Featured: Mystery at Lovelace Manor by Clare Chase
When Cammie’s hot-air balloon tumbles from the sky, Eve feels sure this is no accident. It’s the perfect cosy murder mystery.
Everyone in Saxford St Peter flocks to Lovelace Sunday, the festival celebrating the romantic history of beautiful Lovelace Manor. This year will be even more exciting, as famous TV historian Cammie Harington is planning a spectacular stunt with a hot-air balloon for her new show.
Eve Mallow jumps at the chance to volunteer – it’s a great people-watching opportunity. But she soon realises there is no love lost between Cammie and the family who owns the manor… so why did Cammie agree to come?
When Cammie’s hot-air balloon tumbles from the sky, Eve feels sure this is no accident. Alongside dachshund Gus, she sets to work investigating the mystery, piecing together all the odd things she’s seen and heard.
Could the killer be discreet Diana, lady of the manor, who fell out with Cammie years ago? Or Diana’s dashing brother Sebastian, whose dark secret Cammie knew?
Why was the loyal gardener following Cammie around?
And had Cammie uncovered something explosive about the manor’s past, as she claimed?
When someone breaks into Cammie’s cottage and a priceless Lovelace heirloom goes missing, Eve is sure she’s on the right track.
But can she solve the case before the killer brings her crashing down?
Meet Clare Chase:
Clare Chase writes classic mysteries. Her aim is to take readers away from it all via some armchair sleuthing in atmospheric locations.
Her debut novel was shortlisted for Novelicious’s Undiscovered Award, as well as an EPIC award post-publication, and was chosen as a Debut of the Month by LoveReading. Murder on the Marshes (Tara Thorpe 1) was shortlisted for an International Thriller Writers award.
Like her heroines, Clare is fascinated by people and what makes them tick. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in settings as diverse as Littlehey Prison and the University of Cambridge, in her home city. She’s lived everywhere from the house of a lord to a slug-infested flat and finds the mid-terrace she currently occupies a good happy medium.
As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.
You can find Clare’s website and blog at www.clarechase.com
Review by Annarella:
It’s always a pleasure to read a new novel featuring Eve Mallow as there’s a continuous improvement and the mysteries are always solid with an interesting puzzle to solve.
Clare Chase is an excellent storyteller and this story kept me turning pages and I ended it in one sitting.
I think that Ms. Chase always pays homage to a Golden Age trope and there are a couple in this story too: I won’t talk about it because I don’t want to spoil any relevant details of the story.
Eve is a lovely character: clever, curious, and never reckless. I love her and I love Gus and the cast of characters.
It would be great if there could be a new police inspector as it would be an interesting twist.
The mystery is darker and more complex than usual. There are plenty of secrets and surprises. I had some doubts about the culprit but I wasn’t able to guess the motive. The solutions surprised me as there were some expected twists.
A highly entertaining, compelling, and gripping cozy mystery that I loved.
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