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This author had such an involved plot, with a large variety of suspects and others closely involved, that I frequently had to reverse my Kindle to re-read a chapter. Several times I determined to abandon the book but forced myself to persevere because I have never given up before. I still don't really know what happened in the story - and sadly I don't care.
When most of a village has been excitedly hired as extras in a new television production it's all anyone can talk about. For local obituary writer, Eve Mallow and best friend, Viv it's also a chance to show the world just how good the food at Monty's tearoom is as they provide cakes and snacks for the cast and crew.
When local gossip Moira announces how she’s just seen the director in a compromising position he brushes it aside but when his body is discovered not long afterwards it changes everything. Asked to write the obituary Eve finds herself in the middle of things once again and can't help but investigate at the same time. With rivalries and long held grievances simmering just beneath the surface Eve knows she has to keep alert to to the danger surrounding her.
This is the sixth book in a wonderful series and I love reconnecting with all the regular characters living in Saxford St Peter. Moira is the chatty shopkeeper who adds a touch of levity to the proceedings and once again she is pushing her nose in where it isn't wanted which I very much enjoyed. Eve's little dog is another favourite and he also took a starring role.
I think I have an idea of where Eve's storyline will gradually go but I definitely hope there will be a few more outings for her before that happens. As usual I didn't work things out before Eve but I'm pretty sure I fell for most of the red herrings I was supposed to.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my. I love this series and this is a worthy addition.
Please, please, please can Clare and other authors of so called cosy mysteries find another way of letting us know 'who done it'? I really am now getting quite tired of the solver of these murders getting into trouble as the way of showing us how clever they are. I mean, if they were that clever they wouldn't get into these situations each and every time. Other than that the story is actually quite good.
I enjoyed this latest Eve Mallow mystery, as usual kept guessing until the end. I like the central characters - Eve, Viv, Robin etc, not forgetting Gus of course! How about including recipes for some of the delicious cake in the next book?