Pub Date 30 Jan 2020
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Meet Eve Mallow: an American far from home, a professional busybody… and an amateur detective?
Seasoned obituary writer Eve Mallow has a new assignment: to tell the life story of famed musician Bernard Fitzpatrick. A chance to spend a few days in the sweet little village of Saxford St Peter, walking the country lanes with her beloved dachshund Gus and meeting new people sounds like a dream. But it turns out that Bernard’s life was much less interesting than his death. On the day she arrives, news breaks that the charismatic cellist was the victim of a grisly murder. Could this quaint English village be hiding a dark secret?
As Eve starts to interview Bernard’s friends and colleagues, she finds that he’d ruffled a few feathers. In fact, from the keepers of the Cross Keys Inn to his own staff at High House, there’s barely a person in town who doesn’t have some reason to hate him… is one of the friendly villagers a cold-blooded killer?
Eve hoped Saxford St Peter would be the perfect escape from her busy city life. But there is darkness even in the most sunlit of settings. And when a second body is found, Eve becomes certain that one of the people she’s met must be the murderer. She has never done any detective work before… but is there something in her notes that can crack the case?
An unputdownable page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands.
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Readers absolutely love Clare Chase:
‘Wow what a book! One of the best mysteries I have read! Loved it from start to finish and couldn't put it down!... The writing is brilliant and flows off the page, the characters stay with you. A thoroughly satisfying, absolutely stunning book!’ Renita D’Silva
‘Literally couldn't put it down!!... an excellent thriller with well-developed characters and great twists!!... a great ride of mystery, suspense and murder’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I absolutely loved this book… grabbed me by the throat from the opening chapter and refused to let go until the very end… a fantastic puzzle’ A Little Book Problem, 5 stars
‘I'd definitely recommend this to fans of procedural mysteries. It was like an Inspector Morse/Midsomer layer cake with Christie for the frosting.' Goodreads reviewer
‘Clever, twisty stories, with great characters.’ Kate Rhodes, author of Hell Bay
‘Reminds me of Agatha Christie. Grabbing me straight from the start… will keep you guessing until the very end… A perfect, gripping who-dunnit story, fans of LJ Ross will love it.' Chelle’s Book Reviews
‘So good! I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and let me tell you that Clare Chase is on par with Ms. Christie.’ A Lucky Grace, 5 stars
‘One hell of an addictive read, I devoured it in one sitting.’ Baker’s Not So Secret Blog
‘The main storyline was gripping with so many twists to it, I almost felt giddy… I kept trying to guess who the culprit was… a real page-turner.’ It’s All About the Books
‘It’s books like this that made me pick up crime fiction after a hiatus of ten years… a superb tale with hatred at its heart… a mouth-watering, Michelin 5-star read.’ Jenny O’Brien