The new Miss Seeton mystery – the first in almost 20 years!
It’s practically a Royal Marriage. The highly eligible son of Miss Seeton’s old friends Sir George and Lady Colveden has wed the daughter of a French count.
Miss Seeton lends her talents to the village scheme to create a quilted ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ of local history, inspired by the wedding. But her intuitive sketches reveal a startlingly different perspective—involving buried Nazi secrets, and links to the mysterious death of a diplomat and to a South American dictator . . .
Serene amidst every kind of skulduggery, this eccentric English spinster steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles, armed with nothing more than her sketchpad and umbrella!
From Netgalley in exchange for a review.
Now I will admit that, despite this being the 22nd book in the series, I had never heard of Miss Seeton, never mind reading any of the books. Which is possibly because it’s a parody of, rather than challenger for Miss Marple. A golden age cozy mystery this isn’t! Set sometime in the 1970s (long after suicide and Homosexuality were decriminalised) Miss Seeton is a retired art teacher, riding round her village of Plummergen on her push bike. The other residents of Plummergen are used to Miss Seeton getting into untold “adventures” and are prone to overhearing half conversations and making up whole new stories….such as Miss Seeton wanting a new belt for her inherited sewing machine, and a whole story being fabricated over her taking part in kinky sex parties with the much younger Dan Eggleden from the Smithy (where she had gone for a replacement leather strap). Later, seeing the police in the churchyard with a metal detector (looking for tunic buttons) only lead to gossip about body snatching and calls for the dead to be left to rest in peace.