Eve Mallow Mystery #3
It’s Eve Mallow’s first visit to the local village fair. But amidst the booths, stalls, tables and tents lurks something darker… A mysterious fall means a new case for amateur detective Eve!
The charity fair at Seagrave Hall is a key date in the Saxford St Peter calendar – a chance for the villagers to nose around the house and grounds and cross paths with the rich and famous.
New resident Eve Mallow is particularly excited by this year’s special guest: the explorer Verity Nye, who is engaged to the heir to the Hall. Eve loves Verity’s determination, and she can’t wait to meet her.
But when they talk, Verity hints that she has something troubling on her mind. So after the festive mood is tragically interrupted by Verity’s fall from a third-floor window, Eve can’t be sure that it’s an appalling accident. Especially when one small boy claims he saw someone behind her…
Soon Eve finds herself tasked with writing Verity’s obituary. As she dusts off her notebook and begins her interviews alongside her trusted dachshund sidekick Gus she realises she has a fine array of suspects before her. Could it be a corrupt charity manager, the distraught fiancé, or jealous cousin Cora? And can Eve find out before her questions cause the killer to turn on her?
I like Eve Mallow. Her job is to write obituaries, but she always ends up solving the mystery. She just can’t help herself. She has to dig deeper in order to bring justice. By doing so, every time she finds herself eye to eye with the ruthless killer.
I also enjoy her interaction with her dog. The expressions on his face that she describes, I see them often on my dog’s face too. It makes me smile even more.
This story takes place in the summer, while butterflies flutter around from one flower to the other. It seems like Eve does not only see them, but feels them as well. 🙂
The author also allows the veil over the past of a certain villager to be lifted…
Honestly, why do we need the police when sleuths like Eve are around?
This series is getting better and better. Book 3 is my favorite up till now. 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.
Website and blog at www.clarechase.com