Written by Hamilton Crane
Have the smugglers made a grave mistake?
Customs & Excise are tracking a gang of cigar-smugglers who operate on the quiet Kent coast near Plummergen, home to retired art teacher Miss Emily Seeton. Their attempt at a midnight ambush goes wrong, and a man is found dead.
As Miss Seeton sketches the most notorious tomb in Plummergen churchyard – the one built for 19th-century smuggler Abraham Voller – she meets a young American tourist. He claims to be a descendant of the Voller family, but is he a truly innocent ancestor-hunter, or do smugglers inherit their trade?
When the school concert includes a performance of Kipling’s “A Smuggler’s Song” it begins to seem that everyone is at it … but we can rely on Miss Seeton to ensure that the police will get their man, and the smugglers’ dreams will go up in smoke!
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.
Beautifully Crafted Period Mystery!
As anyone who follows my reviews will know, I do love a good mystery; quite especially a period mystery and I’m a great fan of Miss Seeton books!
Once again, we find ourselves steeped in the happenings of Plummergen, where Miss Seeton resides. For such a small place, there is plenty of gossip and usually some underhanded skulduggery going on in the neighbourhood. As with previous novels in this series, there are all the normal activities a small place is involved in and Miss Seeton is never far away from the heart of things.
Miss Seeton herself reminds me strongly of Miss Jane Marple; although there are few similarities in the way both ladies get to the bottom of things, there is definitely a resemblance and they can both be accurately described as ‘gentlewomen’. When the police request the help of our heroine, her art proclivities come into play and she produces a sketch which she doesn’t always understand, but as the evidence mounts up, the officers of the law find these drawings to be of considerable assistance in solving crimes. As always, this is a riveting read and one I struggled to put down but as I reached the final page, could happily close with a sigh of satisfaction that all the questions which were swimming around in my head had been answered, all puzzles solved, and everything was right in the world. If only real life was as organised! Beautifully crafted as always, well written and so enjoyable!
My thanks to publisher Farrago for my copy via NetGalley. This is, as always, my original, unbiased and honest review.
Tags: period mystery
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 243 pages
- Publisher: Farrago
- Publication Date: 21 February 2019
- Purchase Links: Waterstones
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.
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.