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- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publisher: Farrago (May 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075728RFP
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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She's not Miss Marple, she's no Sherlock... Those mystery hounds are far sassier than our MissEss. But as ladylike as she is, there's a bit of pepper in her that she can't always control. And a lot of insight that comes bubbling to the surface to surprise pretty much everybody. Including her.
If you're looking for a mystery solving heroine that's not so hard to take and lovable beyond measure, give Miss Seeton a read. You won't be sorry.
This is, without doubt, going to be my favourite Miss Seeton story. Extremely well-written and edited and grammatically correct it is a pleasure to read, although there are a couple of glitches in some words which I put down to the digitisation of the book. Miss Seeton has been compared with Miss Marple in some reviews, and to a certain extent this is so, but only superficially. Miss Seeton is described by a Detective at Scotland Yard as a catalyst and catalyst she certainly is in this book. She has the most delightful monologues in her head that give the readers insight, while the person/people with her have no idea what she is thinking, and invariably jump to the wrong conclusions. The other people in the book are very well characterised, especially the other members of the village, who are all a a real hoot and deserve their places in the story. There are several other characters more on the fringes, but who also add to the enjoyment.
There are some truly funny incidents and some absolutely whacky ones, but I can't give any examples without 'spoiling' the story. I will say that the ending 'piece' couldn't be bettered and was very fitting, in fact, one of my favourite parts.
I think this book could be read as a stand alone as it does give brief mention to the background of Miss Seeton in book 1.
Miss Seeton may be satirizing detective novels and elderly female sleuths, but at least she has Inspector Delphick ("the Oracle") who sees her worth and pays attention to her. With her unfailing good manners and distracted air-- and how on earth could I forget her umbrella? -- she unwittingly solves all the crimes in Plummergen, not that her fellow villagers appreciate it. In fact, one of the best scenes in Miss Seeton Draws the Line is one in which a group convenes to discuss village business and winds up conducting a vicious gossip session, all described by Carvic as a medieval joust. Splendid! The scene reminded me of two things: (1) why I moved from the village where I grew up, and (2) the writing of T. H. White in The Once and Future King. Since I love White's novel, this is definitely meant as a compliment.
If you need (several) good laughs, if you need to be charmed, if you need a read that draws you inexorably to the next book in the series, by all means start reading the Miss Seeton mysteries. They are wonderful! (Although I am wondering if Miss Seeton ever discovers where all the strange pillows and cushions in her cottage came from...)
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Plummergen is much as it usually is apart from a spate of thefts and Miss Seeton quite welcomes a request from Superintendent Delphick to go to London and draw a picture of a child murdered recently in Lewisham which is the latest of a series of horrific child murders.
I found this book just as enjoyable to read as the first one in the series and I laughed out loud at some of the scenes and the dialogue. Once again Miss Seeton finds herself in the middle of crimes as they happen and somehow manages to thwart the criminals and come out on top. Fortunately she is still doing her yoga exercises and they keep her supple and enable her to move swiftly when necessary.
If you want something light hearted in the crime and mystery genre then this book and this series may be just what you're looking for. It is well written with some marvellous characters and an all too true evocation of village life with its rumours and counter rumours - always with a small grain of truth somewhere in them.
I also found the somewhat " light " treatment of child murder to be rather disturbing. The part of the book which really worked for me were the episodes involving the corrupt bank cashier ..here the plot seemed to take off and also be quite amusing . I am not sure that the rest of the series will be for me but clearly other reviewers have different thoughts.
she is a brilliant writer taking the book twists and turns along the way