Review: Miss Seeton by Moonlight by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic. Farrago.

seeton-moonlightMiss Seeton is trying to enjoy her peaceful village life in her little cottage. She enjoys doing a bit of sketching and gardening, and improving her yoga skills But once again, there are villains at work in the area. This time, there are two. The first is a cat burglar known as Raffles who cleverly makes off with art and precious jewels and holds the valuables for ransom. Then there is the entity known as Croesus who seems to favor quite varied art objects with a wintery flavor.

It is a given that the village gossip mill is in full operation, and of course Miss Seeton is called upon for her unique talents. She spends quite a pleasant time sight-seeing (on assignment) with her adopted niece Anne, wife of Scotland Yard detective Bob Ranger.

I must admit, while entertained by this bucolic tale, I was wondering where the “moonlight” of the title came into the story. Not to worry. The moon does arise, about two-thirds of the way into the book, and it’s worth the wait. You know, while I really admire the efforts of those who have taken up the storytelling mantle of the original author, Heron Carvic, I have not found the later books to contain as many laugh-out-loud passages as Mr. Carvic gave us. But the description of the moonlight ride of Miss Seeton comes very close to emulating the best of the original author’s work. These books are just great fun to read.

Once again, my sincere thanks to Farrago and NetGalley for making an advance copy available for me to read and review.

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