DESCRIPTION:With its sweeping sandy beaches and rolling emerald hills, the island of St. Morwenna is an idyllic escape. But behind the perfectly pruned primroses and neighborly smiles a killer lies in wait…
When librarian Jemima Jago is offered the opportunity to catalogue Cornwall’s largest collection of antique shipwreck records it is a dream come true. The only problem? The collection is housed on the island of St. Morwenna, the childhood home she left years ago and vowed never to return to.
Shortly after Jem arrives back in town, island busybody and notorious grump Edith Reddy is found dead, with duct tape clamped over her mouth and nose. Jem, caught seemingly red-handed at the scene of the crime, mistakenly becomes the police’s number one suspect. The handsome Sergeant Hackman in particular can’t seem to leave Jem alone…
Jem must take matters into her own hands if she wants to clear her name. Snooping around Edith’s once-grand home, she is struck by the mess before her. The bedroom is completely ransacked and in the living room all the photographs have been removed from their frames. Was Edith’s death simply a break-in gone wrong, or is there more to the mystery that the police are missing?
Jem has a sharp eye for a clue and she soon realizes that many of the island’s eccentric residents had reason for wanting Edith out of the way. Could Declan, the curious café owner, or Bart, the fishy ferryman have killed Edith? Jem won’t rest until she uncovers the truth, but doing so will put her right in the killer’s line of sight…
A totally charming cozy mystery from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Jameson. Brimming with intrigue and warm humor, fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Betty Rowlands will love A Death at Seascape House.
Author: Emma Jameson
Series: A Jemima Jago Mystery #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 295
Date of Publication: April 27, 2021
My Rating: 5 Stars
Jemima Jago is a Special Collections Librarian and is eager to being a new job on the idyllic island of St. Morwenna. The new job will no doubt entail months of work as she hopes to work with a very large collection. However, St. Morwenna is no longer home to Jem. She left nearly 20 years ago and is worried that bad memories will stop her in her tracks.
However, something else stops Jem. She finds the body of the town's most obnoxious busybody Edith Reddy. Jem proves to be the #1 suspect so she is determined to remove herself from inquiry and is determined to clear her name. Who killed Edith and why?
Jem's powers of observation, process of elimination and genuine intuition are all come into play as she strives to identify the killer. What is more is that just about anyone could have killed Edith, with clear motive. Edith was evil, no doubt, so who is it who killed her?
This intriguing story flows between Edith's past as a teen and how, if at all, it plays into current circumstances. I loved meeting Jem as well as a few other characters including Pauley and Hack. I can't wait to see what else Jem will face in future installments in this series.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Her newest venture with digital publisher extraordinaire BOOKOUTURE is the Jem Jago cozy mystery series.
Ms. Jameson is also the creator of amateur sleuth Dr. Benjamin Bones. Set in Cornwall during the Second World War, book #1 is MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER; book #2 is DIVORCE CAN BE DEADLY. Dr. Bones fans will also want to read the companion series, Magic of Cornwall. This includes DR. BONES AND THE CHRISTMAS WISH and DR. BONES AND THE LOST LOVE LETTER, two charming novellas set in untamed, romantic Cornwall
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