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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.
Clare Chase brings the reader another wonderful tale with this latest offering, Mystery at the Church, the sixth instalment in one of my all time favourite cozy mystery series, featuring Eve Mallow and her beautiful daschund Gus.
Is this a case of life imitating art or art imitating life? When a TV crew comes to Saxford St Peter to shoot a new drama series, Eve Mallow and its residents are excited to join in and be extras. But when its director, Rufus Beaumont is found dead, Eve’s amateur sleuthing skills kick in and she is on the case. Will she be able to solve the mystery before somebody yells cut, that’s a wrap and the final curtain falls?
I loved the plot for this one and I was immediately hooked from its opening chapter. As always Clare Chase makes you feel you are part of the story with beautiful writing that so vividly brings everything to life. It is also always such a delight to be transported back to Saxford St Peter and be reacquainted with its cast of colourful characters both old and new. Clare Chase has created such a great bunch that it always feels like you are catching up with old friends.
Mystery at the Church is a fun read and is another perfect addition to the series. It will hold you captive from beginning to end and with a host of characters to suspect, this one will keep you guessing right up to the big reveal. Although we do have to wait until January 2022 for the next instalment, I am so excited that there is another one to come in this delightful series to look forward too.
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?