Saturday, November 11, 2023



Saltwater Cottages is a brand new arts and crafts center in the beautiful picturesque Saxford.  They finally open their doors for some amazing art courses.  Eve Mallow and her best friend Viv are the first to sign up.  But when guest artist Nena Field’s body is found, the art classes will have to wait.  Eve Mallow with her super sleuthing skills jumps into action.  Eve begins to question all the attendees, and with the help of her friend Viv, they are running out of time and must find the killer before it’s too late.

Mystery at Saltwater Cottages written by author Clare Chase, is a wonderful addition to the Eve Mallow Mystery Series.  This wonderful whodunnit was a fantastic addition to this great series.  I enjoyed the story from beginning to end and with the plot twists and turns, the author kept me flying through the pages.  I love Gus, the dachshund, an amazing addition to the story line.   This wonderful cozy mystery is one that I enjoyed very much and look forward to Eve Mallow’s next adventure.  This cozy mystery can be enjoyed as a standalone, but I definitely recommend reading this series. 


Rating: 5 out of 4.



Author:  Clare Chase 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 6, 2023
Pages: 296 
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Saltwater Cottages, Saxford’s new arts and crafts centre, is as pretty as a picture. But when murder makes a blot on the landscape, Eve Mallow must draw on all her detective skills to solve the case! 

When beautiful Saltwater Cottages opens, offering art courses in charming surroundings, 
Eve Mallow and best friend Viv sign up straight away. Viv’s brother Simon is in charge, and they all want him to succeed.

But from the start, Eve finds herself in a sticky situation. Famous guest artist 
Nena Field is a complete nightmare, painting everyone in a bad light. So when Eve finds her body in Blind-Eye Wood, there’s no shortage of suspects. But who could have hated her enough to take her life? Was it the curiously over-qualified cook, the secretive manager, or the chatty receptionist, mysteriously missing at the time of the murder?

Determined to find the killer and save Simon’s business, Eve sets to work sketching out a theory of the crime. Nena was working on a secret painting when she died, which has now vanished without a trace, and Eve is convinced it holds the answers she needs. But when all her best suspects seem to have alibis, Eve is forced back to the drawing board.

Then Eve has her own brush with death, and realises she must be on the right track. But what did she see or hear at Saltwater Cottages, and 
can she find the killer before they paint her out of the picture? 


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 for this wonderful review, Caroline! I'm so happy that you enjoyed the latest book! :)

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