Title: Mystery At Apple Tree Cottage by Clare Chase
Date Published: 12th March 2020
Genre: Cosy Mystery
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…
An unputdownable page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands.
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I want to thank Noelle Holten for inviting me on this tour and Bookouture for providing me with a copy Mystery At Apple Tree Cottage in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second in the Eve Mallow series but can be easily read as a standalone.
I’m back with obituary writer/amateur sleuth Eve Mallow and this time she has the tricky job of finding the killer of bad boy done good Ashton Foley, who seems to have no shortage of enemies!
Mystery At Apple Tree Cottage is a solid cosy mystery with an idyllic setting and nosy main character, that is a nod to classic mysteries.
What I love about this series is Clare Chase manages to set a vivid scene while still creating a puzzling mystery.
Eve is still her determined self, even though she is warned off, yet again, from investigating, she can’t help herself using her obituary writing as a cover to interview the suspects. I have enjoyed seeing Eve grow with confidence since the last book and can’t wait to see what is in store for her next.
I think this one improved on the last, not getting quite so bogged down in the details and a good steady pace.
Mystery At Apple Tree Cottage is a great cosy mystery with plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing.
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.
You can find Clare’s website and blog at www.clarechase.com
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