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4.0 out of 5 starsGood mystery
Reviewed in Canada on September 14, 2020
When Eve goes to a seaside town to write the obituary for a famous cellist, it turns out that he has been murdered. She finds that many of the people who knew him that she has to interview for the obituary, may now be suspects. There are many interesting characters and twists and turns to keep you guessing - "Who done it?" It was a good light summer read.
Several times I thought the killer was too easy to spot and then the plot twisted and I then I was sure I knew who did it. It seemed so easy to pick out the killer but it wasn’t! I have already purchased the second book in the series. See if you can figure out who did the crime before the last chapter.
4.0 out of 5 starsA thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery.
Reviewed in Canada on April 18, 2020
Recently divorced, mother-of-two, fifty-ish Eve Mallow, is about to go from obituary writing to amateur super-sleuthing…she just doesn’t know it yet!
Eve Mallow accepts an assignment to write an obituary/article on a recently deceased, world-famous musician. Along with her dog Gus, Eve settles in for a short stay in a most charming cottage in the beautifully described, seaside village of Saxford St. Peter, and begins researching out details on the deceased.
What began as a memorial article, quickly turns into a mystery when the police declare the famous musician’s death a murder.
Wanting answers as much as information, Eve begins by questioning the tight community’s locals. Inquisitive by nature, Eve slowly gathers information and clues. Digging for facts comes with the job and Eve is quite good at sniffing out specifics. So much so that she crosses the line from being safe, to being in danger.
Clare Chase delivers a well-plotted storyline, beautiful narrative of the setting, and a very promising lead in Eve.
A thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the read of Clare Chase’s, Mystery on Hidden Lane (An Eve Mallow Mystery Book 1).
Excellent first entry in Claire Chase's new series featuring Eve Mallow. Eve has a rather odd profession as an obituary writer. In the course of researching her latest "object", she comes across information which may explain who murdered the man. A break with the past and a move to a lovely village near the sea may lead her to a new future.
This is the first of what I hope will be a great new series. Well written, witty. Beautiful descriptions of British gardens and natural setting. And a great little pet - Gus, the dachshund. I'm in love with Gus! Good solid story, believable characters. I would recommend this book to any of my friends. And I'm really looking forward to the next installment.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn absolutely wonderful village murder.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2020
Eve Mallow arrives in the village of Saxford St Peter in Suffolk to write the obituary of the world-famous cellist Bernard Fitzpatrick , who had accidentally drowned in the River Sax. Arriving too early to collect the keys for the cottage she has rented for a couple of weeks in order to interview and learn more of the background of her subject, she and her dachshund, Gus take a stroll on the beach and while enjoying the sun sheltering in the sand dunes accidently overhears a conversation that has her beating a hasty retreat.
Her new home Elizabeth Cottage on Haunted Lane is a dream, and despite being very much a city girl Eve is looking forward to spending time in this quaint little village, as she sets about interviewing the living to learn the secrets of the dead. Her first shock is learning that Bernard was the victim of murder, And, it soon becomes apparent that her subject was not universally loved.
The hub of the village seems to be split between the village pub, The Cross Keys Inn and the village shop run by Moira an avid gossip. But it is in the local tea shop that Eve encounters the irrepressible Viv that Eve finds a friend and learns much about the village and its inhabitants. But whilst gathering background information is useful Eve prefers to draw her own conclusions by interviewing the people closest to her subject. And so, she sets out to interview his staff at High House, Adam Cox, his secretary, Polly his new PR girl, and as she talks to those who were closest to him, she scents a mystery.
Rich in characters, and so entrancing is the picture of the village and its inhabitants painted, that the more I read the more I wanted to get in my car and drive to Saxford St Peter, even though I knew it didn’t exist.
However, the more people Eve speaks to the clearer it becomes that many people had reason to hate Bernard Fitzpatrick. So does this charming village house a killer? When a second person is killed Eve decides to turn detective.
An absolutely wonderful village murder. I couldn’t put it down. I see that there is a second book in the series due out on the 12 March 2020. I can’t wait. This book is most highly recommended, ------ Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett
I found this one hard to rate. I have enjoyed the author's other books very much but not so sure about this one. Eve Mallow is an obituary writer and is sent to the village of Saxford St Peter to write about the late cellist Bernard Fitzpatrick but on arrival she finds out he has been murdered. This is where I have a problem, I read several books recently where the main character has suddenly turned detective almost on a whim, and they always seem to do better than the police! I enjoyed the beginning, got slightly bored in the middle, but it picked up again at the end. If I had been able to, I would give the book 3.5 stars. It wasn't quite four but deserved more than 3.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2020
There are few book treats I look forward to more than sitting down with a new novel by Clare Chase. I very much enjoyed meeting Eve Mallow, Clare’s latest protagonist, and her dachshund, Gus, - you had me at ‘dachshund’, Clare! - who’s both a canine companion and a sounding board for Eve’s theories as the obituary she is writing points to far more sinister goings-on in peaceful Saxford St Peter. As always, with Clare’s novels, there is a strong sense of place which is part of the pleasure of reading her work. I’m so glad that there isn’t long to wait before Eve Mallow returns in Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2020
A good cosy murder mystery, provided you can ignore the more unlikely aspects, such as an obituary writer going to live in a village for a week to obtain material to write an obituary of a famous cellist. The story and characters are good, and the ending makes it clear this is going to be the first in a series. I'm not sure I could read another one though, because of the constant use of the ugly American word 'gotten' throughout. It just doesn't fit in a sleepy English village. It would be more acceptable if it was restricted to words said by the American woman who is the central character, but it is used at every possible opportunity.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2020
I felt this was slow moving but I was closely engaged by Eve's methodical thinking through of all her clues, puzzles, and red herrings. It was an unusual village, I thought, with people rather more forthcoming than I would expect in England. But as a crime scene it was well detailed and the detection process was interesting to the end. The characters were quite well drawn, not overly detailed, and the presence of Gus the dog certainly added some warmth. I would read more of Eve's adventures, and would expect her to gradually drop the jarring Americanisms.