Picture Miss Seeton (Miss Seeton #1)

picturemssetonAuthor: Heron Carvic

Publisher: Farrago

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

Provided by Publisher

 

Blurb: When Miss Seeton walks out after a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure. But how could she have guessed that her latest artistic endeavor is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer?

Her sketch puts her in a perilous position, for back at her recently inherited cottage in Plummergen village, she’s fated to be a sitting duck . . . for murder most foul!

Meet Miss Emily D. Seeton: retired art teacher Miss Seeton steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles. Armed with only her sketch pad and umbrella, she is every inch an eccentric English spinster and the most lovable and unlikely master of detection.

 

Review: The backstory on this book is almost as interesting as the story itself. The author was an actor and writer who died in 1980, and this is a reprint of the cozies he wrote a la Miss Marple. The first one, Picture Miss Seeton, was widely acclaimed.

Miss Seeton became quite the sensation after being in the paper for witnessing an attack in London. Now visiting the cottage she’d inherited from her godmother in the small village of Plummergen, she finds herself the object of village gossip. Surrounded by new friends, she’s asked to help in a ticklish situation with a young neighbor and finds herself getting in much deeper than she’d bargained for…

The police’s plan to hide Miss Seeton in the country is spoiled by an errant neighbor’s guilty purge of information to a willing gossip columnist. Danger now lurks in the countryside of England as a master criminal hunts for his witness.

Thankfully Miss Seeton doesn’t know that she’s been labeled by the town gossips at the Nut House as an inveterate drug user who’s either running from a drug deal gone awry or running to her drug dealer, another hapless neighbor who hasn’t been seen for a while. She’s also completely unaware of the attempts being made on her life!

Handled by a British author, the details are authentic and the sly humor is ladled thickly over everything, coloring both the situation and the characters with happy abandon. My favorite part of the whole narrative is how the gossip is so wrong and gets the characters into such trouble, which only feeds the development of the story arc. It’s like a bad game of rumor where the information changes as it passes through each person. Just like any small village in England, or any small town in America.

Read it if you’re needing a cozy that harkens back to simpler times. Sweet and sly. Thanks!

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