: Mystery at Magpie Lodge
Author: Clare Chase
Series: Eve Mallow Mystery #7
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Date of Publication: January 6, 2022
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 327
My Rating: 5 Stars
A famed ghosthunter has been murdered. The village is keen on the idea that the supernatural just had to be involved. Eve Mallow has been assigned to write his obituary, as this is her part-time job and is one she takes quite seriously. From the very beginning, Eve stands on the other side of the line. She is sure that the murderer is as human as she is. So, she begins asking probing questions.
When Eve thinks of composing an obituary, she likes to find out as much as she can about the deceased. This makes it rather easy for people to talk to her. To confide in her. But, Eve goes the extra mile. In fact, she has become more than adept at solving quite a few murders. Well, with Emory Fulton's death, Eve intends to do just that.
Eve doesn't work alone, however. Not only does she have her trusty dachshund Gus with her every step of the way, she also has her beau Robin by her side. Robin is the village of Saxford's St. Peter's gardener. But, he is much more than that. In fact, he once was a detective inspector. Due to his previous employment, Robin and Eve have very good reasons for keeping their blossoming relationship secret.
What of Emory Fulton? Why did he show up in the village and now has been murdered? Well, the locals love a good ghost story, and what better time to spin the most interesting tales as Eve talks to everyone she can find? Quite naturally, there are a bevy of suspects. How far will Eve push to get to the truth of what happened, and will she manage to stay stafe in her endeavors?
Oh I loved this book and have been thoroughly enjoying this entire series. I adore Eve. A mother to grown twins, she still has a marvelous joie de vivre. Yes, a rich and charming life with more than one job, a handsome man at her side and the innate skill of solving even the most difficult of cases.
Eve Mallow reminds me of a younger version of Miss Marple or even Jessica Fletcher. Clare Chase has written another winner and I am really looking forward to the eighth book in this delightful series.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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