Mystery Monday: Sweet Miss Seeton, A Miss Seeton Mystery by Hamilton Crane

MysteryMondayMeme02Sweet Miss Seeton is based on a character created by Heron Carvic (1913 – 1980) and is written by Sarah J. Mason under the pseudonym Hamilton Crane.  It is a satire of busybody women in small English villages who always end up in the middle of a murder investigation and without whom the police would never solve the crime.   This book is #20 in the Miss Seeton series.

sweetmissseetonMiss Seeton is a retired art teacher who still uses her sketchpad, often in a manner that assists the police.  She resides in the tiny village of Plummergen in a small but welcoming cottage inherited from her late cousin Flora.  The main characters consist of a police superintendent — Brinton, a detective constable — Foxon, and an overly-dramatic, eccentric sculptor (now working mainly in chocolate) named Antony Scarlett.  The cast is rounded out by a Scotland Yard superintendent named Delphick (known as Oracle) and an assortment of gossiping locals.

Miss Seeton is drawn to a London gallery exhibition of the work of Scarlett and is horrified when he later turns up at her cottage badgering her to sell it to her so he can mould it from the inside out in chocolate and then demolish it as his entry in the Stuttaford Foundation art contest while Superintendent Brinton is made aware by his young bank manager of a serious decline in resources among the elderly of Plummergen and the surrounding villages.  Several senior citizens have starved to death while others have been forced out of their homes.  When one death has been confirmed as a suicide, Brinton and Foxon are able to begin an investigation, gently insinuating Miss Ess (as they call Miss Seeton) into the home of a skin and bones senior who has fallen in The Street and broken her leg in order to try to find out what has caused her decline.

When the beautiful former model of Mr. Scarlett shows up in Plummergen and is befriended by Miss Ess, she begins to recognize her own talent and regain her confidence after being so poorly treated by Scarlett.  She spends much time sketching in the vicinity of the village and even acquires a serious beau.  The whole village is shocked and confused when she is discovered strangled early one morning.

sarahjmasonI found the beginning of this story rather dark and dreary — hard to get into.  Once it got going, however, it was a good plot with enough action and twists to keep one’s interest.  Despite its beginning, it was a rather cozy read.  Quite enjoyable.  * * * 1/2

I received a free copy of the ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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MysteryMondayMeme02If you, too, are a fan of mysteries, I hope you’ll not only enjoy my Monday posts but will contribute by publishing your own Monday Mystery, mentioning my meme, then come to my blog, comment on your mystery (or mine) briefly, and include the link directly to your mystery review.  You can also copy my MMM badge to your post.

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About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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One Response to Mystery Monday: Sweet Miss Seeton, A Miss Seeton Mystery by Hamilton Crane

  1. I really enjoy this series when I first read them years ago. Just remember times have changed since it was written. I especially enjoy the “Nuts”.
    My link today is another cat series about a Maine Coon, Diesel who walks on lead. This is the 5th book in the series.
    https://idahobluebird50.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/twelve-angry-librarians-b-miranda-james/

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