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Obituary writer and amateur sleuth Eve Mallow is enjoying life in sleepy Saxford St Peter – until a mysterious murder lands right at her door…
It’s spring in Saxford St Peter – time to get back in the garden, listen to the birds, and take gentle strolls in the woods. But for some, it’s the season for murder.
Eve Mallow is relishing the gentle pace of the village until a new arrival stirs everyone up. Ashton Foley is back: a teenage tearaway turned interior designer to the stars. He’s mad, bad and dangerous to know, but charming too – as Eve herself can testify – and every house in Saxford opens its doors to him.
So when he’s found murdered in the woods near his mother’s home, Apple Tree Cottage, there’s no shortage of suspects. A jealous husband? A spurned lover? Or has someone from his past life caught up with him?
The police soon hit on a simple solution, and arrest his mother’s partner Howard. Ashton always hated him, and he bears all the marks of a recent fight. But Ashton’s mother, miles away in New Zealand, is convinced he’s innocent, and enlists Eve’s help to prove it.
There’s just one problem. Eve saw Howard sniffing around Apple Tree Cottage on the morning of the murder, and she’s fairly sure he’s guilty, too…
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
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‘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