Today I am one of the bloggers kicking off the books on tour on its publication day for Mystery at the Old Mill by the wonderful Clare Chase, published by Bookouture.
Mystery at the Old Mill by Clare Chase
Release Date: 7th of December 2020
Print Length: 319 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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When the calm of Saxford St Peter is disrupted by a deadly fire at the Old Mill, amateur sleuth Eve Mallow finds herself investigating a most surprising mystery!
Everyone in Saxford St Peter is desperate to know more about Harry Tennant, the newcomer who owns the Old Mill. He usually keeps himself to himself, but he’s finally invited the villagers round for drinks, and Eve Mallow isn’t the only one looking forward to having some questions answered.
But two days before the party, a terrible fire sweeps through the mill, and Harry is found dead. When Eve passes the burned remains of his beautiful house, she can’t resist the call to investigate. Especially when it turns out quiet, charming Harry was living a double life as the famous advice writer Pippa Longford. Eve has to wonder what revelations were contained in the letters he received… and whether one of them was worth killing for.
Accompanied by her reliable dachshund sidekick Gus, Eve starts digging. She soon realises Harry was at the centre of a web of lives – and lies. There’s an uncle desperate to inherit, two women who thought they were his one and only, not to mention everyone who shared their darkest secrets with him. Was one of those strangers much closer to home than Harry knew? And can Eve untangle the truth before she finds herself face to face with a killer?
A completely charming page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands.
Eve Mallow, one of my favourite amateur sleuths and obituary writers, is back with her trusty and beloved sidekick Gus, in the fourth instalment in this delightful series.
The town of Saxford St Peter is again hit with tragedy when a fire at the Old Mill claims the life of its new owner Harry Tennant. As Eve writes his obituary, she uncovers that Harry has been living a double life and as his lies are exposed, wonders if there is more to his death than meets the eye…
The mystery plays out well and when it is established that Harry’s death was no accident, the reader is given a number of characters to suspect. Clare Chase never makes the culprit obvious, which always makes for a surprise when revealed and not who you expected at all.
What I love the most about this series is, I always know I am going to read something great and Mystery at the Old Mill is no exception. It has been beautifully written, its plot is fresh, has plenty of red herrings and with its cast of quirky characters, makes for an enjoyable and effortless read.
The Eve Mallow series is one I can not recommend highly enough and is a masterclass in the cozy mystery genre. I get so much enjoyment from reading these books and it is a series that has definitely captured my heart. My only critique, they always end way too soon!
Mystery at the Old Mill is a fun and entertaining cozy mystery and as I always say, can be read as a standalone, but you would be missing out on three other fantastic books. Go on, go get them. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
Thank you to Clare Chase, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Mystery at the Old Mill, 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 and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
Mystery at the Old Mill Books on Tour
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Other Books in the Series
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Let’s Get to Know Clare Chase
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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