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Title: A Death at Seascape House
Series: A Jemima Jago Mystery #1
Author: Emma Jameson
Pub Date 27 Apr 2021
This is the first book in a new series featuring Jemima (Jem) Jago as the amateur detective. She’s actually a librarian who is returning to her childhood home island of St Morwenna one of the Scilly Isles, off the coast of Cornwall. With books, an idyllic setting and a small community, I really looked forward to reading this – and wasn’t disappointed.
It is twenty years since Jem left the island vowing never to return but now the opportunity to catalogue a huge collection of antique shipwreck records stored in the home of one of her childhood best friends is just too tempting. She’s unsure of her welcome as she left after tragic events for which she was blamed, but maybe now is the time to put that all behind her. However, within a short time of landing back on the island Jem discovers the murdered body of her arch nemesis, Edith Reddy, the old lady who never had a kind word to say about her and plenty of unkind ones. . . . . That’s not the only bad news for Jem as the officer who turns up to investigate the murder is someone else she upset as a teen – and he’s not forgotten, immediately arresting her on suspicion of being the murderer! She’s going to have to do some investigating of her own to help clear her name and bring the real perpetrator to justice!
This is a glorious setting, with a small community containing an eclectic mix of characters, many of whom assume that Jem hasn’t altered in the twenty years she’s been away. I’ll be honest, as usual, and say that for the first part of this story I really didn’t like Jem, she seemed so stroppy without the need to be, especially for someone who is thirty four years old and no longer a rebellious teenager. However, as she starts to reconnect with folks from her past and makes new friends she kind of grows on you and I totally changed my mind about her. There’s plenty of clues, lots of suspects, many secrets and surprises to keep you guessing. It is an engaging read and I can’t wait to read more stories featuring Jem in future – and to discover just how her relationships with friends old and new develop.
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
With its sweeping sandy beaches and rolling emerald hills, the island of St. Morwenna is an idyllic escape. But behind the perfectly pruned primroses and neighborly smiles a killer lies in wait…
When librarian Jemima Jago is offered the opportunity to catalogue Cornwall’s largest collection of antique shipwreck records it is a dream come true. The only problem? The collection is housed on the island of St. Morwenna, the childhood home she left years ago and vowed never to return to.
Shortly after Jem arrives back in town, island busybody and notorious grump Edith Reddy is found dead, with duct tape clamped over her mouth and nose. Jem, caught seemingly red-handed at the scene of the crime, mistakenly becomes the police’s number one suspect. The handsome Sergeant Hackman in particular can’t seem to leave Jem alone…
Jem must take matters into her own hands if she wants to clear her name. Snooping around Edith’s once-grand home, she is struck by the mess before her. The bedroom is completely ransacked and in the living room all the photographs have been removed from their frames. Was Edith’s death simply a break-in gone wrong, or is there more to the mystery that the police are missing?
Jem has a sharp eye for a clue and she soon realizes that many of the island’s eccentric residents had reason for wanting Edith out of the way. Could Declan, the curious café owner, or Bart, the fishy ferryman have killed Edith? Jem won’t rest until she uncovers the truth, but doing so will put her right in the killer’s line of sight…
A totally charming cozy mystery from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Jameson. Brimming with intrigue and warm humor, fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Betty Rowlands will love A Death at Seascape House.