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There’s nothing I love more than to snuggle up with my trusty cup of tea and a delicious cozy mystery. I already knew that I was in for a treat, because this story is brought to life by the wonderful and cozy mystery queen Clare Chase!
The storyline really delivers and in trying to work through the mystery in my mind, I was reminded why I have such a soft spot for cozy mystery novels and in particular the Eve Mallow series. Each and every book is just delightful and Mystery at the Abbey Hotel is no exception.
My curiosity and interest in the story was maintained throughout and there were times when the characters came to life so vividly that I could imagine being a guest, experiencing it with them as I was swept up in solving the murder, while my two my golden retrievers played on the sideline with Gus.
With a great cast of characters, that has been perfectly written and is just such a joy to read, you just can’t go wrong with this series. Mystery at the Abbey Hotel can be read as a standalone but you would be missing out on four other wonderful stories, so do yourself a favour get on board. It was my absolute pleasure to read and review Mystery at the Abbey Road Hotel which I highly recommend.
Eve Mallow, freelance obituary writer and sometime private investigator, loves her new life at Elizabeth's Cottage in Saxford St Peter with her loyal dachshund Gus at her side. When she wins a long weekend at the luxurious Abbey Hotel a little further along the coast Eve jumps at the chance; after all life has been a little hectic since her move, what with her new job at the coffee shop and all those murders she keeps getting involved in!
The hotel is beautiful and it's clear owner Debra Moran has spared no expense when undertaking her renovations. Add in delicious food and the sparkling personality of her host and Eve knows she is in for a wonderfully relaxing break from reality. As the weekend continues however she begins to see cracks beneath the surface. Eve witnesses the difficult relationships between some of the A lister guests and the expertly attentive staff members before, to her horror, Debra goes missing and an awful discovery is made.
Unable to shake the feeling all of the unpleasantness could have been avoided and dismayed that, once again, her nemesis Detective Inspector Nigel Palmer is leading the enquiry Eve knows she has to get involved. With everyone instructed to stay nearby the killer must still be close but can Eve work out what happened and why before she lands herself in danger once again?
This series improves with every book and moving the scene of the crime away from Saxford St Peter was inspired if only to give its inhabitants a bit of a break! That doesn't mean the regular protagonists aren't all present once again but they too are portrayed a little differently with the change of location altering everything.
There is a lot of description in this book but although some of it could be considered superfluous I enjoyed the images the author created not only of the hotel but also the eclectic selection of guests and suspects. There are, of course, secrets being kept by most of them, but all were original and none easily guessed. I have enjoyed all of Eve Mallow’s outings so far and will definitely be looking for any future books in the series.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is first class cosy crime writing and highly recommended.
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for an honest review. This is the fifth book in the Eve Mallow series and as the series progresses so does the quality of Clare Chase's writing. Well rounded characters, beautifully described location and an interesting and intriguing plot line involving a murder at a new local hotel where Eve is staying on a short weekend break. The suspects are plentiful and as Eve balances writing her obituary with trying to solve the crime she once again finds herself in danger. Total escapism and easy reading.
I really like the Eve Mallow series, and I think this is the best so far (I hope there will be more). I am not sure whether I accept her occupation - obituary writer - because surely most obituaries are written well in advance? It works, though, because the ones Eve writes about tend to be murdered, so nothing prepared I suppose. Anyway, this one starts with Eve having won a weekend stay at a very posh niche hotel not far from the village in which she lives. Naturally there is a murder, but it could have been any one of several people, alone or together, who did it. Two more follow and each time my guess as to the murderer changed. Eventually Eve works it out, but, as usual, ends up in a one-to-one with no-one around. I always wish in these stories that the crime could just be solved without such manufactured conflicts, but everyone seems to do it. Excellent book, well recommended.
This is a `cozy` series lots of fun with only a touch of reality, the stories are an escape from reality with characters that you become close to and can`t help becoming involved with. Although this is a stand alone tale, its better read as part of the whole series. Keeps you guessing for the most part but really it best quality is that you can escape into a fantasy world comforting and secure something we all need just now. Love Eve and her dog, her romantic interest is again a bit of an escape the village so pleasant how could anything bad happen there anyway?! Can`t wait for more of Eve`s adventures.
Someone please tell me why it is that no matter how often Eve is told to take care and not to put herself in danger, she always ends up doing exactly that! I find it extremely annoying, because it makes her look ridiculous especially as she does it every time. Please Clare find another way of giving us the solution.
With a cast of (not quite) thousands it could be confusing but the skill of this author ensures we meet them all, and to remember who is who with ease. Serial reminders along the tortuous path to solving the mystery help, too. There are enough clues but many red herrings to ensure an intriguing mystery is eventually solved at the last minute, keeping us guessing throughout.
I've read everyone of this series up to now, not a fan of all the recipes and baking details also clothes people wear,, but when on earth will she learn not to put herself in danger? She's a glutton for punishment....does it every single time! but a good read. thanks. Looking forward to the next.