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After the black sheep of the Fulton, family is found dead, the village of Saxford St Peter is quick to blame it on his past misdeeds. But Eve Mallow is on the hunt for someone closer to home…

When the down-on-his-luck Emory Fulton moves into crumbling Magpie Lodge and starts running historical tours, the locals are none too pleased. He’s inventing grisly tales about their lovely little village and disturbing everyone’s peace.

But then he’s found dead in his bath, and everyone is suddenly running scared. Could something strange be happening? After all, the murder mirrors one of Fulton’s stories about Saxford’s dark past…

But Eve Mallow is sure the answers lie in much more recent events.

Accompanied by her stalwart dachshund sidekick Gus, she starts to dig a little deeper. Could it be Fulton’s snobbish bigwig brother or the suspicious local academic? Why was his goddaughter handing him mysterious parcels, and why wouldn’t his sister-in-law let him in her house?

As Eve unravels the secrets of the living and the dead, one thing is for sure: Fulton was a haunted, hunted man. And if Eve doesn’t crack the case soon, she might find whoever wanted to keep Fulton quiet on her trail too…

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I received a copy of this book from Bookouture via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Eve is ever the perfect amateur sleuth with an inquiring mind and lots of contacts in the village. As the obituary writer, she has a foolproof reason for asking questions. Surprisingly revelations mean that earthly suspects supersede the ghostly ones. The latest Eve Mallow mystery has a distinctly ghostly feel to it. Ghost tours at Magpie lodge are upsetting the villagers. When the instigator dies, Eve has to write his obituary and gets the chance to investigate the reasons for his death with the help of Gus and Robin.

I like the clever detecting, great plot twists and vibrant characters in this engaging cosy mystery.

Read my reviews of previous books in the series.

Mystery on Hidden Lane (Book1) – Read my review

Mystery at Apple Cottage(Book2) – Read my review

Mystery at the Old Mill (Book4)Read my review

Mystery at the Abbey Hotel (Book 5) – Read my review

Mystery at the Church (Book 6) – Read my review