Thursday, May 19, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Mystery at Lovelace Manor



Lovelace Manor has a famous past… but when a historian becomes history at its annual open day, amateur sleuth Eve Mallow is on the case!

Everyone in Saxford St Peter flocks to Lovelace Sunday, the festival celebrating the romantic history of beautiful Lovelace Manor. This year will be even more exciting, as famous TV historian 
Cammie Harington is planning a spectacular stunt with a hot-air balloon for her new show.

Eve Mallow jumps at the chance to volunteer – it’s a great people-watching opportunity. But she soon realises there is no love lost between Cammie and the family who owns the manor… so why did Cammie agree to come?

When Cammie’s hot-air balloon tumbles from the sky, Eve feels sure this is no accident. Alongside dachshund Gus, she sets to work investigating the mystery, piecing together all the odd things she’s seen and heard.

Could the killer be discreet Diana, lady of the manor, who fell out with Cammie years ago? Or Diana’s dashing brother Sebastian, whose dark secret Cammie knew? Why was the loyal gardener following Cammie around? And had Cammie uncovered something explosive about the manor’s past, as she claimed?

When someone breaks into Cammie’s cottage and a priceless Lovelace heirloom goes missing, Eve is sure she’s on the right track… but can she solve the case, 
before the killer brings her crashing down?

A completely gripping English cozy mystery, perfect for fans of Frances Evesham, J.R. Ellis and Betty Rowlands.

Title:   Mystery at Lovelace Manor
Author:  Clare Chase
Series:  Eve Mallow #8
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery 
Format:  Kindke ARC
No. of Pages:   293
Date of Publication:   May 17, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars 

Eve Mallow is happy to volunteer at a celebration at Lovelace Manor. A planned hot-air balloon stunt has everyone excited - until the television historian that would be in the air balloon falls to her death. Her name was Cammie Harungrm and Eve is sure that this was no accident. With plenty of suspects, Eve is interested in more than writing the obituary for the victim, sh8s to find the killer herself.

As a well-respected obituary writer, Eve easily has the opportunity to talk to the many people that knew the victims as a basis for background information for the article, but Eve goes much further. Eve turns over clues left and right in order to get closer to identifying the killer. Per normal whenever it comes to Eve solving a murder, there are no shortage of suspects, but the closer she gets, the more danger she finds herself in.

Eve is not in this alone. She has Robin, police officer turned gardener, although their relationship is secret due to an occurrence from his previous career. Then there is Gus, her faithful dachshund. With more than a few surprises, a gorgeous setting, even pacing and Eve's delightful introspection, this book definitely kept me guessing, and this made it a real page-turner. I love the fact that I was not able to identify the killer myself, thus this book came to an exciting conclusion. Clare Chase has written another winner with this eighth book in this thoroughly engaging cozy mystery series, and I am sure the next book will be just as enjoyable. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Clare Chase writes classic mysteries. Her aim is to take readers away from it all via some armchair sleuthing in atmospheric locations.

Her debut novel was shortlisted for Novelicious’s Undiscovered Award, as well as an EPIC award post-publication, and was chosen as a Debut of the Month by LoveReading. Murder on the Marshes (Tara Thorpe 1) was shortlisted for an International Thriller Writers award.

Like her heroines, Clare is fascinated by people and what makes them tick. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in settings as diverse as Littlehey Prison and the University of Cambridge, in her home city. She’s lived everywhere from the house of a lord to a slug-infested flat and finds the mid-terrace she currently occupies a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

You can find Clare's website and blog at

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  1. Thanks so much for this lovely review, Robin, and for your wonderful feedback throughout the series!