in the grounds of a local manor house. Whilst inspecting an old tunnel, the last thing she expects to overhear is a murder. As the only person with any clues as to what happened, Nell soon finds herself in the middle of the investigation.

Desperate to clear her name Nell, along with her colleague Adam, set out solving the murder using their skills as ecologists to uncover details no one else would notice. But it soon becomes clear that playing Agatha Christie is much harder than it might at first appear…

The start of an exciting new cosy crime series – perfect for fans of Richard Osman, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis.

A Cast of Falcons

When the wedding of her oldest friend ends with a shocking murder, Dr Nell Ward is once again caught up in a web of subterfuge, secrets and lies…

When her childhood friend Percy announces she’s engaged to handsome businessman Hawke McAnstruther, Dr Nell Ward rashly offers to host the wedding at Finchmere, her family’s estate. But she hadn’t anticipated Percy’s parents’ fiery disapproval of the groom.

The ceremony is barely over before Hawke’s shady personal and professional life starts to unravel, and tension ripples through the assembled guests. When the wedding night ends with a shocking death, Nell, best-friend, Rav and DI James Clarke all find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery worthy of Agatha Christie.

Surviving a terrifying threat to her own life, Nell has to face up to the truth. Not just about murder at Finchmere, but about where her heart truly lies…

My Take

Cozy mysteries aren’t really my thing unless I really like the characters and the setting. And it really starts stretching belief when the same person gets caught up in murder after murder. (The book I’m currently reading, Station Eternity, is actually built around that idea.) The two Nell Ward books that I read were fine. I just don’t feel interested and invested enough to carry on with the series.