Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage by Clare Chase / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @ClareChase_



Eve Mallow Mystery #2

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…




Book 2 in this cosy mystery series and it’s like coming home. I loved the atmosphere of the little village by the sea. People work well together and some become real close friends and of course life is spiced up a bit by the town gossip, who is quite a character. 🙂

So everything is great except for those murder victims popping up left, right and center. And Eve would not be Eve if she would not stick her nose in not only trying to  solve the cases, but being succesful in doing so. 

I liked the first book, but I liked this even more. I would not mind going for a walk on the beach, enjoy a hearty meal in the pub and settle down for a cup of tea and a selection of those mouth watering, utterly delicious sounding pastries and desserts.

Looking forward the next part. 5 stars.

Thank you, Clare Chase and Bookouture.


About the author

Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries. After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.


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