Written by Hamilton Crane
Lucky Miss Seeton! A modest Premium Bond win means a whole week in legendary Glastonbury. She can draw and drink in the surroundings, just what she needs for her scene-painting role in the village production of ‘Camelot’.
By coincidence, the kidnapped Heir to an industrial family may be hidden around there and Chief Superintendent Delphick has asked the ex-art teacher to create some of her famous, insightful sketches. Even he is nonplussed by the resulting images of capering sheep in straitjackets, flashing false teeth!
But the Heir is in danger, a murderer is lurking, and the first victim may not be the last. Then fortune favours Miss Seeton again, her raffle ticket winning her a hot air balloon flight, and well, it’s just amazing what you can see from above . . .
Serene amidst every kind of skulduggery, this eccentric English spinster steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles, armed with nothing more than her sketchpad and umbrella!
Outstanding Mystery Series!!
I have a particular fondness for a good mystery, and especially one with a female sleuth. Miss Emily Dorothea Seaton is no ordinary sleuth; she is a gifted artist who produces sketches of strange proportions when asked to consider a particular case by Scotland Yard, and the skills of Detective Superintendent Delphick – aka The Oracle – lead to his deciphering these pictures.
In this novel, Miss Seeton takes a trip to Somerset to research the legend of King Arthur for a village project. This beautiful area is done full justice by author Hamilton Crane and anyone considering a short break may well be tempted to head in this direction! When the police reach out for help with their latest case, Miss Seeton unwittingly leads them to a breakthrough in another – in the area where she has spent her holiday. There are a total of three cases in this book, and none of them are straightforward, but each and every one is incredibly enjoyable.
Like Agatha Christie before her, Hamilton Crane creates stories where you need to keep your wits about you as even the smallest detail can be the key to solving the puzzle. These stories are intricately designed and so much fun to read! Each time I have one in my reading list I seem to speed up to get to it faster. It’s a series I recommend without hesitation to all lovers of a darn good mystery.
My grateful thanks once again to publishers Farrago for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: mystery, cosy, female sleuth
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 810 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Farrago
- Publication Date: 19 April 2018
- Link to Buy: http://amzn.eu/4pB1yg6
Meet the Author
Hamilton Crane is the pseudonym used by Sarah J. Mason when writing for the Miss Seeton series. She has also written detective fiction under her own name, but should not be confused with the Sarah Mason (no middle initial) who writes a rather different kind of book.</span>
After half a century in Hertfordshire (if we ignore four years in Scotland and one in New Zealand), Sarah J. Mason now lives in Somerset–within easy reach of the beautiful city of Wells, and just far enough from Glastonbury to avoid the annual traffic jams.