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Miss Seeton Undercover (Heron Carvic's Miss Seton) Hardcover – April 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1st edition (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425141373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425141373
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,424,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The pseudonymous Crane, the second author (after Hampton Charles) to continue the characters created by Heron Carvic, appears for the first time in hardcover in this latest (after Starring Miss Seeton) in this long-running English cozy series. The village of Plummergen is populated with many quaint characters: Sir George Colveden, a bluff-and-bluster military type; Mrs. Flax, village Wise Woman and maker of potions; the busybody Nuttell sisters, known as the Nuts; and Miss Emily Seeton, retired art teacher and consultant to Scotland Yard. "Miss Ess" has the psychic ability "to See" and to sketch "what she has Seen," often revealing clues overlooked by the police. In this outing, she helps solve two crime waves: the Ram Raids and the Sideboard Swipers, each of which involves the theft of antiques and artworks. While paying scant attention to the perpetration or investigation of those crimes, Crane details to the nth degree the gossipy, rumor-mongering population of Plummergen. The solution of the crime, and even the near death of Miss Seeton are anticlimactic, as most of Plummergen anticipates the annual Produce Show, scene of fierce competition against the rival village of Murreystone. Mystery Guild selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

This hardover resurrection for Miss Emily Seeton, the retired art teacher whose sketches have made her an unofficial Scotland Yard consultant--but who's been confined to paperback since her creator Heron Carvic's death some ten years ago--finds her knee-deep in village intrigue. A television crew headlined by rising director Jeremy Froste has come to Plummergen to gather material for an installment of the cooking program Not All Roast Beef; Froste is determined to track down the elusive apple known as the Plummergen Peculier; a conker match (horse chestnuts are batted instead of cricket balls) against rival village Murreystone seems fated to end in some darkly hinted treachery; and Miss Seeton's herbal contributions to the match have her gossipy neighbors branding her a witch. There's hardly a moment to spare for a gang of art and antiques thieves who are starting to turn to violence.... A deep-dyed village idyll with a tiny, tiny mystery and a characteristic Rube Goldberg climax. (Mystery Guild selection) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Seeton adventures are the best reads that I have come across. I re-read these novels several times a year, I have them all. The unsinkbale Miss Seeton manages to do it again. I have to say that my favorite part of the novel is not the mystery itself per se, but the hysterical villagers. I re-read the books over and over just for them. They could have their own show that would be something like a cross between Keeping up Appearances and Fawlty Towers. They are the limit, esp. the busybodies, the "Nuts". The "Nuts" are in every book and just get crazier and crazier with each book, soemtimes I laugh so hard my sides hurt.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The protagonist, Miss Seeton, is in the early stages of dementia, and so, apparently, is the plot. I kept stumbling through the book, trying in vain to make sense of her incoherent ramblings, vainly hoping that the loose strings would come together, that a clear plot would emerge. Alas, (and finally!), I came to the end, aware of several unrelated mysteries, some of which didn't have solutions or explanations.
Miss Seeton apparently solves mysteries by doodling, but of what, the author never really says, nor how this helps to solve the crime.
There were lucid scenes in the book, and even some humorous ones. I kept reading, mainly to see if a plot would emerge, if the effort put into reading the book would pay off. Alas, it didn't. Or, in the words of Miss Seeton herself: "Mementoes of his old ship, one imagines. A spendid display, indeed, though I had always supposed that one brought them down--the Girl Guides, you know--except that I believe the correct term is strike--like tents. Unless the gin pennant doesn't count. At sunset--or gongs, which could be most confusing if one was not careful, though he must be accustomed to them, I imagine, from the war. Sir George, that is, not the admiral. One could hardly use them at sea without considerable difficulty, and the idea that the navy would be unable to find an easier way...Tents, of course. Except that the term is used by members of Her Majesty's Forces to describe medals, is it not? Gongs, I mean, which of course they have, being all most gallant and courageous gentlemen--Sir George, and the admiral, and Colonel Windup, though I confess..." (pgs 183-4)
It's not any better in context.
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