Miss Seeton Quilts the Village – Hamilton Crane

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Book Blurb:

“Miss Seeton is back! A new original for this classic series of humorous cosy mysteries.

It’s practically a Royal Marriage! The highly eligible son of Miss Seeton’s old friends Sir George and Lady Colveden has wed the daughter of a French count.

Miss Seeton lends her talents to the village scheme to create a quilted ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ of local history, inspired by the wedding. But her intuitive sketches reveal a startlingly different perspective – involving buried Nazi secrets, and links to the mysterious death of a diplomat and to a South American dictator . . .

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!

The first new mystery in this much-loved series for almost twenty years. Find out why the world can’t get enough of Miss Seeton!”

My review:

Like finding your favourite blanket or meeting your oldest friend after a long time, that’s how returning to the world of Miss Seeton felt when I got a copy of this.

I know it’s been 20 years since the intrepid Miss Seeton burst into my life in book one, and I know I started at the beginning and went to the end, but I promise to fill in the gaps with the other 20 in time, but onto this one.

The final peels of the wedding bells are fading and Miss Seeton has come back from a holiday in Scotland.

I love how the two books I have listened to the story is so easy to follow and get lost in. This story has an international feel about it, and like the tapestry the village is making this story has many strands. Amongst hidden Nazi gold, odd paintings, misconceived gossip and as always Miss Seeton is right in the middle of it whether she realises it or not. Throw in the mysterious death of a diplomat and of course Miss Seeton’s sketches once again make sense where Scotland Yard cannot.

Even though some time has passed we welcome back Phyllida Nash, who it feels like she has never been away and beautifully tells us this new story.

When I was first sent this I was a bit unsure as it has quite been a while, but I’m delighted to say it was all unfounded as it could have been yesterday, a welcome return for the cute little village and our favourite Miss Seeton.

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Picture Miss Steeton – Heron Carvic

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Book 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.”

 

My review:

As cosy crime stories go, this one has hidden depth, it’s book one of a series of five.

The hero of this take the formidable yet loveable Miss Seeton, a retired spinster, a women anyone would love to have as their granny.

Miss Seeton and the whole surroundings is so quintessentially english, that’s part of the charm. I am pretty sure every little English town has their own Miss Seeton and so they should.

The narrator Phyllida Nash regails us with the adventures of Miss Seeton in a wonderful manner that is easy to listen to and follow.

Time after time Miss Seeton saves Scotland Yard from red faces, but as always they get their man, whether they realise it or not.

On the face of it, this looks like a retired art teacher, moving to a small village and causing all sorts of chaos, but go beyond that and you have a multi layered tale which is well worth more than one listen.

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