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The Trust M.H. Eccleston (Astrid Swift, 1) 5*#Review @MarkEccleston1 @HoZ_Books @AriesFiction #TheTrust #AstridSwift #CozyMystery #MurderMystery #Dorset #BookReview

Ever so wholesome.
Ever so deadly…

When a local man is found murdered in an English Trust stately home, the community is shaken to its core.

None more so than newcomer Astrid Swift, who finds the body. When she moved from London to the sleepy Dorset village and got a job at the house as an art restorer, she thought she was heading for a quieter life.

Far from it. Because it turns out that rather than being the genteel organisation it seems on the surface, the Trust is a hotbed of politics and intrigue. As Astrid’s new friend Kath from the village says: ‘It’s like the mafia, but with scones.’

As the suspicious deaths mount up and the threat draws closer, Astrid must use every gadget in her restorer’s toolkit to solve the mystery, save her reputation – and maybe even her life.

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I received a copy of this book from Head of Zeus-Aries via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Whilst this story undoubtedly has the cosy mystery vibe. Astrid Swift doesn’t immediately strike the reader as the quirky amateur sleuth persona essential in this type of mystery. A successful fine art restorer working in a high profile gallery., Astrid enjoys her life until a. chance discovery forces a rethink. Astrid finds herself in coastal Dorset, discovering the legacy left to her by her favourite uncle.

As she sheds her city glamour, a new Astrid emerges, and she is a charming blend of astute, funny and vulnerability. The people she meets are flawed but believable characters, and she soon realises these are people she can trust. Discovering a body turns her into an amateur sleuth determined to find the truth whatever the risk to her safety.

There is an excellent cast of suspects in a twisty plot with pleasing original touches. Astrid’s emotional journey of self-realisation explores controlling relationships and gives the female protagonist positive character development.

The story has lots of humour, a sound mystery and a believable emotional quality that makes it engaging reading. I look forward to Astrid’s next adventure.

M.H. Eccleston

M.H. Eccleston has had a fairly meandering career – starting out as a radio presenter for the BBC, then staying at the Beeb as a journalist and producer for six years. After that, it’s a bit of a blur – he spent a couple of decades, at least, freelancing as a foreign correspondent, TV presenter, voice-over artist and film critic. For the last few years, he’s been a full-time screenwriter and now novelist, with some wildlife gardening in the summer to keep himself sane and pay the bills.


Author, blogger and book reviewer. I am the author of 'The Dragon Legacy' series and 'The Dangerous Gift'. Animal welfare supporter. Loves reading, writing, countryside walks, cookery and gardening, .

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