A really rather good first novel by local author Rosie Lear begins with a murder in Sherborne Abbey’s Lady Chapel. It is set in 1436 at a time of growing ill-feeling between the monastery and the townsfolk. It is a fast-moving yarn which makes ideal summer reading, if you like medieval whodunits, that is. I do, and enjoyed this one greatly. The Abbey Shop in the Close and the Abbey bookstall are now stocking Missal for Murder, at £8 a copy. In addition I have booked Rosie to come to talk about the genesis of her novel, and to sign copies, in the Lady Chapel (where else?). This is provisionally arranged for Friday 12 October. More details later. If you buy a copy now, bring it for her to sign. There will be plenty of copies available to buy on the day – they will make ideal Christmas presents.