Today I am reviewing A Death at Seascape House by Emma Jameson. This was released on the 27th of April, published by Bookouture.
With its sweeping sandy beaches and rolling emerald hills, the island of St. Morwenna is an idyllic escape. But behind the perfectly pruned primroses and neighborly smiles a killer lies in wait…
When librarian Jemima Jago is offered the opportunity to catalogue Cornwall’s largest collection of antique shipwreck records it is a dream come true. The only problem? The collection is housed on the island of St. Morwenna, the childhood home she left years ago and vowed never to return to.
Shortly after Jem arrives back in town, island busybody and notorious grump Edith Reddy is found dead, with duct tape clamped over her mouth and nose. Jem, caught seemingly red-handed at the scene of the crime, mistakenly becomes the police’s number one suspect. The handsome Sergeant Hackman in particular can’t seem to leave Jem alone…
Jem must take matters into her own hands if she wants to clear her name. Snooping around Edith’s once-grand home, she is struck by the mess before her. The bedroom is completely ransacked and in the living room all the photographs have been removed from their frames. Was Edith’s death simply a break-in gone wrong, or is there more to the mystery that the police are missing?
Jem has a sharp eye for a clue and she soon realizes that many of the island’s eccentric residents had reason for wanting Edith out of the way. Could Declan, the curious café owner, or Bart, the fishy ferryman have killed Edith? Jem won’t rest until she uncovers the truth, but doing so will put her right in the killer’s line of sight…
A totally charming cozy mystery from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Jameson. Brimming with intrigue and warm humor, fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Betty Rowlands will love A Death at Seascape House.
Was the victims mouth that has been covered by tape a clue as to the reason for her death, or does it mean someone wanted busybody Edith Reedy to be silenced once and for all? We join Jemima “Jem” Jago who is desperately trying to solve her murder and not just because she is a prime suspect. When she finds the victims home in an unexpected display of chaos, it just deepens the mystery all the more surrounding her murder.
The first in a new series, A Death at Seascape House kicks off well and is a promising start. The mystery itself was interesting and had me hooked, it’s fictional location in Cornwall is just stunning and it’s unique colourful residents make it all the more enjoyable.
I love discovering a new cozy mystery series and to have at the helm a character who is also a librarian, is just the icing on the cake! I throughly enjoyed Jem’s character, she is a strong protagonist who is relatable and with an interesting past, makes for a great lead. I look forward to getting to know her more in future books.
This is the first book I have read from Emma Jameson and I am thrilled to add another author to my list in the cozy mystery genre. I enjoyed her writing which is very engaging and she has done a great job of producing a tale that had me invested in it as well as its characters.
All up A Death at Seascape House is a fun, addictive and very entertaining read and I look to hopefully many books in the series. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review A Death at Seascape House which I recommend.
Thank you to Emma Jameson, Bookouture and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of A Death at Seascape House which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Emma Jameson
Emma Jameson writes mysteries that readers call witty, romantic, and full of surprises. An aspiring novelist since age seven, she took a long, twisty route to the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
After years of working at a major medical center, her first novel, cobbled together on nights and weekends, became a runaway e-book bestseller. Now she writes full-time and has sold over half a million books. A compulsive reader and information hoarder, Emma is always searching for that fascinating nugget or startling fact that will spark another novel.
A lifelong Anglophile, she resides in the United States, where she enjoys swimming, yoga, and serving the needs of not one, not two, not three, but four cats.