Hazards in Hampshire The British Book Tour Mysteries | Book 1
From: Camel Press
“Cozy fans will delight in the many references to popular fictional sleuths that are woven into the story, and they’ll also enjoy a peek into the life of ex-pat Claire as she settles into the English village.” —Sara Rosett, USA Today bestselling author of the Murder on Location series
Claire expected her hostess to be boring, not dead. A body in the pavilion is too much reality for tour guide Claire Barclay. Her tourists are intrigued, but Claire finds her position as a suspect highly uncomfortable.
Claire Barclay returns to England from her last post in Seattle, finally buying a house in a village and settling down at forty-six. She responds to an invitation to tea and stumbles upon the murdered body of Mrs. Paulson, a prominent villager. As the first person to find the victim, she is one of the first to be investigated by the police. She answers the persistent questions of Detective Inspector Mark Evans and convinces him she did not kill Mrs. Paulson. By then, she is determined to find out who did kill her. Mrs. Paulson had been the president of the local Mystery Books Club? Was the motive for murder located in the archives of the book club? Three ladies from San Francisco join Claire’s book tour and, with avid curiosity, help Claire investigate the murder. Complicated by Claire`s need to care for her newly acquired Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, they travel through Hampshire, Sussex and Oxfordshire to visit sites of mystery writers such as Carola Dunn, Rhys Bowen, Agatha Christie, Hamilton Crane and Jeanne Dams. The tourists are enthusiastic about mystery novels and also about the local murder and offer imaginative solutions. Claire listens to their advice, attempting to ferreting out the story behind the murder while trying not to impede the official enquiry of the increasingly attractive Detective Inspector Mark Evans.
An independent woman, her dog and murder. Throw in a Hampshire village and you have the perfect setting for a cozy.
Reviews are encouraging:
Hazards in Hampshire (A British Book Tour Mystery)
by Emma Dakin
. . . if you’re a fan of Cozy Mysteries, Agatha Christie, and others or a fan of British themed books you’ll love this one. I enjoyed Hazards in Hampshire and I am waiting anxiously for book 2. I love finding a new series!
~My Reading Journeys
Hazards in Hampshire was a great start to this British Book Tour Mystery series and I can’t wait to read more from Emma Dakin, this a was good clean cozy mystery set in a wonderful location.
A genteel read with nice characters, HAZARDS IN HAMPSHIRE creates the feel of an Agatha Christie-style
~Cinnamon and Sugar and a little bit of Murder
Hazards in Hampshire . . . weaves a story around a lively cast of villagers, relatives, and tourists; an archive of Agatha Christie memorabilia; and noteworthy social relationships and events . . . All of these aspects make it an enjoyable read.
~Book Club Librarian
What a brilliant start to a new series with a wonderful cast of characters that I want to find out more about!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
This is definitely a book lover’s dream read: a town book club for mystery readers, bookish tours, pets with novel names, a private library housing a collection of Agatha Christie letters, and all the charm of the English landscape. This was an absolutely fantastic concept . . .
~That’s What She’s Reading
I am hoping this is the first of many delightful books for this series . . . I found the world-building to be enchanting and the mystery interesting. I look forward to where this series might take us.
My favorite part of this book was the authenticity of all the characters. It was easy to identify with forty-six-year-old Claire, especially her recent inheritance that allowed her to restart her life in a new direction.
~Diane Reviews Books
This is a classic cozy mystery, and I loved every moment of it. There are some twists and turns to the plot, and the characters are all well developed and believable making this one of the best cozy mysteries that I have read in a long time, I read the entire book in one session, I was that enthralled by it. I think that it is well worth reading for anyone who is a fan of this genre. I will definitely look for more from Emma Dakin, I love a good mystery and she delivered.
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Book II Crime in Cornwall
Book III Perils in Yorkshire