Sunday, November 13, 2022



Eve Mallow is back on the case.  She is invited to cater the Founders Day event at the very prestigious Southwood School.  She can’t wait to see the inside of the beautiful and historic building. When she arrives, she discovers that the building is much more beautiful than she expected.  Alumni, Natalie Somerson and queen gossip girl is the guest of honor.  Her speech brings up an old scandalous secret love affair, angering many attendees.  The next day Natalie is found dead in a room in the attic that was locked.  The police’s number one suspect happens to be Eve’s boyfriend Robin.  Eve’s immediate mission is to find the killer and clear Robin’s name.  She begins her own investigation, interviewing everyone she possibly can, from the school principal to former teachers.  Natalie affected so many lives, and not in a positive way.  Eve needs to quicken her sleuthing and find the killer before she becomes the next victim.

I loved this installment to the fabulous Eve Mallow Mystery Series.  This story immediately pulled me in from the very beginning.  It was a quick read because I couldn’t wait to find out whodunnit.  I was flying through the pages at a rapid speed, as my heartbeat quickened, and my mind raced, wondering who was the culprit.  Eve Mallow is such a likable character, and I found myself cheering her on to solve the case.  This book is perfect for all cozy mystery fans, with the perfect combination of intrigue plus plot twists and turns.  This wonderful addition to the series can be read as a stand-alone novel, but I recommend reading the whole series.  I definitely recommend this book.

Thank you Clare Chase for such a gripping continuation to the amazing Eve Mallow Mystery Series, I loved it. 


Rating: 5 out of 4.



Author:  Clare Chase 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 10, 2022 
Pages: 300 
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Eve Mallow’s going back to school! But when a former student is murdered, Eve must discover who taught her a deadly lesson… 

Eve Mallow is delighted when she’s asked to cater Founders’ Day at Southwood School. It’s the best – and most secretive – school for miles around, and Eve can’t wait to see what it’s really like. But when she arrives, the atmosphere is far from scholarly. Natalie Somerson, ex-pupil and professional gossip, is the guest of honour, but nobody seems to want her there… especially when her speech stirs up an old scandal about a secret love affair. So why was she invited?

The next morning, Natalie is found dead in a locked attic room. To make matters worse, Eve’s boyfriend Robin becomes the police’s prime suspect. Determined to prove his innocence, Eve starts to investigate everyone with a stake in the school. Is it the prudish principal, worried about Natalie’s influence? Her former teacher, whose life Natalie made miserable? Or the head girl, who seemed to hate Natalie one day and adore her the next?

When strange letters arrive at the school and Eve finds a bottle of Natalie’s perfume in the most unexpected place, she senses time is running out to save Robin’s good name. Eve had better study her suspects and unmask the real killer… 
before they give her a fatal mark! 


Clare Chase writes classic mysteries. Her aim is to take readers away from it all via some armchair sleuthing in atmospheric locations.

Like her heroines, Clare is fascinated by people and what makes them tick. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in settings as diverse as Littlehey Prison and the University of Cambridge, in her home city. She’s lived everywhere from the house of a lord to a slug-infested flat and finds the mid-terrace she currently occupies a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

If you would like to get in touch, Clare would love to hear from you. You can follow her on Twitter, find her on Facebook, and through her website.


  1. Thanks so much for this lovely review, Caroline!

    1. It was wonderful. Thanks for sharing your story. #BookLove📚♥️📚