My inner brit surfaced again while reading Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage, the second instalment in the Eve Mallow series. I had my cup of tea and digestive biscuits on the go as I settled back in with Eve, Gus and the residents of Saxford St Peter, where Clare had me caught up in the towns latest murder mystery.
Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage, which can be read as a standalone, see’s Eve now living in the town of Saxford St Peter, where the easy style of living is suiting her well. Eve is continuing to work as an obituary writer, but it isn’t long before her amateur sleuthing is again put to use after bad boy, Ashton Foley, is found murdered near his mother’s home.
Though the Police tell Eve to stay out of the case because they believe it is cut and dry, Eve becomes involved when Ashton’s mum Betty enlists her help to find the real killer. The Police are convinced that Betty’s partner Howard is their prime suspect, Betty can’t believe that this could be true.
I really bonded with Eve even more this time around, it is so refreshing to have a middle-aged woman as the lead in a series. Thank you Claire for creating such a bold and interesting female lead. She is such a great character and fits in so well with the other residents of the town. I love all the characters in this series, even the ones I hate (yes Palmer, I’m looking at you!) and the way Claire has bought their personalities so beautifully to life.
Once again, Clare had me completely engaged in the story which is an absolute credit to her writing. Her descriptions of the fictional town, Saxford St Peter, are idyllic and so charming that I could definitely see me living there by the sea. Although without the murders would be good thanks!
Murder at Apple Tree Cottage is a fun whodunit that will keep you enthralled from the beginning till the last page. Even though it is only the second book, it has fast become one of my favourite cozy mystery series and I hope there will be many more books to come. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage which I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Clare Chase for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2340 KB
- Print Length: 319 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (12 March 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B082FG57RQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 12 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)