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MYSTERY AT THE OLD MILL by CLARE CHASE
‘TEASER TUESDAYS‘ EXTRACT
“Eve swallowed. She could hardly believe the affable man she’d chatted with at the midwinter party had written the response. From the father’s letter, there was every chance the girl was in some kind of trouble. She might be coping with a dilemma she didn’t know how to share, questions about her identity, or friendship problems. It could be any number of things. Even if her problem was solely her relationship with her dad, how could attempting to make her feel abandoned be a sensible solution?
What Harry had suggested wasn’t illegal, but surely it was criminally irresponsible and cruel? There had to be a better way. At the very least Harry could have advised the father to make it clear he wanted to help, despite his feelings of frustration.
Harry hadn’t told Eve what he really did, but when he’d said he found people fascinating she’d thought they had something in common. Now, she felt sick. She had to make a living, just like him, but she would never use the information she gathered in such an irresponsible way.
If you were going to involve yourself in people’s personal lives, you had to do it with the utmost care, and only for the right ends. Harry’s advice had been deliberately provocative. She bet the mag had loved it. It would have created controversy and driven traffic to their website. But what had motivated Harry to be so ruthless and cavalier? The desire to make himself indispensable to the Real Story? Or did he truly believe in the harsh methods he’d advocated?”
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My ‘Books On Tour Review’ is scheduled for 9th December 2020
When the calm of Saxford St Peter is disrupted by a deadly fire at the Old Mill, amateur sleuth Eve Mallow finds herself investigating a most surprising mystery!
Everyone in Saxford St Peter is desperate to know more about Harry Tennant, the newcomer who owns the Old Mill. He usually keeps himself to himself, but he’s finally invited the villagers round for drinks, and Eve Mallow isn’t the only one looking forward to having some questions answered.
But two days before the party, a terrible fire sweeps through the mill, and Harry is found dead. When Eve passes the burned remains of his beautiful house, she can’t resist the call to investigate. Especially when it turns out quiet, charming Harry was living a double life as the famous advice writer Pippa Longford. Eve has to wonder what revelations were contained in the letters he received… and whether one of them was worth killing for.
Accompanied by her reliable dachshund sidekick Gus, Eve starts digging. She soon realises Harry was at the centre of a web of lives – and lies. There’s an uncle desperate to inherit, two women who thought they were his one and only, not to mention everyone who shared their darkest secrets with him. Was one of those strangers much closer to home than Harry knew? And can Eve untangle the truth before she finds herself face to face with a killer?
A completely charming page-turner, perfect for fans of Faith Martin, Agatha Christie and Betty Rowlands.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by:
Ambrosia at ‘The Purple Booker‘
Each week Ambrosia shares her own teaser lines and invites other bloggers to do the same. So if you have a few moments, why not stop by and see what’s on offer this time, after all, you never know where that next great read is going to come from!
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