Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day Mystery at the Church by Clare Chase, published by Bookouture.
When a TV drama crew descends on sleepy Saxford St Peter, Eve Mallow joins the excited throng of extras in a funeral scene. But then a real body is found… and Eve gets a starring role as sleuth!
Eve Mallow is looking forward to her fifteen minutes of fame when Saxford St Peter is chosen as the location for a new drama series. A devoted people-watcher, Eve is thrilled to learn that TV stars are just as glamorous – and tempestuous – as she’s always imagined.
But then someone delivers a bouquet of poisonous flowers to the director Rufus Beaumont, making Eve worry that some of the rivalries she’s noticed are deadly serious. And when Rufus’s body is found in the church where the funeral scene took place, it’s clear that someone’s out for the kill in real life.
Eve and dachshund Gus have been on the ground from the start, and now they’re on the case, interrogating the suspects one by one. Is it the devastating diva whose relationship with Rufus was far from professional? The cameraman who caught Rufus doing something he shouldn’t? Or the groupie groundskeeper who’s in the background of every shot? One thing’s for sure – Eve must catch the killer before she stars in their next murderous production…
A completely unputdownable page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands.
Clare Chase brings the reader another wonderful tale with this latest offering, Mystery at the Church, the sixth instalment in one of my all time favourite cozy mystery series, featuring Eve Mallow and her beautiful daschund Gus.
Is this a case of life imitating art or art imitating life? When a TV crew comes to Saxford St Peter to shoot a new drama series, Eve Mallow and its residents are excited to join in and be extras. But when its director, Rufus Beaumont is found dead, Eve’s amateur sleuthing skills kick in and she is on the case. Will she be able to solve the mystery before somebody yells cut, that’s a wrap and the final curtain falls?
I loved the plot for this one and I was immediately hooked from its opening chapter. As always Clare Chase makes you feel you are part of the story with beautiful writing that so vividly brings everything to life. It is also always such a delight to be transported back to Saxford St Peter and be reacquainted with its cast of colourful characters both old and new. Clare Chase has created such a great bunch that it always feels like you are catching up with old friends.
Mystery at the Church is a fun read and is another perfect addition to the series. It will hold you captive from beginning to end and with a host of characters to suspect, this one will keep you guessing right up to the big reveal. Although we do have to wait until January 2022 for the next instalment, I am so excited that there is another one to come in this delightful series to look forward too.
Thank you to Clare Chase, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Mystery at the Church, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Mystery at the Church Books on Tour
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Let’s Get to Know 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.