Friday, May 05, 2023



Julian Fisher, novelist buys Farfield Castle and he wants to turn it into a writers’ retreat.  But the villagers wanted to buy the castle and keep it for themselves.  Julian throws a lavish party and invites all the villagers to attend.  He serves the very best food and treats the villagers like royalty.   Amateur sleuth Eve Mallow, wants to enjoy the party but hears a scuffle and recognizes the voice of Kitty, Julian’s wife arguing with some of the guests.  Not long after, Kitty’s body is found in the castle’s icehouse.  Eve jumps into action and begins to solve the case.  So many guests had motive but time is running out and she must work with Detective Palmer to find the killer, before the killer strikes again.

Mystery at Farfield Castle by author Clare Chase is a wonderful addition to the Eve Mallow Mystery Series.  This story was utterly entertaining and as soon as I had it all figured out, the twist happened.  I was completely surprised at the ending and I loved how captivating this story was.  This was one cozy mystery that kept me flying through the pages.  Each installment continues to be a delightful read, and keeps this series on my favorites list.   I loved it, and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 4.



Author:  Clare Chase 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 5, 2023
Pages: 330 
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Beautiful Farfield Castle is opening its grounds for a party, and everyone in Saxford’s invited. But as the champagne flows, the owner takes a fatal fall. Fortunately, amateur sleuth Eve Mallow is on the case! 

When novelist 
Julian Fisher buys Farfield Castle to turn the charming old building into a writers’ retreat, he wants the neighbours onside. But he has his work cut out: Saxford St Peter locals tried to buy the castle for the village, and are furious that only the very rich will be able to enjoy it.

At the lavish launch party, Fisher treats the villagers like royalty, but 
Eve Mallow is distracted by the tension in the air. She watches as Fisher’s wife Kitty 
argues with several guests, almost in tears, before she disappears altogether… 

Later that evening, when Kitty is found dead in the castle’s icehouse, it’s quickly proved to be no accident. With dozy Detective Palmer on the wrong track, Eve can’t resist getting involved. Convinced the answers lie inside Farfield Castle, Eve questions an overly inquisitive journalist, Kitty’s less-than-loyal husband, and his prickly PA.

But when it emerges that a family heirloom and Julian’s computer both went missing on the night of the party, Eve is sure that solving the theft will solve the murder. Who is behind this deadly tale… and can Eve find the killer before she gets written off?


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. Thank you so much, Caroline! I'm really happy that you enjoyed the book!

    1. Thank you for sharing your story…I loved it! #BookLove📚♥️📚