Today I am so thrilled to be sharing my review as part of the books on tour for Clare Chase’s Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage. This was released on the 12th of March published by Bookouture.
Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage by Clare Chase
Release Date: 12th of March
Print Length: 315 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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Obituary writer and amateur sleuth Eve Mallow is enjoying life in sleepy Saxford St Peter – until a mysterious murder lands right at her door…
It’s spring in Saxford St Peter – time to get back in the garden, listen to the birds, and take gentle strolls in the woods. But for some, it’s the season for murder.
Eve Mallow is relishing the gentle pace of the village until a new arrival stirs everyone up. Ashton Foley is back: a teenage tearaway turned interior designer to the stars. He’s mad, bad and dangerous to know, but charming too – as Eve herself can testify – and every house in Saxford opens its doors to him.
So when he’s found murdered in the woods near his mother’s home, Apple Tree Cottage, there’s no shortage of suspects. A jealous husband? A spurned lover? Or has someone from his past life caught up with him?
The police soon hit on a simple solution, and arrest his mother’s partner Howard. Ashton always hated him, and he bears all the marks of a recent fight. But Ashton’s mother, miles away in New Zealand, is convinced he’s innocent, and enlists Eve’s help to prove it.
There’s just one problem. Eve saw Howard sniffing around Apple Tree Cottage on the morning of the murder, and she’s fairly sure he’s guilty, too…
An unputdownable page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands.
My inner brit surfaced again while reading Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage, the second instalment in the Eve Mallow series. I had my cup of tea and digestive biscuits on the go as I settled back in with Eve, Gus and the residents of Saxford St Peter, where Clare had me caught up in the towns latest murder mystery.
Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage, which can be read as a standalone, see’s Eve now living in the town of Saxford St Peter, where the easy style of living is suiting her well. Eve is continuing to work as an obituary writer, but it isn’t long before her amateur sleuthing is again put to use after bad boy, Ashton Foley, is found murdered near his mother’s home.
Though the Police tell Eve to stay out of the case because they believe it is cut and dry, Eve becomes involved when Ashton’s mum Betty enlists her help to find the real killer. The Police are convinced that Betty’s partner Howard is their prime suspect, Betty can’t believe that this could be true.
I really bonded with Eve even more this time around, it is so refreshing to have a middle-aged woman as the lead in a series. Thank you Claire for creating such a bold and interesting female lead. She is such a great character and fits in so well with the other residents of the town. I love all the characters in this series, even the ones I hate (yes Palmer, I’m looking at you!) and the way Claire has bought their personalities so beautifully to life.
Once again, Clare had me completely engaged in the story which is an absolute credit to her writing. Her descriptions of the fictional town, Saxford St Peter, are idyllic and so charming that I could definitely see me living there by the sea. Although without the murders would be good thanks!
Murder at Apple Tree Cottage is a fun whodunit that will keep you enthralled from the beginning till the last page. Even though it is only the second book, it has fast become one of my favourite cozy mystery series and I hope there will be many more books to come. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage which I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Clare Chase for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Clare
Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries. After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing.
She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.
As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.
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