Claire Barclay has moved back to Britain permanently after years working part-time in Seattle as a book tour guide. A recent inheritance has made it possible for her to start her own book tour business and her new home in the village of Ashton-on-Tinch is the perfect base for her to work from as it is within driving distance of several mystery books settings and famous authors sites. Her entrance into the small community is marred when she discovers the dead body of the local book club president. She works to solve the mystery as she navigates new friends, new enemies, and the joys of owning a home.
For virtual book tours it is rare to get to review the first book in a new series. I am almost always coming into the series after it is well established. I found this series concept delightful. The idea of conducting tours through the English countryside to places and settings in the books I read is a fun one. I would do it myself in a heartbeat, especially with a tour guide like Claire. She has the little tidbits of knowledge that separate the amateur from a person worth paying attention to. I very much enjoyed being introduced to the community of what I hope will be series regulars. The book club members each have their own charm and what would a cozy be without a handsome policeman on the arm? Ashton-on-Tinch seems like a great place to live and an even better setting for the occasional tragic murder.
While the focus of the book seems to be setting up the series, Claire never loses sight of the mystery surrounding the death that greeted her entry into the village. I love the tie ins with Agatha Christy and Claire’s turn of thought. I have to admit that the person whodunnit was the person I had hoped had, it was satisfying in so many ways particularly as the climax of the story played out. I definitely see myself visiting Claire and Gulliver on many occasions to come.
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In a quiet English village Claire Barclay learns that even an invitation to tea can be deadly. –Hazards in Hampshire (A British Book Tour Mystery 1) by Emma Dakin @author_mcrookTweet
Moving to a quiet English village should have been tranquil, but Claire Barclay learns that even an invitation to tea can be deadly. Who killed Mrs. Paulson, the president of the local Mystery Books Club? Was the motive for murder located in the archives of the book club? The members of the books club might have reason to want Mrs. Paulson’s out of the way. She had lived in the village all her life, been involved in many organizations and societies and knew many secrets of the villagers. Was one secret too dangerous for her to keep? She had been wealthy and left her money to a member of the club. Could the legatee have been impatient for her inheritance? Who cared enough to want her dead? Claire, an expert in solving problems in her job as a tour guide, decides to delve into the archives and into the lives of the villagers—and find out.