Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on it’s publication day and to be one of the bloggers to be kicking off the books on tour for Mystery at Seagrave Hall by the wonderful Clare Chase.
Mystery at Seagrave Hall by Clare Chase
Release Date: 11th of June 2020
Print Length: 315 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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It’s Eve Mallow’s first visit to the local village fair. But amidst the booths, stalls, tables and tents lurks something darker… A mysterious fall means a new case for amateur detective Eve!
The charity fair at Seagrave Hall is a key date in the Saxford St Peter calendar – a chance for the villagers to nose around the house and grounds and cross paths with the rich and famous.
New resident Eve Mallow is particularly excited by this year’s special guest: the explorer Verity Nye, who is engaged to the heir to the Hall. Eve loves Verity’s determination, and she can’t wait to meet her.
But when they talk, Verity hints that she has something troubling on her mind. So after the festive mood is tragically interrupted by Verity’s fall from a third-floor window, Eve can’t be sure that it’s an appalling accident. Especially when one small boy claims he saw someone behind her…
Soon Eve finds herself tasked with writing Verity’s obituary. As she dusts off her notebook and begins her interviews alongside her trusted dachshund sidekick Gus she realises she has a fine array of suspects before her. Could it be a corrupt charity manager, the distraught fiancé, or jealous cousin Cora? And can Eve find out before her questions cause the killer to turn on her?
A charming and gripping page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands.
Cup of tea in hand and relaxing on my recliner under the coziness of a blanket, it was time for me to catch up with the latest instalment in this delightful and charming cozy mystery series. It was great to be back in Saxford St Peter, with its beautiful surroundings, Eve, beautiful Gus and its quirky residents.
For the third instalment, Clare takes the reader off to the fair at Seagrave Hall, which promises a day full of fun. But before it even begins, tragedy strikes and the fiancé of the heir to Seagrave Hall, plunges to her death from a third story window, which has amateur sleuth and obituary writer Eve Mallow on the case to help solve this latest murder.
Eve just keeps getting better and better with each story. I really do love her character, which is a such credit to Clare’s writing and development of her. Being the fanatical dog lover I am, it also goes without saying that Gus is also a favourite who has captured my heart (please don’t let anything ever happen to him Clare). As for its secondary and supporting characters, each are written extremely well and are brought to life beautifully.
Clare as always held and kept my attention and had me feeling I was in the story experiencing it all. I really do enjoy Clare’s writing which at times is also as quirky as its characters. Peppered throughout, are humorous lines that just makes for more of an entertaining and enjoyable experience when reading the book and has Clare right up at the top of my list as one of my favourite cozy mystery authors.
I absolutely adore this series and Mystery at Seagrave Hall is a perfect addition it. A cozy mystery series that just keeps going from strength to strength, I hope there will be many books to come. It was my absolute pleasure to be given the opportunity to read and review Mystery at Seagrave Hall which I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Clare Chase for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Mystery at Seagrave Hall which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes and Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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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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